Justin Randolph Thompson, Post-Bac in Studio Art Director, is a current artist in residence at Kutztown University.
During the three-week residency, he will complete a site-specific installation, titled The Antenna for the Race, with artist Bradley Dever Treadway in the Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery. The artists will work with students using sculpture and multi-media to create a fully immersive environment that will address issues of labor, cultural appropriation, and Pennsylvania history. The opening reception will also include a live performance with Kutztown University music students who have collaborated with Jason Thompson on an original score.
Cable TV was born in Pennsylvania in 1948, and the subject of media made sense for the site-specific installation. The title is a quote by Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian professor and philosopher known for predicting the internet almost 30 years before it was invented.
In an interview with a local news station, Thompson explains, "The idea is that artists are sort of like a radar, or an early warning system, that tells society what's about to happen and whether we have an obligation to certain social discourse, and specifically, in the realm of any work that's being made by African American artists. African American artists are expected to always talk about social issues, no matter what their work is, and whether their work talks about social issues or not, it's always read into their work."
The show opens to the public on February 8 at 4 pm. When the installation is finished, media will be embedded on the inside, saturating visitors through sight and sound. See a preview of the installation and hear Thompson talk about the work and collaboration process on local news segment One Tank Trip.
View Justin Randolph Thompson's faculty page for more information on the artist and his work.
Learn more about the Post-Bac in Studio Art program at SACI.
The Antenna for the Race
The Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery, Kutztown University
Artist In Residence, Site Specific Installation
Justin Randolph Thompson and Bradley Dever Treadway
In collaboration with Jason Thompson
Residency: January 22 – February 8, 2018
Artist's Lecture: Monday, January 29, 3 pm, Room 120 Sharadin Arts Building
Reception: Thursday, February 8, 4-6 pm / Music performance in the gallery at 5pm
Exhibition on View: February 8 – March 8