Prints by Kent State University School of Art professor Taryn McMahon will be on display Jan. 15-Feb. 15 in Thompson Gallery on the Furman University campus. The artist will present a talk during a reception in the gallery Thursday, Feb. 15, 6-7:30 p.m. Regular Thompson Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The exhibition, Vanishing Points, is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Furman Department of Art. The exhibition includes an installation of eight large-scale printed banners created specifically for Thompson Gallery. Twelve additional works on paper will also be on view.
In a statement, McMahon says:
Vanishing Points is an exhibition of recent work that investigates our relationship to the natural world through print media and installation. I use images from botanical gardens to investigate ways these spaces project our own desires and fantasies of the natural world and our place within it. I blend digital and hand drawn print processes to further explore how our interactions with the natural world are mediated through technology, and are thus fragmented and selective. Through my work, I imagine a future ecology in which technology and reality are collapsed into each other and the natural and the man-made have become intertwined and indistinguishable in the face of unprecedented ecological change.
McMahon received her BFA from The Pennsylvania State University, and an MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Southern Graphics Council International Graduate Fellowship, and has been granted residencies at Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, Colo.; Anchor Graphics, Chicago; and Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, N.Y.
Her work has been featured in recent exhibitions at The Print Center, Philadelphia, and Carroll Gallery at Tulane University, among others. McMahon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Art at Kent State University, where she teaches print media and serves as the area head of print media and photography.
For more information about the exhibition, contact the Furman University Department of Art, 864-294-2995, or visit McMahon’s website at www.tarynmcmahon.com.