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‘Googlepaedic Narrations and the Dysfunction of Damage’

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February 23, 2012

Georgia College Department of Art presents the masterworks of international artist Shaurya Kumar.

Kumar’s exhibition including “Green Tara, 'Green Tara, 2011' - Detail Media: Alchi, ladakh, rabbit skin glue, marble dust, and archival pigment transfer on wood.'Green Tara, 2011' - Detail Media: Alchi, ladakh, rabbit skin glue, marble dust, and archival pigment transfer on wood.2011” will remain on display through March 16 at Museum of Fine Arts, 102 S. Columbia St.

Kumar’s art creates are multilayered in every way possible. His work is a dialogue about site, how site effects and affects data and therefore a society, a culture, a people and ultimately a person, according to Anita Jung, an associate professor of printmaking at University of Iowa.

“Through the means of manipulating technology his work acts as the canary in a mine shaft and asks what we are entrusting to virtual memory, what are we loosing as we gain more knowledge than we can possibly use, and what does it mean when we become better connected with our cyber neighbors than those outside our front door?” Jung said.

Kumar makes work that encourages us to consider these vital questions: What will we retain? What will become eroded? What through time and age will we be lose?

Kumar’s work becomes an allegorical tale cautioning us to be aware, to become discerning and safe guarding our history as it belongs to those who come after us as much as the monuments, oceans, forests and great works of art we document.

Kumar is uniquely positioned to ask these questions. He lives in a space between two worlds — his former home of New Delhi and his current home in Albuquerque, N.M.

“India’s history, geography religious and ethical makeup and culture are vastly different to the United States and yet these two countries maintain a close relationship. Negotiating this diaspora is an everyday activity for Kumar,” Jung said.

The exhibition, curated by TeaYoun Kim-Kassor and Carlos M. Herrera, is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and by appointment.

For more information call gallery coordinator Carlos M. Herrera at 478-445-4572 or visit www.gcsu.edu/art or http://shauryakumar.com.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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For more information, contact University Communications at (478) 445-4477.


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