Interlochen Visual Arts hosts guest artist Conor Fagan

  • Artist Conor Fagan discussion his artwork with Interlochen Arts Academy Visual Arts student Erza Durr.

Kaleigh James
September 28, 2015

Conor Fagan's show, Emergent, opened Sept. 11 and will run through Oct. 2.

The Visual Arts department is currently host to the exhibition Emergent, a curation of recent works for an upcoming exhibition in New York by artist Conor Fagan. The show includes paintings, prints, soft scuptures intended for viewer interaction, and a video installation. The works can be viewed in the Dow Center for Visual Arts on the Interlochen campus in the main gallery. Fagan also delivered an artist lecture to the Visual Arts students and faculty on Sept. 10, discussing his personal evolution as an artist from his days as an undergraduate student through his current working methods.

Of his exhibition, Fagan writes, "The work in this room is a contemplation on the nature of change and the intangible. Conversely, it is also an attempt to create a kind of impossible homeostasis, and to achieve an uncanny harmony."

During the creation of a painting, video, sculpture, or drawing, there is an attempt to keep the decisionmaking simple, clear, and basic. Thoughts such as: “What is this?” or “What is this doing?” or “Why is this doing it?” are negated. Interests become simplified. The mind begins to ponder things such as color, objecthood, space, and environment. Within these basic concerns, and resting somewhere between the abstract and the real, a language of the preconscious emerges."

Fagan was born in Baltimore, Md., and obtained his Master of Fine Arts at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the spring of 2014. After graduating he was one of 12 international artists selected to participate in the International Symposium of Contemporary Art, in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec in August of 2014. He has works in numerous public and private collections including the Waterton - Global corporate collection and the Museum of Modern Art in Baie-Saint-Paul, and will be having a solo show at Gitler& ________, in New York City after Emergent here at Interlochen.

Fagan has also taught drawing and painting to both high school and intermediate campers at Interlochen Arts Camp for the last two summers.

** Hours for the Visual Arts gallery are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. **