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September Issue 2010

Clemson University in Clemson, SC, Features Works by Janet Williams

Clemson University in Clemson, SC, is presenting the exhibit, Touch, Texts and Topographies, featuring works by Janet Williams, on view in the Lee Gallery through Sept. 23, 2010.

This exhibition explores the relevance of an ancient medium - clay - in the context of contemporary digital technologies. The exhibition brings together several bodies of work linked by an exploration of this territory by North Carolina artist Janet Williams. In her choice of ceramics as a medium, she is interested in the aspects that differentiate it from other art forms - particularly its tactility and sensual properties. Books, maps and the internet, are at once remote and intimate - all are vast areas traced with a fingertip.

The collected texts, Bookworks, speaks about the impact of digital technologies on the world of print; the topographic works, 99th Meridian and Boustrophedon, utilize the conceptual framework of specific printed matter - telephone directories and The Reader's Digest Condensed - to think about and describe "place".

The collected body of work explores the different ways of bringing together these two different technologies - ceramics and the computer - connected through tactility, to create forms where connectivity occurs. A Topography of Touch uses the artists own digit /fingerprint map as a starting point to generate a series of virtual forms, which have been translated into physical topographic structures.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 864/656-3883 or visit (www.clemson.edu/caah/leegallery).

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