Harley Gallery Presents Michael Dickins: PreOccupied, May 3 – 30

May 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm

The Curtis R. Harley Gallery at the University of South Carolina Upstate will exhibit “PreOccupied,” an interactive installation of artwork by Michael Dickins, from May 3 – 30, 2012. The gallery is located on the first floor of the Humanities and Performing Arts Center and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An artist lecture and reception will be held May 10 at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Dickins is an adjunct instructor of art at USC Upstate.

“PreOccupied” focuses on the conflicts and uprisings of the past year in Greece, Libya, Syria, Egypt, Bahrain and New York. An interdisciplinary artist, Dickins creates his work with a variety of media including photography, printmaking, installation, sound and video. His balance of both digital and material processes allows him to create pieces that are both expressive and engaging.

Dickins’ art practice puts focus on mundane imagery by creating drawings using traditional materials, ink transfer drawings, installations and sound scores based on the history and memory generated from found photographs — photographs of his own and of others that are given to him.

“My work is influenced by the snapshot and documentational imagery. ‘PreOccupied’ is a commentary on the disconnect between the consumer of American mass media and global conflict,” says Dickins, who adds that he was discouraged by the lack of student knowledge of the global conflicts of the past year.

Dickins says that he is attracted to images that are taken not necessarily for “art” purposes, but for “documentation purposes.  The photographic recordings of people for remembrance or historical purposes, emotional purposes, and even as entertainment are the primary images he uses within his work.

For further information, contact Gallery Director Jane Nodine at (864) 503-5838 or jnodine@uscupstate.edu.