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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Gathering Lines: Drawings by Kathleen Thum at Brooks Center Lobby Showcase, Clemson, SC

Jan. 9–Apr. 27 • M-F, 1–5 p.m. 

Brooks Center Lobby Showcase

Artist Talk and Reception • Feb. 9, 6–8 p.m. • Brooks Center Lobby Showcase

Kathleen Thum's exhibition of drawings, paintings, collages and large-scale wall installations abstractly reference pipeline infrastructures to bring awareness and a visual presence of our society's dependence on petroleum.

My drawings, paintings and wall installations investigate the presence of the petroleum infrastructure and the industry’s use of our natural resources. In 2010, I closely watched the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico through the Internet live video streaming of the ocean floor. This image of the pipeline seeping oil clearly presented the earth as an organism suffering from a faulty and altered system. This image of the pipeline has become a constant form that I obsessively render, using the form as a way to abstractly reference the vast and intricate production systems of industrial landscapes. In the work, I examine the ongoing shifting of power between mankind and the earth, and present the intermingling of manufactured man-made systems and biomorphic configurations.

Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634

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