Past Exhibitions

Mayan Power & Jungle Scenes / Faux Finish

October 6 - December 12, 2007

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Jamie Borowicz reveals the Mayan ruins at Tikal and the mystique of the Peten jungle in northern Guatemala. These sites provide an endless stream of visual ideas for his paintings and drawings. His large multi-faceted installations simulate a jungle experience; revealing monumental artifacts, contrasting light, vibrant colors, long lines of vegetation, and abundant variations of texture. Borowicz recalls the smells of wet soil and rotting vegetation, the incessant grinding of insects, the flash of an exotic bird’s plumage flying by, the roar of howler monkeys all around, and lightening crashing through the canopy. “This is the backdrop of the ruins of Tikal and the magnificent Mayan civilization… with the massive temples shrouded by the low level trees and the canopy,” explains Borowicz. “My large murals evolved over the years… replicating the feeling of being enclosed… and reflecting the complexity of jungle spaces and forms.”

Borowicz received his Ph.D. and M.A. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, and received his B.A. in art from Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA. His dissertation was titled “Images of Power and the Power of Images: Iconography of Stelae as an Indicator of Socio-Political Events in the Early Classic Maya Lowlands.” He completed post-graduate work in Florence, Italy, studying humanism in the visual arts and literature, and he received a Freeman Foundation grant to study Chinese art and culture. He has numerous exhibitions and publications, and has completed several archeological field experiences in Guatemala; including a trip this summer. He teaches at Mercyhurst College and Mercyhurst Preparatory School in Erie, PA.

Liz Lee questions how society subjectively interprets words and images, and how mass media and social stereotyping taint perceptions of the truth, is there a single image or written definition that can objectively represent a man or woman, liberal or conservative, Christian or Muslim? Can television’s erroneous images and sound-bites represent truth? Lee deconstructs artificial and ambiguous camera truths. “As a photographer, I am interested in the impact of media, and how the truth associated with the photograph actually destroys it. My images call attention to the presence of the artist and the reproduction machine, in hopes of shifting attention from the theme of reality to its transformation in the camera – from the taking to the making of an image,” says Lee. “In staging scenes that show a picture within a picture, my work comments on the relationship between the image and reality – a ‘faux’ documentation to dramatize the print’s dual identity – document and artistic creation.”.

Lee received her B.A. from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and an M.F.A. from the Savanna School of Art and Design, Savanna, GA. She is currently an associate professor and department chair of visual arts and new media at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Lee has exhibited at the Stephen Gang Gallery, New York, NY; the Center for Contemporary Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA; Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH; Boger Gallery, College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO; and the University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX. Her international exhibitions include the United Kingdom, Argentina, Malaysia, Russia, and Denmark. She has received numerous grants, awards, and professional honors.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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