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Art, a Matter of Mind

  • 06:00 PM
  • 970-476-0954

Art, a Matter of Mind

Arts & Culture

with JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey, Mardee Goff and Flux

August 15, 2018

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Exhibit will be open immediately following the presentation.

Colorado Mountain College | Edwards

In our modern world of smartphone cameras and Instagram, our connection with art is often distilled down to a single digital picture smaller than our fist. But what do we lose by collapsing our multidimensional world into a tiny, flickering, 2D image? Even when we encounter individual works of art in a museum or gallery, the average time Americans spend looking at a work is between six and ten seconds. How, in our culture of increasing distraction, might we truly connect with the beauty around us? What drives our connection to art? What neural processes underlie our ability to slow down and reflect?  How does this intricate interplay of mind and experience inform our aesthetic response?
Join art collector JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey, curator Mardee Goff and neuroscientist Flux on an intimate journey into the mind of the observer to answer this radically topical question. In an interactive discussion of the neural processes that underlie human perception and experience, paralleled by a look into the value systems that have been instilled by the art world over time, the audience is invited on a tour from simple visual understanding to the generation of a complex human connection. Focusing on a selection of works on paper from the collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey as a basis for exploring what drives our individual connections to art, the conversation will encourage and challenge us to really look at a work of art with the hope of bringing awareness to how and why we connect to art.
A portion of the JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey Collection will be on display at Colorado Mountain College, Edwards Campus, to provide attendees and the public a chance to connect with the art.
The JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey Collection is a significant collection of contemporary works on paper with more than 400 international, early to mid-career contemporary artists represented in the collection. While the collection initially focused on abstract works, over time it has been extended to challenge traditional notions of drawing. The character of the collection is shaped by the collector’s aesthetic and is guided by strict adherence to a set of principles she has set forth for collecting. Part of the mission of the collection is to promote a deeper understanding of the nature of works on paper, all the while exploring the question, “What is drawing?” It is through the thoughtful and thorough vision of the collector that we are brought to genuinely question what constitutes a drawing and asked to reconsider the potential of paper as a support for ideas and creativity.
Flux is graduate student researcher at CU Boulder with a decade’s worth of research in fields spanning from molecular biology to human behavior. While currently working on a joint Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience, his research at CU centers around resiliency, specifically working to identify behaviors and biomarkers that facilitate our ability to overcome stress and bolster mental health. Flux’s current work is grounded by a comprehensive background in systems neuroscience provided by his Master’s research at NYU studying the primate visual system. Together with his BS in Biotechnology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Flux’s multidisciplinary approach to science helps to inform a collaborative attitude a drive to understand the mind from a variety of angles.  
Mardee Goff is an independent curator based in Denver, Colorado. Prior to working independently, Goff was Curator of Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) and was responsible for mounting more than 30 exhibitions of local and international artists including “Walk the Distance and Slow Down: Selections from the Collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey” and the critically acclaimed exhibitions “Substrate” (2015), which featured site-responsive installations that utilized the museum’s floors; “Defaced” (2014-2015), the first group exhibition of Romanian figurative painters in the US and the year-long project and publication “The Flood Project: Rising Above & Restoring Boulder Through Art” (2013-2014). Prior to working at BMoCA, Goff worked with and in art institutions and organizations locally and internationally including The Royal Academy of Arts, London; National Gallery, London; Biennial of the Americas, Denver; Denver Art Museum; and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy. She holds an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and earned a BA in Art History from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
This program is generously underwritten by Martha Head.

Note: The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; the program will begin at 6 p.m.

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