Artists can explore, reflect, extrapolate, or rearrange in any number of ways the barrage of endless data we all must navigate each day. In Bridgeport, Connecticut, the Housatonic Museum of Art’s ‘Eye on the Storm’ exhibition, curated by D. Dominick Lombardi, showcases many artists’ explorations of the worlds of both hard data and social media. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 13 from 5 to 7pm, and the event is free and open to the public. ‘Eye on the Storm’ will be on display through July 26.
The art in this exhibition responds to or reflects upon the sometimes overwhelming storm of information in roughly three phases. The calm comes into view with mixed media works like “Touch” by Anita Arliss, a piece that captures the haunting stillness right before a disruptive event. The storm has representation with the collages of Chambliss Giobbi, which suggest the storm may have its greatest effect on the human psyche. The aftermath is expressed with works like Trong Nguyen’s “Library, where the artist, in an attempt to put all the pieces back together again, writes the entire text of various books, word for word, on individual grains of rice.
Artists in the exhibition include Isak Applin, Anita Arliss, Jonathan Beer, Susan Breen, Mia Brownell, Ernest Concepcion, Paul Gagner, Chambliss Giobbi, Richard Höglund, Shawn Huckins, Marcus Jansen, Arcady Kotler, D. Dominick Lombardi, Marci MacGuffie, Tim Merry, Arnold Mesches, Rashaad Newsome, Trong Nguyen, Leah Oates, Rebecca Reeve, Holly Sears, Karen Shaw, Patricia Smith, D. Jack Solomon, and Melanie Vote.
‘Eye on the Storm’ is on display in the Housatonic Museum of Art’s Burt Chernow Galleries in Lafayette Hall at Housatonic Community College (HCC) through July 26. The galleries are open Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 5:30pm and Thursdays until 7pm. For more information, visit housatonicmuseum.org.
HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte 8 (Exit 1), a block from the arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the HCC garage.