Two Ships Passing with Andy Campbell, Art History Lecturer, Texas State University

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 6:30pm

Art Building, Room 1.110

Free and Open to the Public

Two Ships Passing

The VAC, in collaboration with the art publication Pastelegram, introduces Two Ships Passing. Often said of two people who meet for a brief but intense moment, this conversation series explores pertinent topics within the creative community. In each edition of Two Ships Passing, one speaker will be invited and prompted to request the company of a committed colleague, mentor, or perhaps even a new acquaintance, creating a unique pairing for a dialogue. This remarkable event aims to establish a reactive space where ideas will be exchanged and unexpected conclusions will be gained.

About the Program

The first talk in Two Ships Passing concerns the methods of dealing with the profusion of pictures in magazines, photographs, the Internet, documents, and other assorted ephemera–instead of a single work of art. This conversation explores the idea that artists and historians today see far more images much more quickly than they did a few decades ago and the ways of sifting through and studying an abundance of images have changed in response. Invited as our special guest by Campbell is Austin based designer and owner of Blackmail Boutique, Gail Chovan.

About the Artist

Andy Campbell teaches Art History at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, and is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. His work focuses on the visual and material culture produced by gay leathermen of the 1970s and contemporary artists who revisit and remake these visual and material documents.

Gail Chovan is designer and owner of Blackmail Boutique & Atelier since 1997. Born and raised in New Jersey, educated in Paris, Gail Chovan gave up a career in academia when she switched from French literature studies at the Sorbonne to clothing design at Esmod. She went on to work with other independent fashion designers in Paris, and eventually launched her own clothing line. Returning to the States, Chovan opened her boutique, Blackmail, in 1997 and quickly became known for her avant garde style and award-winning window displays. Chovan has created a niche for herself that harkens to a different time and world view, with an appreciation for quality workmanship, non-industrialization, and the beauty found in imperfection.

Miss this program? Check out the VAC's LOOK+LISTEN channel for video snippets of past performances, as well as our audio archive of lectures, artist talks, and panel conversations