NURTURING FRICTION AS A FOUNDATION FOR CREATIVITY
Public talk by Margery Amdur
IAS & VSP artist-in-residence
Margery Amdur, artist-in-residence co-hosted by IAS and VSP will use the Monument Building’s smart classroom as a laboratory to interactively present ideas about artists’ relationship to paradox, divergent thinking, and managing friction as a foundation for their creativity. Amdur will draw on her personal experience as a mixed media artist as well as the self-description of other contemporary artists. A common theme that emerges is that artists' creativity seems to derive from holding friction, tension, divergence and paradox in place and rigorously exploring it rather than resolving it. Creativity appears to have its roots in the discomfort of ambiguity and ambivalence.
THE EVENING WITH MARGERY AMDUR IS CO-ORGANIZED BY THE Cultural Heritage Studies Program, THE Visual Studies Platform AND THE Center for Arts and Culture. HER TALK IS FOLLOWED BY THE UNVEILING OF HER INSTALLATION CREATED FOR CEU IN COOPERATION WITH STUDENTS, INCLUDING STUDENTS OF THE CULTURAL HERITAGE STUDIES PROGRAM, IN FRONT OF THE FT ELEVATORS AT 7.30 PM
Margery Amdur received her B.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University and her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Currently, she is professor of fine arts at Rutgers University. Over her career so far, she has had 60 solo and two-person exhibitions. She has been reviewed in national and international publications including Sculpture Magazine, New American Paintings, Fiber Arts, New Art Examiner, Art Papers, and in two of the Manifest International Publications. Her work was on the cover and featured in the fall 2014 issue of Art Voices. Her most recent and near future projects include an installation at the Philadelphia International Airport (My Nature), and an installation at the CEU to be unveiled on December 9, 2015. Prof. Amdur will be exhibiting her work at the University of Hawaii in February 2016.