New multimedia exhibit at Farnham


by Kelly Drobac

Farnham Galleries is currently displaying a multimedia art exhibit featuring digital photographs and a video instillation by husband and wife artists Russ Nordman and Jody Boyer.

Boyer’s “Illumine” exhibit features 16 photographs. These photographs are digital pictures mounted on a 6 by 8 inch birch-wood panel. Wax is poured over the photographs to give them a blurry effect.

Nordman’s exhibit is a video instillation titled, “Science Fictions.” Three videos are projected onto the wall and show various abstract items.

The videos are positioned close to each other and they are continuously running, which makes your eyes move quickly from picture-to-picture as they are projected onto the wall.

David Richmond, assistant professor of art, said the digital prints are dreamlike and marvelous.

“I have no idea how they started, if they started out blurred or if they became blurred because of the wax being poured over them,” Richmond said. “These pictures are so delicate and the colors are so beautiful.”

The photographs are of trees, the sky and landscape.

“I can tell the images are trees,” Richmond said. “But I enjoy how abstract and soft they become once they are blurred.”

Boyer received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Reed College and her master’s degree in intermedia and video art from the University of Iowa. Her art has been displayed at the Des Moines Art Center, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and has toured throughout the country in a traveling exhibit.

Nordman received his master’s in fine arts from the University of Nebraska. He has also studied with internationally recognized artist Hans Breder.

Nordman was a studio manager and assisted with numerous exhibitions for the Van Abbe Museum in the Netherlands, the American Center in Paris and the Tate Gallery.

Senior Megan Cecil has recently visited the Tate Modern Gallery in London while on a semester abroad.

“The art currently in Farnham Galleries is definitely something that reminded me of the Tate,” Cecil said. “The Tate Modern in London is full of modern art that sometimes leaves one thinking: is that really art? It is a different kind of art that many of us are not used to looking at, but I enjoy things that make you think about what they are.”

Even though Richmond found the photos interesting, they confused him.

“When there is motion in art, I get confused,” he said. “I don’t understand how someone can think in terms of motion, but it is still so interesting to me with how it is created.”

Indianola High School student Hannah Witmer said the photographs were creative.

“I really like the effect. I like how the pictures are dipped in wax; it gives it a nice effect and it is interesting with what it does to the colors,” Witmer said. “Everything in the picture seems to be blended together but you can still make out what is being photographed.”

Boyer and Nordman’s art will be on display in Farnham Galleries starting Feb. 3 through Feb. 28.

There will be an artist reception tonight at 6 p.m. and a gallery presentation at 6:30 p.m. in Farnham Galleries.