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Kent State Trumbull art professor shows at California galleryPosted Mar. 28, 2011
Phillip Buntin, assistant professor of art at Kent State University at Trumbull, is taking part in a group exhibition, Image and Word, at The Antelope Valley College Art Gallery, Lancaster, California. The exhibition is now display through April 15, 2011.
Image and Word explores how reading creates, ruptures and cross-sections in our visual engagement with images as it brings together local artists with those working across the country. Aside from Buntin, the works of Joe Immen, Adele Mills, Larissa Nickel, Marina Pinksy and Adeline Wysong ae included.
Through paint, print, photography and video, each artist plays with the unique expectations that word and reading creates in visual communication.
Words and images are often understood as having a diametrically opposed syntax, one appealing to rational analysis and the other to more creative, convoluted processes. Buntin's paintings play on this physical rupture in the viewing experience by combining diagrams from math, biology, psychology and chaos theory along with excerpts from their texts with selections from Roland Barthes' "The Lover's Discourse". This fragmentary experience that accentuates the our inability to combine different viewing experiences "together in a single interpretation of the painting, allows us to understand directly that our interpretations are illuminating yet incomplete, and as such always open to reevaluation."