Athenaeum in La Jolla hosts reception for two new exhibits Friday, Jan. 10


Jeanne Dunn works on installation piece for her Athenaeum show.Courtesy

From Athenaeum reports

Matthew Hebert creates works that deal with technology and its effects on the environment and the human sense of place. His latest exhibition, “Cover to Cover,” will be shown Jan. 11-Feb. 15 in the Joseph Clayes III Gallery and the North Reading Room at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, 1008 Wall St.An opening reception will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10.

Also showing Jan. 11–Feb.15 and sharing the opening reception is Jeanne Dunn’s “Wild Walk,” in the Rotunda Gallery. “Wild Walk” is a painterly examination of the simultaneous fear-and-thrill of going into the wild.

Hebert’s award-winning work has been shown internationally. In “Cover to Cover” (on loan from the collection), he presents a new body of work that draws inspiration from artists’ books in the Athenaeum’s collection. Developed during a period of study at the Athenaeum, Hebert found sources for sculptural interventions within the library. These interventions incorporate lighting, motion, and sound in an effort to represent and/or reinterpret the original materials.

In addition to these site-specific interactions with the Athenaeum, Hebert will exhibit six opaque displays. These are sculptural objects that house mechanical dioramas depicting works of post-minimalist art. These pieces will serve as an introduction to Hebert’s work and set the stage for visitors’ subsequent experience within the Athenaeum.

A Matthew Hebert original.

Hebert received his B.A. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley; and his MFA at California College of the Arts. He has taught at several schools including the University of Wisconsin — Madison, CalArts and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is an Associate Professor of Furniture at San Diego State University.

Also showing Jan. 11–Feb.15 and sharing the opening reception is Jeanne Dunn’s “Wild Walk,” in the Rotunda Gallery. “Wild Walk” is a painterly examination of the simultaneous fear-and-thrill of going into the wild.

My canvases and drawings explore the ambivalent response we have to untamed nature,” Dunn writes in a press release. “Setting out in pursuit of a perfect day’s journey, we discover that tree limbs can truly be limbs, especially when they reach out to snare, caress, irritate or slap.  Amidst the verdant beauty at hand, there is also foreboding, fear, alarm and distrust of the senses.

“The visual drama of up-close trees and thick underbrush tell contradictory stories of nature’s danger and its primordial pull, paired with the promise of solace and wisdom.”

Dunn received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her M.A. from San Diego State University. She recently completed 15 years of teaching Life Drawing and Painting in the School of Art and Design at SDSU. In the last three years, she has been awarded international artist residencies at the Hungarian Cultural Center in Budapest and a fellowship to the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Artist Residency Program at Rochefort-en-Terre, France.

—Admission to the Athenaeum exhibits is free 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The library is closed Sundays and Mondays. (858) 454-5872. www.ljathenaeum.org

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