The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art opens its newest exhibition, Hinterlands, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 16. The exhibition, which opens during the annual German town festival, Kunstfest, is free and open to the public from September 16 through October 27.
Hinterlands is curated by New Harmony Gallery board member, Jeremy Efroymson. The term, “hinterland”, originally comes from the German language meaning “the land behind”.
“When I think of the hinterlands, I think of far-away places, places very different from where I live,” said Efroymson. “The artists in this exhibit, Judy Natal, Christos Koutsouras, Allyson Comstock and Lori Miles all approach the idea of hinterlands from different perspectives.”
Judy Natal, professor of photography at Columbia College Chicago, presents images of the Gulf Coast, which depict resilience of the people who live in a hurricane-prone, highly-industrialized area.
Christos Koutsouras, originally from the island of Samos, Greece, shifted from his usual artistic medium of painting on canvas to installation, video and photography. He takes to the scorched woods of Samos to deliver a message of hope for renewal.
Allyson Comstock, chair of the art department at Auburn University, travelled to Antarctica on a National Science Foundation Fellowship. Her drawings of Antarctica depict a beautiful and sparse land from three different perspectives: far-away, close-up and intermediate views.
Lori Miles, professor of art at DePauw University, (originally from the hinterlands of Eastern Washington state) takes a whimsical approach to the hinterlands. Her work suggests that while things at home may not be perfect, there is always the possibility of exotic places and locales, where things could be different.
This exhibition is possible through the generous support of the Efroymson Family Fund, the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is a program within University of Southern Indiana Outreach and Engagement and 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, contact Garry Holstein, at 812-682-3156 or visit USI.edu/nhgallery.