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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Three Clemson University Art Department BFA Alumni a Part of the Shift and Collide Exhibition at Riverworks, Greenville, SC

Reception: First Friday, June 6, 6-9pm

Shift and Collide: Drawings from Near and Far presents drawings from John Allen (BFA, Art, 2010), Bethany Flagg Pipkin (BFA, Art, 2006) and Jackson Zorn (BFA, Art, 2009), former Clemson studio art classmates, and their former professor, Heidi Jensen. John grew up in Greenville, Jackson in Anderson, and Bethany in Oakway, outside Seneca. All three studied together with Heidi, receiving their BFA degrees in Visual Art with concentrations in Drawing from Clemson University. Recently, each earned MFA degrees from programs located in Florida, North Carolina and Indiana. Their former professor, Heidi Jensen, now teaches at Ball State University in Indiana. Heidi has invited these three former students to exhibit their recent works with her at Greenville Technical College's Riverworks Gallery. Shift and Collide: Drawings from Near and Far draws back together a group of artists who are now dispersed geographically as careers develop and expand.

While each artist has pursued a singular direction of thought, and have not worked in close proximity to each other for many years, there are relationships to be found in this work. The drawings in this exhibition demonstrate a deep awareness of, and relation to, the natural, biological world. The works display drawing approaches that veer from highly sensitized systems of recording to open aggression. Transmitted are explorations of distance and proximity, the contemporary landscape, formation of matter, and systems of belief. All four artists employ drawing to investigate and recompose their subjects.

RIVERWORKS Gallery is operated by and for the faculty and students of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Greenville Technical College. The gallery is located at 300 River Street, Suite 202, along the scenic Reedy River in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.   
 
For more information, call:
RIVERWORKS Gallery 
(864) 271-0679
email vpa@gvltec.edu
or visit  www.gvltec.edu/vpa/  

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