About the artist:
About this exhibit: It isn’t exactly surrealist art. These works appear more as images plucked from a surreal world.
That is what awaits patrons when Andrew Au & Jennifer Purdum: Agency of Objects is presented July 19 through August 25 in the Regional Gallery. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 18. Au’s prints and sculpture arise from a childhood fascination with science fiction infused with political and social commentary. Purdum’s drawings capture memories stored in artistic “time capsules.” Together, they are a mix of conceptual and surrealist art.
Au’s work addresses the shortcomings of contemporary society by mixing science and nature with industrial advancement. Purdum’s works are a combination of collage and drawing in which natural and man-made objects are arranged into “cabinets” that appear as collaged texture, linear wood grains, dripping planar furnishings, or mass-produced decor.
Au, a Cincinnati-based artist, is associate professor of printmaking at Miami University Middletown (Ohio). His work has been exhibited in Estonia, Bulgaria, Canada, Turkey, Iceland and Denmark, as well in exhibits at Loyola University, San Diego Art Institute, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans and the Tinlark Gallery in Los Angeles, among other galleries.
The work of Purdum, also a native of Ohio, has been exhibited in Alpan Gallery at Huntington, N.Y., Katzen Center of American University at Washington, D.C., Youngstown (N.Y.) State University, and beta pictoris gallery/Maus Contemporary Art at Birmingham, Ala. Her work has been published in “Drawings Essentials, a Guide to Drawing from Observation,” by Deborah Rockman.
Andrew Au and Jennifer Purdum: Agency of Objects is sponsored by Leggett & Platt Inc. with additional financial support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.