PCA&D Artist Lecture: Irvin Morazan | Thursday, April 3
March 3, 2014
Irvin Morazan, a contemporary multidisciplinary artist, will be speaking about his work on Thursday, April 3 from 10:00-11:00 am in the PCA&D Atrium. Morazan was born in El Salvador and immigrated to New Jersey at a young age. In his statement on the PS1 / MoMa website, he shares that he intertwines pre-Columbian mythologies with contemporary issues that ascribe to abstract qualities of passage and traditions brought over by immigrants. He draws on the combination of these two cultures by merging them into humorous performances, photographs and videos that blur the boundaries of culture and stereotypes. Morazan's performances often include staged portraits of imaginary Mayan deities as well as fantastical headdresses that mimic and distort pre-Columbian attire. Morazan notes that the value of history and theory and their relation to contemporary art is central to his process. Artist lectures are free and open to the public.
At today’s Artist Talk at PCA&D, Sharon Core encouraged PCA&D students to be patient. “There’s no shortcut,” she said as she described the painstaking research and meticulous effort she uses her photography to recreate and interpret still life painting by artists including contemporary painter Wayne Thiebaud, 19th-century artist Raphaelle Peale, and floral artists from 1606 through 1907. Sharon Core is a NYC-based photographer whose experience as a food stylist and inspiration from contemporary artist Wayne Theibaud, inspired her turn painting from photographs the “other way around.” This image by Sharon Core, is “Early American, Strawberries and Ostrich Egg, 2007.” 23 x 17 inch Chromogenic Print. Also pictured: Sharon Core, center, with Lexa Buechler, senior photography major, left, and Eric Weeks, PCA&D Chair of Fine Art & Chair of Photography, right.
Artist talk by Sharon Core, NYC-based photographer, who replicates “…still-life paintings from the time before her own chosen medium was even invented.” January 29; free and open to the public. http://pcad.edu/event/artist-talk-sharon-core/