On Thursday, January 18, Lyon College’s Kresge Gallery in the Alphin building will host an opening reception for Locating Edges: Lyon College Art Faculty Exhibition, which features the work of Lyon professors Dustyn Bork and Ian Campbell. The reception will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
The exhibition focuses on edges, but the two artists approach the topic in different ways and through different mediums. Influenced by architecture, Bork plays with the borders between colors, textures, and patterns. He lifts elements from the constructed environments around him and transplants them into his work. Consequently, he abandons traditional rectangular canvases in this exhibition in an effort to better and more playfully reflect the structures he abstracts. He says, “I want viewers to make connections between the colors, lines, patterns, textures, and forms in my artwork and those to be found in their daily interactions with the constructed environment.”
Campbell explores edges in a different sense – he says his works speak “to the limits of human knowledge, and the sense that there is always something more to be explored just over the horizon.” The photographs in this exhibition are part of a larger project called At the End of The Known, in which Campbell chooses perspectives that deliberately confuse the viewer’s senses of place and space. For example, he may photograph a cave so that it looks like the night sky. Aiming to ignite viewers’ imaginations, he “examines the human urge to explore.”
“I encourage viewers to entertain the romantic notion that there are still new, unseen worlds just beyond view of even our most high-tech imaging technology,” says Campbell.
Dustyn Bork is a printmaker and painter who often works in mixed media. He earned his MFA in printmaking from Indiana University in 2002 and his BFA in printmaking from the University of Michigan in 1999. He works with cultural notions of pattern, color, and design. Bork is an associate professor of art at Lyon College where he joined the faculty full time in 2010. His work has been exhibited in numerous juried printmaking exhibitions, and he shows his work regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has participated in international projects including an artist residency at the Franz Masereel Centre in Kasterlee, Belgium, in August of 2008 and at the MIRA artist residency in Martignano, Italy in 2011.
Ian Campbell is an Arkansas-based artist and educator. He is an assistant professor of art at Lyon College, where he teaches photography and digital art. Campbell is also the director of the Kresge Art Gallery at Lyon. He holds an MFA from Ohio University and a BA from Wheaton College and completed a semester-long student residency program at the New York Center for Art and Media Studies. Having shown his work in galleries, film festivals, publications, and conferences throughout the U.S., Campbell joined the Lyon College Faculty in 2016. He is an active member of the community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Batesville Area Arts Council. He is a member of the Arkansas Artists Registry, the Society for Photographic Education, and Christians in the Visual Arts.
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