By MORGAN FRALICK
If you ever find yourself wanting to experience something completely original and eye opening that will break you out of your monotonous routine on campus, then I would suggest taking a trip to the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Building, where you can experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view various art exhibits that are open to Georgetown College students, faculty and community patrons. The most recent exhibition offered to students is the Gray Lyons: “Borderland” exhibit. It is a series of pieces that reflects upon the human anatomy and its connection to the imagination. This breathtaking depiction is just one specific interpretation of the possibilities that the body can possess, which can inspire anyone to believe that even they can have the mind of an artist.
Gray Lyons completed her graduate studies at Townson University in Md. and then proceeded to achieve degrees in art from the Savannah College of Art and Design and Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Many of her works have been published nationally as well as internationally, ranging from Washington D.C. to Siena, Italy. Lyons studio focuses on the practices of studying the human memory, history, sexuality and self. She believes that the body is a “narrative agent” with the potential to discover the truth in man’s experiences. Lyons uses traditional “dark room” technique with antique and alternative photography. This particular exhibit is a form of photography that uses a chemical that enhances the photograph in a way that turns it electric blue and white.
Lyons’ detailed way of capturing the human body and persona augments the contrasting variables between the reality within the photograph and the dream-like state of the coloring. The smoothness of the lines gives the pieces a more poetic feel that make the bodies being featured seem like fleeting visions that are so delicate they may vanish at the slightest movement. Almost like images from a science-fiction movie, the variety of portraits are a combination of pictures that make up the full-bodied pictures.
One of the most noticeable patterns in this exhibit is that the photographed bodies are all in positions that you would associate with sleeping, which constantly reminds the viewer of the connection between the real world and the dream world. The artist comments on her pieces by saying “the images are narrative-based self portraits, focusing on issues of identity…It is my intention to unify the functioning and experimental body and the remnants of the body’s story.” What would appear to be an unconventional take on art actually embraces the more modern perspective of the body through a technique that fits the style of the new generation. “The actions undertaken in the images are intended to reclaim the body’s consciousness, to reunite it with the mind.”
Gray Lyons is currently a teacher at Indiana University South Bend and resides in South Bend, Ind. The exhibit is open from Oct. 26 till Nov. 21, and is free for anyone on Georgetown’s campus Monday through Friday from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.