2017 Department of Art Faculty + Staff Exhibition

Impermanent Topography

Curated by Michelle Lanteri, Interim Gallery Director

January 17 – February 9, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, January 20, 2017, 5-7 pm

Light refreshments will be served, with papier-mâché mask-making fun happening in the lobby

Join us for this Welcome Back Mixer! Free admission, as always.


Julia Barello, Tauna Cole-Dorn, Craig Cully, Jessika Edgar, Motoko Furuhashi, Richard Hesketh, Wes Kline, Adam Labe, Bree Lamb, Jacob Muñoz, Rachel Stevens

About the Exhibition:

Featuring works by eleven NMSU Department of Art faculty and staff members, Impermanent Topography addresses the social, political, geographical, and cultural landscapes that comprise our ever-shifting understandings of contemporary life.

This exhibition grapples with the unwieldy intersections of memory, selfhood, and information through human inscriptions of identity in paint, metal, clay, digital media, and experimental sculpture.

A diverse selection of media and style give form to the inquiries put forth by the Impermanent Topography artists.

Craig Cully’s Slaughter Series confronts the undoing and reconstruction of life through expressionistic accumulations of oil paint that interrogate the unnatural yet customary process of harvesting livestock for foodstuffs.

Motoko Furuhashi’s coiled packing tape sculptures record the artist’s performative explorations of select exterior landscapes in her evidencing of the particularity of place in collected earthly material.

Wes Kline’s intermedia installation produced with Erika Lynne Hanson is titled Varied Choreographies (desert, dialogue, debris); this work investigates serial movement as a choreographed system that activates community.

Through porcelain letters that script prayers for the dead around steel rows, Rachel Stevens’ I Can’t Remember My Name sculpture describes the adaptation, impermanent home, and survival of her grandparents and relatives during the Holocaust in the Western Ukraine.


Opening Reception: Impermanent Topography

Friday, January 20, 2017, 5-7 p.m.

University Art Gallery

Join us at the University Art Gallery for this Welcome Back Mixer to view the exhibition, meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and decorate your own papier-mâché mask that you can wear to our upcoming Valentine’s Masquerade Party!


Finding a Path: Collaborative Tape Sculpture with Motoko Furuhashi

Tuesday, January 24, 5:15 p.m.

University Art Gallery

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Artists Talk: Jessika Edgar + Richard Hesketh

Thursday, January 26, 5:15 p.m.

University Art Gallery

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Artists Talk: Wes Kline + Tauna Cole-Dorn + Bree Lamb

Thursday, February 6, 5:15 p.m.

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Space Harmonic Performance by Wes Kline

Wednesday, February 8, 5:15 p.m.

University Art Gallery

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