Two artists and philosophers came from New York City to open their art show at EMU last week. Leslie Thornton and Thomas Zummer opened “(an accidental and intermittent collaboration concerning the sublime)” last Friday. This is the first show that Thornton and Zummer have done together.
Thornton and Zummer spent the week in Harrisonburg speaking to various art and philosophy classes at EMU.
Thornton is an experimental filmmaker, who is currently a professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She has many other accolades, having had many films appear at festivals around the world.
“Love the multiple monitors displaying natural wildlife. Leslie captures creation at its core,” tweeted Senior Katharine Steury, of the exhibit.
Zummer is an internationally acclaimed independent scholar and writer, as well as being an artist and curator. In his career Zummer has studied with well-known philosophers such as Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault.
In the show, now in the Margaret M. Gehman art gallery, Thornton’s pieces are seen on all the screens in the room. She has some of her earlier works on computers, which can be viewed while sitting. The other series of pieces are binocular. There are two circles of images surrounded in black. On the left are videos of different animals and the right circle is a kaleidoscopic version of the same video.
Zummer fills out the rest of the room with a variety of pieces including drawings, prints, and sculptures that deal with various philosophical questions and the nature of electronic data transmittal.
On Friday afternoon, students, faculty, and community members filled the room to hear the artists speak about their work. The time was filled with stories both comical and philosophical about the artist’s processes, such as Thornton’s inspiration to film birds after visiting Coney Island.
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