Fictitious Landscapes Come to Gustavus

Posted on April 15th, 2005 by

An unusual project is taking shape with art students at Gustavus Adolphus College. The project, with the assistance of artists Mary Carothers and Sue Wrbican, pushes the students to contemplate their natural surroundings and find locations where, with the addition of a sign or some other object, the site takes on new meaning.

Originally developed as a project to comment on the impact of the corporate world on our “visual” everyday life, Carothers and Wrbican created TIREFIRE as a means to look at this impact and to make artisitic comments on our visual world. With St. Peter’s proximity to the Mall of America and the corporate world of the metropolitan area, much of the Gustavus project with involve research and interviews with residents to discover how mega-businesses and shopping centers have affected the lives of people who live many miles from these centers.

A public lecture is scheduled for Monday, April 25 and will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the lecture hall on the second floor of Gustavus’ Department of Art. Titled Collaborations in Contemporary Art, this lecture is free and open to the public.


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