The Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University will feature the paintings of Spokane artist Lanny DeVuono in the Arcade Gallery from Dec. 2 through March 11 (2006). The exhibit, titled, "Lanny DeVuono: Parallel Views," will juxtapose DuVuono’s long-running series "American Short Stories" with her more recent "Kerala Series."
DeVuono has been an art instructor at Eastern Washington University since 1991. She also has taught as a Fulbright Scholar in Kerala, India and as a visiting lecturer in Bangkok, Thailand. Her work has been collected throughout the region. DeVuono’s writings on contemporary art have appeared in many publications including ArtNews, Artweek and Aorta.
Firmly rooted in traditional landscape painting techniques, DeVuono’s "American Short Stories" series of paintings represents a different approach to nature. A writer and a painter, De Vuono incorporates delicately rendered text into her work; single words that change the landscape into a question. Like many contemporary artists, DeVuono sees possibilities in this juxtaposition of images and words.
A large part of the power of her landscapes lies in the lovely, rich surfaces she paints. The play of images and words is strengthened by the altered formats."Of course the landscape here (the Pacific Northwest) is stunning," DeVuono says, "but in my case I am not interested in landscape per se; I’m using it as a visual metaphor." She uses landscapes to express her social and philosophical concerns; concerns about ownership and possession.
This past year DeVuono had the opportunity to live and work in India on a Fulbright Fellowship. The state of Kerala in India, where she was staying, inspired her more recent works, the "Kerala Series." Together, these two series of paintings speak to the problems of public space and public good versus needed development. "Great technological advances have given us the ability to connect us to nature and each other," DeVuono says. "Yet, without some means of determining the largest common good, we face the risk of increasingly large disconnections from each other and the earth we share."
A free public preview reception for the artist will be held from 6-7:15 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Jundt Art Museum. The free public lecture "Lanny DeVuono: Parallel Views" will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Museum’s Lecture Hall following the reception. Continuing in the Jundt Gallery through Dec.14 is the exhibit, "Through My Lens: Spokane 1995- 2005."
The Jundt Art Museum is free and open to the public from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday-Friday; noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday; closed Sunday. Holiday closures Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31; Jan.1-2, Jan. 16; and Feb. 18- 20 (2006).
For more information, call Karen Kaiser, assistant curator for education, at (509) 323-6613. A free public preview reception for the artist will be held from 6-7:15 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Jundt Art Museum.