We're Standing On It: a cross-disciplinary exhibition inspired by Salem Gabbro
On view: February 13 - March 21, 2013
Artist Reception: Wednesday, February 20 at 2 pm
Special Event: Wednesday, February 27, 6-8 pm
The most compelling creative research often results from examining the commonplace, the mundane, the overlooked. Igneous rock formations that formed part of an ancient ocean basin over 350 million years ago were unearthed when digging the foundation for Salem State’s new Library and Learning Commons. This rock, called Salem Gabbro, underlies and defines the unique landscape of Salem that surrounds us.
This innovative exhibition has resulted from the creative work of visual artists, writers, musicians and more from the departments of art + design, theatre, music, and English in conjunction with the geology and geography departments.
Sound, video and light installations along with painting and the written word are among the dynamic and inventive responses to the Gabbro, a formerly silent and invisible-- but integral-- component of our environment.
Photo credit: Left: Salem Gabbro photomicrograph, 40 times magnification, courtesy Rory McFadden, Geology . Right: “Exterior View” by Kim Mimnaugh, Art + Design.