HUB-Robeson Galleries presents virtual exhibit: 'it's the new everything'

May 11, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The HUB-Robeson Galleries presents "it’s the new everything," a virtual group exhibition by Brian Alfred, Arden Bendler Browning, Trisha Holt and Phaan Howng.

In the 40 years since Art in America announced TV as the next medium, and Andy Warhol stated that “it’s the new everything,” artists continue to confirm the prognosis of inside and outside as defunct categories in life and in landscape. In this exhibition, artists approach digital apertures and viewfinders as tools and points of view.

Curated by Lindsey Landfried, senior manager of the HUB-Robeson Galleries, this exhibition debuted at the HUB-Robeson Center at Penn State in the summer of 2019. Now it's being represented online during the interruption to the HUB-Robeson Galleries’ in-person services.

“As we experiment and expand our tele-connected lives out of caution and care during this pandemic, this group of artists have been front of my mind. Each is in some way prescient to what might now seem commonplace — traveling via satellites, attending through simulcast, and 'seeing' many of our communities through telepresence,” said Landfried.

The artists and their work:

— Associate Professor of Art Brian Alfred’s paintings, collages and animations examine how technology has altered our perception of our surroundings and how we process information.

— Philadelphia-based artist Arden Bendler Browning creates large abstract paintings, small works on paper, and virtual-reality environments referencing cities, landscapes and multiple perspectives.

— As a visual artist and photographer, Trisha Holt’s images are printed and positioned as life-size, topographical, and site-specific installations which are then re-framed in new photographs or experienced as sculptural objects.

— American-born Taiwanese, Phaan Howng cinematically stages the sublime and formidable beauty of a post-human Earth in order to initiate dialogues about the current crises of world ecology and the negative effects of the Anthropocene epoch.

The exhibition is available to view on the HUB-Robeson Galleries website

The HUB-Robeson Galleries, a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, welcomes classroom partnerships and offers virtual tours through screen sharing. Those interested in bringing an exhibition to their classroom can contact the galleries, below.

For more information on this and other exhibitions, contact the HUB-Robeson Galleries at 814-865-2563, or visit the website at studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/art-galleries.

Last Updated May 19, 2020