What’s in a face? That’s the question explored by the newest Featured Artist at Athens Arts Gallery in Crawfordsville. Gerburg Garmann’s show will open April 29 and run through June 14. The opening reception is planned for May 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“The depiction of faces is universal and as old as human history. Whatever their mediated forms, portraits create an extraordinary new physiognomy for the viewer, particularly if rendered in a surreal way,” said Garmann in an artist statement. “Not purporting to be an exact likeness of someone we know or could possibly know, portraits make a face magically ambiguous, and leave a tension between the familiar and the strange. Thus they invite contemplation and allow us to explore both the face’s universality as well as its ability to become someone or something else with every viewing.”
Garmann, a native of Germany, is a professor of German and French and the assistant dean of Interdisciplinary Programs & Service Learning at the University of Indianapolis. Her scholarly publications appear in both German and French in international journals. Her poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies around the world. Her paintings are collected locally and internationally.