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Work of MFA Student KARAH LAIN on Display at Governors State University
Visual Arts Gallery at Governors State University
INVISIBILIA: artists exploring invisible life forces
Exhibition Dates: October 10–November 16, 2018
Friday, November 9, 2018
The work of second year MFA student KARAH LAIN is on display in at the Governors State University in Illinois. For more information, visit the Facebook event HERE.
We don't know what we don't know. However, this exhibition explores the invisible forces influencing human behavior and experience. Optical illusions can demonstrate how our eyes and brains can be deceived; infrared and ultraviolet sensitive cameras can see what the human eye cannot perceive. Stereotypes about individuals or groups who are different from us cause instinctual responses in our subconscious - which is known as Implicit Bias.
Implicit Bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. We have all experienced it. These are the invisible life forces that can determine what will happen next.
How can we unravel these unconscious processes and become more mindful of our own actions and verbal, as well as nonverbal, communication. Small actions can cause a ripple effect potentially leading to significant life changing consequences.
This exhibition explores aesthetics that ask or address the following questions:
* Why do we gravitate to and embrace familiar things, yet resist and fear the unknown?
* How do we expose these invisible barriers and prevent being unwittingly influenced by them?
* How can we open each other’s minds to familiarize ourselves with people and ideas different from our own?
In an article about Art and Implicit Bias, author Gibrán Rivera said: "I don’t have all the answers, and I don’t pretend that this is the only answer. But I do know that aesthetics will play a role. I know that we’ll need to look to art, to the sort of beauty that captivates the unknown inside ourselves. This way we will begin to shed light upon the shadow of our fear of one another."
Gunjan Chawla Kumar
Juror: Michelle Ruiz