Thursday September 24, 2015

ArtStreet Rolls Out CONSUMPTION: Part 2 of 6 in IAN Installation Series

ArtStreet at the University of Dayton continues the 2015-16 IAN installation series with CONSUMPTION, a world premiere installation by creative lead Sean Foster. The four-dimensional installation, housed in the White Box Gallery, will open on Tuesday, October 6 and run through November 5. (Please note: White Box Gallery will be closed Oct. 8-11 for fall break.)

CONSUMPTION invites us to explore how the process of consumption manifests as action, stemming from the desire of thirst and building to the fear that resources might run out. It begs the questions, “What do we consume?” “How?” “Why?”  

CONSUMPTION seeks to leave participants “thinking more carefully about how all the moving parts of our society are not only connected, but also interchangeable,” said Foster, “[w]hat we have now does not have to be the only way.”

Foster attempts to bridge gaps between commercial and the ‘fine’ arts, incorporating the tenets of mass production and communication through sensory experiences.

“Part of the reason I was so intrigued to work on CONSUMPTION is that much of my day job is rooted in our society's commercial production of messaging and visuals to accompany. Though this work is part and parcel to a massive propaganda machine, exploring another outlet where change or progress can be explored is of great interest to me,” Foster said.

CONSUMPTION is intended to build upon the first installation in the Climate series, THIRST.

“If THIRST was the first step in wanting and needing, then CONSUMPTION is the result of the want. Perhaps you got what you wanted and are now consuming it or perhaps you were unable to get what you wanted and you seek those who are consuming. It’s really about creating an actuality of ‘having or not having,’” said ArtStreet director Brian LaDuca.

Students in ArtStreet’s Institute for Arts Nexus (IAN) will have the opportunity to work with CONSUMPTION in greater depth. Using the building blocks of IAN curriculum, students will examine the transition from the concepts built in THIRST to the concepts built in CONSUMPTION.

When asked what he hoped IAN students would take away from their work with the installation, Foster replied, “I hope students--IAN and otherwise--would begin to ask questions [such as, ‘Why do we consume?’ ‘How often?’ ‘When?’] of one another and of themselves during the CONSUMPTION phase of IAN’s Climate series.”

“I would want any individual to look at CONSUMPTION as an evolution of the THIRST, for better or for worse, as ‘yet to be determined,’” said LaDuca.

CONSUMPTION will address our desires and the consequences of getting what we desire. In time, it will also transform into a manifestation of what may happen if we desire and get too much.

“Desire is ultimately connected to economy in our own system, but are there other options?” asks Foster.

Hosting six world premiere installations annually, ArtStreet's White Box Gallery at the University of Dayton is dedicated to work that challenges social, industrial, cultural and academic perspectives. This year’s focus is on our daily climate — and our elemental responses to our environment. From the origins of want and need, to the fear of loss, the Gallery will focus on themes of THIRST, CONSUMPTION, FEAR, UPHEAVAL and REFLECTION.

ArtStreet is located at the intersection of Lawnview Avenue and Kiefaber Street on the University of Dayton campus. ArtStreet is open 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday. For more information about ArtStreet events, call 937-229-5101 or visit udayton.edu/artstreet.

Detailed Schedule/Public Events

CONSUMPTION Opening Reception

Tuesday, October 6, 5:30 - 6:30 P.M.

What do we consume? Why? And what happens when we take too much? CONSUMPTION invites us to explore how the process of consumption manifests as action, stemming from the desire of thirst and building to the fear that resources might run out. Creative Lead Sean Foster attempts to bridge gaps between commercial and the ‘fine’ arts, incorporating the tenets of mass production and communication through sensory experiences.

DINNER IN THE DESERT KITCHEN

Wednesday, October 28

7 - 8:30 p.m. ArtStreet Creator Space
Come with an appetite for the unexpected, as we investigate the social realities of food access. This event is PATH eligible. Hosted by Glenna Jennings (Art and Design), Issa Randall (Art and Design), Alex Klug (The Foodbank), Mike Puckett (ArtStreet) and Meaghan Crowley (Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concern)Please RSVP to artstreet@udayton.edu or via the AVIATE portal on OrgSync. 

Press release written by Maggie Fiegl '15. 

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