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Revelations: Culture & the Human Landscape of the Central Coast

Start Date:
April 23, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
End Date:
August 14, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
Elverhoj Museum of History & Art

This ground-breaking and extraordinary exhibit, debuting April 23, is an invitation to experience a broadly expanded way of perceiving art. The easily accessed and admirably executed introductory work is a series of engaging portraits of local individuals, each of whom represents a part of a diverse local population. Artist Holli Harmon and an inspiring team of support artists provide a multifaceted approach to the vision presented. Their collaborative work illuminates the cultures that give the Central Coast region color, purpose, and meaning.

Each of these portraits of the Central Coast is an opening to more about how the subject connects to their own cultural group and area’s culture – to the past and possibly the future. Through companion videos, each portrait subject shares their personal story and introduces the culture they represent.

In addition to the portraits, a series of monoprints explore how these cultures, landscapes, and individuals developed over time. Harmon uses layers of imagery like an archeological dig, employing repeating patterns and iconic symbols, like the ancient Fibonacci Equation, which has inspired artists for hundreds of years. These motifs provide a web of meaning that connects our present-day culture and people to the past and opens a vision for the future.

The exhibition exceeds the usual limits of exploring subject matter, embracing and utilizing artistic approaches that include ancient practices, traditional work, and modern technology. Viewers will leave with an expanded and heightened sense of connection and community understanding.

Explanatory graphic works as well as a podcast guide the viewers through the multi-sensory exhibition. A catalog offers an overall view of how the various approaches and ways of expression are united in this show.

Exhibition programming expands upon the cultures and individuals with a series of dialogues with the subjects, interactive experiences, and a workshop. Please visit www.elverhoj.org for more information.

Esther Jacobsen Bates

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