School 33 Art Center



01/16/2015 - 03/22/2015

School 33 Art Center presents “Self-Reflection,” a solo exhibition from painter and professor Steven Pearson.  In his work, Pearson explores life in the information age.  “Self-Reflection” is on display in the Members’ Gallery from Friday, January 16 through Saturday, March 21, 2015.  A free opening reception takes place Friday, January 16, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 11am to 4pm.

The information age has brought the noise of the infinite to us in ways which seem deceptively manageable, but often add to the confusion of our daily lives.  Memory has both evolved and devolved simultaneously.  Our ability to receive and assimilate a myriad of information on a constant basis has been enhanced through the Internet, smart phones, and other Wi-Fi connected devices.

Pearson attempts to convey this multilayered process in a two-dimensional format, seeking to employ complex compositions that utilize color to both organize and confound space.  Within “Self-Reflection,” he utilizes tracings from twenty years of his previous paintings to create a multi-faceted history.  His reconfigured imagery suggests the manner in which we store memories, and how we assimilate and make sense of information.  Color is central to formalizing the haphazard collection which makes up his visual diary.
Pearson is an Associate Professor in the Art and Art History Department, as well as the director of the Esther Prangley Rice Gallery at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.