Talk launches Krempp exhibit

“When A Body Break” by artist Hilary Siber can be viewed at the Krempp Gallery in Jasper through Sunday, April 30.

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JASPER — “Fissured Perceptions,” an exhibit featuring the work of Greenville, South Carolina, painter Hilary Siber, can be viewed at the Krempp Gallery at the Jasper Arts Center through Sunday, April 30. A gallery talk and opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Siber works directly from observation. Her work utilizes landscapes to visually grapple with the constitution of the medium as a means of representing the ineffable qualities of human experiences.  She is continually interested in the duality of a fixed and ostensibly stable location that is simultaneously vulnerable, shifting and in flux.

“Our vantage point is critical in elucidating this tension-filled paradox,” Siber says. “Thus, I am continually interested in the formal cues used in spatial representation as platforms to investigate and subvert our perceptions. Horizon lines, open plains, fissures, architectures and panoramas found within a landscape are opportunities that I use to build new spaces within the field of my canvases.  It is my hope that the finished results exemplifies that struggle, and opens up a greater dialogue that lives beyond the picture plane.”       
Siber perceives that the world is ever-changing.  

“I believe that as humans, we are not static creatures, but complex beings living in a complex, beautiful and broken world,” she says. “External factors influence and engage our self-construction. Unforeseen conflicts arise. Life is not as we think we see it. One small shift in a vantage point can easily undo the very ground underneath our feet, fragmenting our own history of understanding. And while these fragments pierce us deeply, they are the pieces used to reconstitute a new understanding of self.  Our humanity is caught up in this beautiful paradox; the dismantling of self is the very beginning of our own reconstruction.”

As a painter, Siber is aware of how painting communicates, but within her work she hopes to recognize where the rhetoric of painting falls short in explicating the complexities of our existence.  
The Krempp Gallery, located in the Jasper Arts Center adjacent to the Vincennes University Jasper Campus, is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, until 7 p.m. Thursdays and from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays. School groups, clubs and students are welcome. Admission is free.
For more information, call the arts center at 482-3070.


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