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John Early Art Exhibit Opens

Beginning Wednesday, September 1, 2010, Covenant College will host the year’s first art exhibit, entitled “John Early: a language of traces.” The collection of drawings points back to our everyday engagement with life.

Early recently finished an MFA in sculpture at the University of Washington at St. Louis.  In his exploration of various forms of mark-making, Early aims to “call attention to aspects of everyday existence in ways that they might be experienced and considered anew.”

In a past exhibit, he displayed “Standing Snow Angel,” a participatory piece. Visitors were invited to stand with their backs to the wall and make several sweeping gestures, holding a pencil in each hand. The purpose of the piece was not solely the collective marks on the wall, but also the visitors’ new awareness of their own “wingspan”: in some ways unique, but also part of a whole. Of the four works to be featured at Covenant, one will be a participatory work.

 “John is a collector of things. He’s a collector of marks,” says art professor Jeff Morton. “He uses marks and symbols to make sense of the world and of his mind. Whether it’s cataloguing his daily routines or the marks that people leave behind when they enter his studio, his work is about the marks in our lives.”


The exhibit will be on display Wednesday, September 1 through Saturday, October 9.  A reception will be held in the art gallery on the second floor of Kresge Memorial Library on September 1 at 7:00 p.m., followed by a lecture at 8:00. Admission is free and open to the public.