Albertus Gorman: At the Intersection of Nature and Culture

When Feb 23, 2017
from 09:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Where Schneider Hall, Room 114
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Since 2003, Albertus Gorman has imagined himself as the “Unofficial Artist in Residence” at the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, IN. In the wake of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial of which our area played a key role…Gorman became alarmed at how much the physical environment had changed since the early explorations of our country. Realizing that this process is ever continuing, the artist sought to document and understand where we are in this moment in time and space by making art from the materials that the Ohio River deposits into the park through flooding. Using very simple means, Gorman has developed over time, different artmaking strategies and a vocabulary of materials and forms from which he creates his relational art. Gorman sees his projects as being collaboration with Nature and among his favored materials are river-polished Styrofoam, driftwood, plastic, coal, glass and more. Although his artistic activities occur within a localized park, Gorman uses his Wordpress blog, “Artist at Exit 0 Riverblog” to communicate with people around the world.

Albertus Gorman is the Coordinator of Public Programs and Engagement at the Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany, IN. In addition to being an exhibiting artist, Gorman is also known for his curatorial and writing activities. From 1990 to 1999, he was the Curator at the Louisville Visual Art Association at the old Water Tower. Gorman has also worked at Swanson Cralle Gallery and B. Deemer Gallery and directed the StudioWorks program for adult artists with developmental disabilities. Currently, Gorman is in a two person exhibition with Mack Dryden entitled “Cross Currents” at Louisville’s Craft(s) Gallery and Mercantile which ends on February 28, 2017.