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   from the issue of January 12, 2006


Dashper exhibit opens Jan. 14 at the Sheldon


An exhibit exploring 25 years of New Zealand artist Julian Dashper's concept-based creations opens Jan. 14 at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery.

Titled "Midwestern Unlike You and Me: New Zealand's Julian Dashper," the exhibition will be at the Sheldon through March 26.

The exhibition focus is on the creative process; how an artist uses ideas, traditions and limitations to produce original art. Born in New Zealand in 1960, Dashper was influenced by art produced in New York in the late-1950s and 1960s. But distance made his interaction with American art difficult, and he makes the filter of reproductions and fragments through which he experienced American art a subject of his work.

Dashper employs a variety of media (painting, sculpture, photography, video, ready-made objects and sound) in his art, which reflects a modest, pared-down aesthetic that encourages viewers to have a contemplative art experience. In some instances, such as a phone ringing unanswered in a basement phone booth, there is no art object at all, only the viewer's imagination that becomes an object of reflection.

The public is invited to a panel discussion about the exhibition, beginning at 4 p.m. Jan. 13. Also, Sheldon curator Dan Siedell will discuss the Dashper exhibition in his "Let's Talk Art" lecture, which is open to the public at 2 p.m. Jan. 15.

Additional information is available online



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