ARTIST:.....Corinne Diop and Susan Zurbrigg.
EXHIBIT TITLE: .....Phenomena.
MEDIA: .....Photography, photo-based 2-d.
DATE: .....Tue 13 Nov 2012 - Thr 3 Jan 2013.
CURATOR/ART JUDGE: .....Terry Ward.
GALLERY MANAGER/ART HANGER: .....Terry Ward.
Diop: Polygraph 02 0 0
See also: http://www.wmra.org/post/phenomena-art-show
The artists' statement: Corinne Diop and Susan Zurbrigg are
both Professors of Art in the School of Art, Design & Art History at
James Madison University, Diop in photography and Zurbrigg in painting.
By definition, phenomena are observable facts or events that
can be related to space and time, and in this two-person exhibition by
Diop and Zurbrigg each investigates this ephemeral topic. Zurbrigg uses
images appropriated from a series of color slides of an anonymous family
as the basis for her constructed compositions while Diop is exploring
data captured on linear graphing machines, such as polygraph recorders
and tidal predictors, combined with abstract photographs. Both artists
explore the idea of the temporal, the ostensible concreteness of
documented markers, and the mystery they evoke.
originally from Goodville, Pennsylvania, moved to Harrisonburg to attend
Eastern Mennonite High School. Diop’s undergraduate degree is from JMU
and her MFA is from University of Washington in Seattle. Her work is in
photography and mixed media, and reflects her combined interests in
math, science, philosophy and art. Her recent solo exhibitions include
Surface at Arts Council of the Valley and Nature- Order at Blue Ridge
Community College Art Gallery. She recently exhibited at Spitzer Art
Center and was in the group shows Divergent Visions: Graduate Faculty at
James Madison University at Staunton Augusta Art Center and Light
Scattered: Photography at JMU and Action of Play: A Selection of Work by
JMU Graduate Faculty, both at Capital One in Richmond, VA. Diop
completed an artist’s residency at The Virginia Atelier at the Cite
Internationale des Arts in Paris, France. A Professor of Art and Area
Head of Photography, Diop has taught undergraduate and graduate
photography at JMU since 1989, and served as the Graduate Program
Director from 2006 - 2011.
Susan Zurbrigg is from Chicago,
Illinois and was educated at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
and at Indiana University, Bloomington where she earned her MFA in
painting. Zurbrigg is an abstract painter whose work examines issues of
cultural identity. Her work has been featured in numerous national and
regional exhibition venues, such as Funktified at The Stellar Center for
the Arts, Stony Brook, New York, Building Picturing at The Painting
Center in New York City, I Live Here at The RKL Gallery in Williamsburg
Brooklyn, New York, Personal Business at The Haas Gallery Bloomsburg,
Pennsylvania, and Zenda an Installation and Performance collaboration
with The Jane Franklin Dance Company based in Washington, DC. Regional
exhibitions include Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville,
Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University, and The Darrin McHone
Art Gallery. Awards include a JMU Faculty Research Grant to Helsinki,
Finland and Oslo, Norway. An Associate Professor of Art, she has taught
undergraduate and graduate painting and drawing at JMU since 2000, and
served as the Graduate Program Director from 2003-2006.