MCCC Gallery to Host "Corpus Callosum"
Featuring Artists Austin Dodson and Courtenay Q. Long
Gallery at Mercer County Community College continues its visual exploration
of the human brain with “Corpus Callosum,” an exhibition
of works by Philadelphia-based artists Austin Dodson and Courtenay
Q. Long. The show will run from Jan. 16 to Feb. 17, with a reception
on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. A gallery talk will take place
on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m.
“For me ‘corpus callosum’ has
always inferred dialogue, as the ‘bridge’ of nerve fibers
that allows the right and left hemispheres in our brain to communicate,”
says Gallery Director and co-curator Tricia Fagan. “Artists
may often ‘…draw from the right side of the brain’
(to quote Betty Edwards’ book) but they also engage and draw
on characteristics from both sides of their brains in creating.
Here we offer two gifted artists who are both humanists, exploring
similar concerns with often identical materials – but you
can judge for yourself which side of the brain dominates for each!”
Matt Lucash, an MCCC alum, co-curated this exhibition.
Austin Dodson, a Philadelphia-based artist, has
exhibited his work along the eastern coast of the United States.
He received both a B.A. in Printmaking and a B.F.A. in Drawing from
the University of Central Florida, and completed his M.F.A. in Painting
at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). “My images
deal with people playing, acting, being human, but also the deeper
metaphorical and symbolic undertones of living in relation to the
eternal nature of our realities,” says Dodson. He is an artist
who may incorporate multiple techniques in each of his works, often
layering different processes in “book” forms to which
he returns to add additional elements months later. “It's
the moment of inspiration that I am after,” he says, “and
the accurate translation of the spark that instigated my imagination
to create. The books are receptacles for this moment.”
Courtenay Q. Long, also currently based in Philadelphia,
holds a B.F.A. from Kutztown University and an M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania
Academy, where he did extensive work at the Hahnemann Hospital/PAFA
anatomy lab. In 2001 he studied briefly in
Italy with watercolorist Matthew Daub, and in 2005 he studied the
Christian Theology of the Arts in L’abri, Holland.
|Judith/The Devil vs. Pez-Man
by Austin Dodson
|Untitled by Courtenay
works – drawings, illustrations, sculpture, and watercolor –
may conjure up memories of high school science books, but they have a
deeper meaning to the artist. “This…body of work comes out
of my meditations on sexuality through the lens of a conservative fundamental
religious standpoint,” says Long. In his current work he explores
two ideas, that of “wounds” and the issue of surgically altering
the male sexual drive “…as it fits in the religious pursuit
and practice of chastity and abstinence.”
Mercer County Community College
is located at 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor. The Gallery is on
the second floor of the Communications Building. Hours for this exhibit
will be Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5
p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Evening hours will be on Wednesdays,
7 to 9 p.m.