On View: February 12 to March 5, 2020
Reception: Thursday, February 20, 2020
The A.D. Gallery at UNC Pembroke is proud to present our latest exhibition, Artnauts: Globalocation II. It features 85 works of art by members of the Artnauts artists collective. This traveling exhibition features work created in a variety of methods including printmaking, drawing, mixed media, and photography. The Globalocation II exhibit has already been shown in 11 locations internationally, including Bosnia, Colombia, South Africa, Mexico, and the United States. Our gallery would like to offer special thanks to Professor Brandon Sanderson, The University of Colorado Boulder (Boulder CO), and RedLine Contemporary Art Center (Denver CO) for helping making this exhibition possible.
The Artnauts artist collective was founded in 1996 by Dr. George Rivera, Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado Boulder and four other artists-Garrison Roots, Dennis Dalton, Luis Valdevino, and Beth Krensky. The collective uses the arts as a tool for addressing global issues while connecting artists from around the world. The group has exhibited work in museum, university, gallery and public spaces on five continents and has captured the attention of art critics both in the United States and internationally. The work of the collective is rooted in an engaged practice that draws from Joseph Beuys’ construct of “social sculpture,” Paulo Freire’s “conscientization” or critical consciousness and Nina Felshin’s definition of “activist art.” The collective has worked at the intersection of critical consciousness and contemporary artistic practice to impact change for almost two decades.
The Artnauts are well named. They take off for outer spaces (a.k.a the margins) where angels are in short supply, filling gaps that shouldn't be there, speaking out where few can or will. What an incredible record… Congratulations. - Lucy Lippard, art critic and writer