Works by Jim Cogswell will be featured in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center at Hope College from Friday, Oct. 19, through Friday, Nov. 16.
There will be an artist's reception at the gallery on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition, Cogswell will give a gallery talk on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m.
The public is invited to the reception, gallery talk and exhibition. Admission is free.
Cogswell has received national recognition through solo and group exhibitions including at Florida State University Museum of Art, and the Walton Art Center, Fayetteville, Ark. He has produced collaborative works with artists of various disciplines, including "The Ariel Web" with dancer and choreographer Peter Sparling, poet Richard Tillinghast and composer Andrew Mead, performed in 2000 at the Rackham Auditorium and at the PowerCenter for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
Cogswell's experiences both in interdisciplinary collaborations and the use of various graphic and video technologies in artistic production will bring a unique perspective to the student and Holland-area community through his presentations and gallery installation. The expanse of his artistic production, while rooted in the avant-garde of the 20th century, bridges technologically rich investigations with traditional and non-traditional materials evident in emerging art forms of this century. His work challenges boundaries between the traditional disciplines of art and the roles which art and artist have filled, as well as the broader connections between the relationship between art and life.
In an artist statement, Cogwell has noted, "My project is influenced by a childhood growing up in Japan, where both vertical and horizontal calligraphic scrolls inscribed with thought provoking passages are a striking feature of visual culture. Nonetheless, I am not a Buddhist, and therefore have difficulty accepting this particular solution for closing the gap between perception, conception, and world. As a result, my quandary over how to understand the information I receive about the world persists, and remains part of everything that I make and do as an artist."
The De Pree Art Center is located at 160 E. 12th St., on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. The regular gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Gallery hours may be reduced during breaks and holidays. The gallery is handicapped accessible.