University of Southern Indiana

New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art

Demetriosembroidery

New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art

Kcymaerxthaere

Eames Demetrios

July 26th – September 26th, 2014

 

7 p.m., Saturday, August 2nd

Storytelling event with Eames Demetrios at New Harmony's Atheneum

 

4 to 7 p.m.  Saturday, August 23rd

Art and Antique stroll

reception for the Disputed Likeness exhibition at the

New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art

 

The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art invites you to join us from July 26th to September 26th for Kycmaerxthaere New Harmony. Eames Demetrios will bring a historic site to New Harmony as part of his Kcymaerxthaere project with support from the Efroymson Family Fund. The gallery will feature works from the Disputed Likeness aspect of Kcymaerxthaere from July 26th to September 26th. This exhibition will include the embroideries shown as well as other works by members of previously participating communities, created in response to his storytelling presentations. In addition, with support from an Arts Institute Fund Collaborative Grant from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art will host Disputed Likenesses workshops through September 26 for a Kcymaerxthaere project involving students from Vanderburgh and Posey county schools.

Kcymaerxthaere is a global, multidimensional storytelling project that creates a parallel universe through the use of historical plaques and constructed sites. The name Kcymaerxthaere comes from two cognate words, “Kcymaara” and “Xthaere.” Kcymaara means the true physicality of the planet, and Xthaere refers to a shape with almost infinite dimensions.

“Disputed Likenesses are representations of the characters, stories and worlds of Kcymaerxthaere, a global work of multidimensional storytelling,” said Demetrios. “There are a few wrong answers but many, many wonderful and very different right answers. These images give you a feeling—though not a definite one—of what their subjects look like.”

Starting at 7 p.m., Saturday, August 2nd, Eames Demetrios will be at New Harmony's Atheneum for a storytelling event as part of Kcymaerxthaere New Harmony. After the storytelling, participants will have the opportunity to create Disputed Likeness postcards to be included in the exhibition. This event is part of the capstone celebration for New Harmony’s Bicentennial.

From 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, August 23rd, a reception for the Disputed Likeness exhibition will be held at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art during the Art and Antique stroll. Guests will have the opportunity to create Disputed Likeness postcards to be included in the exhibition. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Through September 26th, students from schools in Vanderburgh and Posey counties will have an opportunity to create Disputed Likeness postcards in response to the stories of Kcymaerxthaere in workshops. Participants will receive an activity book based on the stories of Kcymaerxthaere. From here, students will select their favorite representations and interpret them as art on postcards that will be displayed at gallery. The postcards will be documented online and mailed to individuals around the world.

Eames Demetrios is the grandson of designers Ray and Charles Eames and has international recognition as a professional speaker and principal of the Eames Office. In addition, he curates the Design, Architecture and Sustainability Film Fest, and is geographer at large in his ongoing international project, Kcymaerxthaere. For more information, go to http://www.kcymaerxthaere.com/ and http://www.eamesdemetrios.com/ .

The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is an outreach partner of the University of Southern Indiana. The gallery is located at 506 Main Street in New Harmony, Indiana. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 812/682-3156 


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