Contemporary French artists transform perception in new exhibition at Kennesaw State

The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University will present “Process and Perception:…

Georgia (Dec 30, 2004) — Contemporary French artists transform perception in new exhibition at Kennesaw State

Cheryl Brown


The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University will present “Process and Perception:…

Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown‚ 770−499−3417 or

The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University will present “Process and Perception: Contemporary Works by Three French Artists‚” an exhibition of works by a trio of New York−based French−born artists‚ held in the Sturgis Library Gallery as part of Kennesaw State University’s celebration of “The Year of France.” The exhibition‚ which runs Jan. 19−March 1‚ features installations and individual works by Patrick Martinez‚ Anne Deleporte and Stephen Dean. All three artists will attend the opening reception‚ 7−9 p.m.‚ Jan. 19.

These post−modern artists subvert traditional approaches to painting‚ sculpture‚ photography and film to create works that explore the roots of emotional‚ spatial and visual perception by manipulating the physical qualities of materials. Like medieval alchemists‚ who combined science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of base metals into gold‚ they change the viewer’s comprehension of the everyday visual world to another level of perception in their provocative gallery installations and videos.

KSU director of galleries Roberta Griffin said‚ “Their works explore conceptual themes that express their passion about the visual and emotional world around them. I called the exhibition ‘Process and Perception’ because of the viewers’ participation in what the artists have done and how these works affect your internal perception.”

Husband and wife artists‚ Anne Deleporte and Stephen Dean‚ work separately creating visual worlds by using conventional media in fresh ways. Deleporte explores the concept of the emerging image. Gallerygoers are invited to join her in the process of making art. Viewers can scratch the opaque coating on glass to reveal ephemeral figures beneath the surface pigment. Deleporte’s ephemeral photographic images become works in progress‚ evolving during the length of the exhibition.

Stephen Dean exalts everyday objects and events in artwork that highlights color and patterns. In film‚ sculpture and assemblages‚ he finds beauty in ordinary things that are often overlooked. Dean also creates abstract works made of intricate arrangements of color chips from commercial paint swatches to form geometric grids punctuated with dots from the heads of colored pins. Dean’s video Volta depicts a Brazilian soccer match in which individual fans become transmuted into an amorphous crowd that undulates in waves of color. His 7.5−minute video Pulse that captured the colors of the Indian festival of Holi received acclaim at the Whitney Biennial in 2002.

Patrick Martinez also uses video to explore his artistic vision. His most noted work to date‚ Liquid‚ contains otherworldly images that evoke references to science fiction. Martinez transforms the gallery space with his paintings‚ drawings and found objects to create a multimedia installation.

While exploring the future in “Process and Perception‚” Deleporte‚ Dean and Martinez have drawn inspiration from colorists‚ minimalists‚ conceptual and abstract artists of the past. Griffin explained the artists’ influences‚ “They use them in ways that show they’ve created work that is uniquely their own. They don't feel boxed in by a particular style."

The Visual Arts Committee of the Student Arts Board funds this international exhibition. Patrick Martinez will be present at the opening of the exhibition and will serve as artist−in−residence in the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University for four days. All three artists will participate in the panel discussion‚ “French Contemporary Art‚” at 6:30 p.m.‚ January 2 in the Leadership Room of the KSU Student Center. This is one of the programs in The Year of France.

“Process and Perception” is supported by the French Cultural Services of the Consulate of France in Atlanta and the Visual Arts Committee of the KSU Arts Board. Admission to the exhibition is free. For gallery hours‚ further information or to arrange group visits‚ call the gallery office at 770−499−3223.

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