Art exhibit contemplates the watchers and the watched
DeKALB – The Northern Illinois University Art Museum presents its fall opener, “On Watching and Being Seen,” an exhibition featuring 28 artists exploring the roles of voyeur and exhibitionist, especially through social media and surveillance technology.
The exhibition will be held in all four galleries of the museum from Aug. 27 through Oct. 19. There will be a public reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, and a special viewing from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.
How people define “private” and “public” affects whether they feel engaged, threatened or ambivalent. For example, Houston-based artist William Betts elevates the mundane images of public surveillance camera footage into fine art by transforming still frames into mechanized dot paintings. The paintings are as unsettling as they are beautiful; they serve as a disturbing reminder that we are all subjects of surveillance.
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