Stephen Schofield with "Stumble"
jan 26 - feb 23
The Visual Arts Gallery@ JCU, 100 Culver ave (hours 11 - 5 weekdays)
opening reception jan 26, 5 - 8 pm
art talk 7 pm
NJCU's restored Visual Arts Gallery is pleased to present a site-specific installation of inflated fabric sculptures by Montreal-based artist Stephen Schofield. Measuring about one and a half life size, his figures were mapped from the male model and then expertly tailored out of old clothes. These figures were partly inspired by Pliny the Elder's tale of Dibutade, a Corinthian woman who traced her lover's shadow on the wall to remember and fix his form even after he had gone abroad. Schofield also pays homage to Dibutade as the legendary muse who invented drawing by his intimate act of tracing a human figure and turning it into a three-dimensional form. Soaked in sugar water, which stiffens the fabric, Schofield's patchwork men come alive each time when soaked again, inflated and then dried. The fabric membranes allow the artist to "explore the porosity, vulnerability and resistance of a person as a theatre of one" and symbolize "the transience, contingency and suppleness of intense personnel feelings."