Through Thr 31 Jan 2013, the art show at WMRA's Harrisonburg facility will include altered photos by Corinne Diop and Susan Zurbrigg in an exhibit called Phenomena. Art peekers welcome 9-5 weekdays. The two are JMU art instructors who added blocks of color, representations of linear data (like seismographs, polygraphs, etc), and other features to photographic images to create hybrid scenes somewhere between reality and abstract geometry. Aware that the arts get little news coverage and visual art almost never gets broadcast attention, WMRA, as a service to the region's creative community, has provided visual artists a place to show (and occasional airtime too) since 2005 .
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.
Corinne Diop, 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.
Corinne Diop and Susan Zurbrigg
PublicRadioArtSpace % WMRA, 983 Reservoir Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
November 13, 2012 – February 1, 2013
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