New group exhibition Iconicity opens at Staller Center’s Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery with a reception on Saturday, January 26, from 6 pm to 8 pm and remains on view through Saturday, February 23. Gretta Louw, a Munich-based artist and guest curator, will present a gallery walk-through on Monday, January 28, at 1:30 pm.
What is the nature of an icon? In today’s information age, it is easy to think of clickable icons, emoji and other components of the Internet as something that is unique to our time, but the practice of employing pictorial elements to communicate outsized amounts of information goes back many centuries.
Iconicity brings together contemporary artworks that examine the concept, construction and mythology of the icon. The artists in the exhibition explore ideas ranging from the connection between Medieval devotional iconography and emoji to the religious fervor of technology. The exhibition includes video, software and net art, textile art, and digital prints by nine international artists and artist groups.
Artists include: Carla Gannis, Jan Robert Leegte, Gretta Louw, Keiichi Matsuda, Owen Mundy, Tabita Rezaire, Alicia Ross, and the Warnayaka Art Centre.
The Zuccaire Gallery is located on the first floor of Staller Center at Stony Brook University and is open weekdays from 12 pm to 4 pm and evenings of most Staller Center performances and films. Admission is free and all events are open to the public.
Please see the Zuccaire Gallery’s website for information about talks, events and additional hours.