Mo.tor Cor.tex a radical new exhibition that opens at the Art Gallery at Florida Gulf Coast University on Thursday, October 3. The show provides a dialogue about human obsession with industry, manufacturing, machinery, the essence of nature, and what it means to be human. Curated by Anica Sturdivant and Steven Coe and sponsored by WGCU Public Media, Mo•tor Cor•tex features work by Kathy Kissik, Jayson Fittipaldi,Taylor Pilote and James Rosenquist.
The Motor Cortex is a region of the cerebrum responsible for the coordination of planning, control and the execution of voluntary movements. Industry, manufacturing, and machinery separate the modern-day lifestyle from our simpler beginnings that connected us more closely with the environment.
"It divides us from the natural environment," notes co-curator Anica Sturdivant. "Ironically, the impulse to plan, control and create is at the very core of our nature, our biological nature to be precise, our brains."
Jason Fittipaldi's work asks us to think about the complexities of and connections between built objects and natural phenomenon. Taylor Pilote combines the skills he honed working in his father's auto mechanic garage with contemporary art, allowing him to transcend technical ability and stretch preconceptions of material into a way of investigating and describing culture. Kathy Kissik carefully chooses the mixed media in her industrial landscapes to symbolically reflect the subject matter - copper conducts energy and so it is used in a power plant composition. Nick Gentry creates portraits using obsolete technology such as film negatives, floppy discs, and x-rays to underscore our own obscurity. James Rosenquist began by earning his living as a billboard painter, but his deftly-applied sign painting techniques transferred to fine art and made him one of the protagonists in the pop art movement.
There is a Gallery Talk at 5 p.m., with the opening reception from 6-8 p.m. on October 3. The show will remain on display through October 24 in the main gallery in the FGCU Arts Complex.