The Currency of an Altered State
Audience:Open to the Public
“The Currency of an Altered State”
Works on paper by Hanna von Goeler
Bernstein Gallery, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
Exhibition dates: October 29 – December 6, 2012
Artist closing reception: December 6, 2012, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Contact: Kate Somers (609) 497-2441
“The Currency of an Altered State”, is part of an ongoing series in which the Montclair-based painter, Hanna von Goeler, paints on top of existing currency to raise ethical, political and aesthetic questions. These paintings fall into different categories of inquiry, including environmental concerns, social and economic disparities, immigration, politics, law and geography. Using strategies such as association, inference, humor, and similitude, an enormous range of provocative ideas and multiple meanings are conveyed through these often gem-like, miniature paintings, some of which evoke illuminated manuscripts.
Along with the meta-narratives inherent in most of the works, the act of painting on currency resonates personally with von Goeler. The artist writes, “Painting on money also gives me some sense of power to determine, rather than be controlled by, money’s function within society. This relates to the concept of agency; it explores the extent to which we have the power to define rather than be shaped by the currencies in our culture.”
Hanna von Goeler is a conceptual and project-based artist, who explores her interests through installation as well as in smaller works. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she went on to receive an MFA from the University of California, Davis. In addition, she has completed her post-graduate study at the Jan van Eyck Academy in the Netherlands. The artist has exhibited widely both in this country and abroad and has won numerous awards and fellowships, details of which can be seen on her website: www.hannavongoeler.com.
An artist reception will be held in the Bernstein Gallery on Friday, November 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. The gallery is located on the lower level of Robertson Hall in the Woodrow Wilson School. Regular hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 – 5:30 p.m., and open by appointment on the weekends.
Artist closing reception: December 6, 5-8 p.m.
**Please note the new change in the artist reception date due to Hurricane Sandy.
He is History and into the Night He Flies
watercolor, gouache and dollar bill
6 1/8 x 2 1/2 inches
From the 1992 - 2012 series The Currency of an Altered State and My Money, My Currency