Professor to present performance art

Arnold Carlson, a Northwestern College art professor, will conduct a performance piece in Northwestern’s Te Paske Gallery Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. Entitled “Explaining Images to a Dead Rabbit,” the piece will involve additional performers and participants from the immediate community invited to accompany Carlson.

Carlson’s piece borrows elements from the works of Joseph Beuys, Allan Kaprow and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Central to the event and its related objects are the exploration of the process of creating images, the nature of images, community dynamics, and non-theatrical performance as described by Kaprow.

The public is invited to the reception/performance to view the event, which is free to the public and informally structured. Those who attend may stay for all or part of the performance. Objects used as a part of the performance will be on display in the gallery Feb. 9–22.

Carlson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Memphis College of Art in Memphis, Tenn., as well as bachelor’s degrees in visual arts and biblical studies from Northwestern College in Roseville, Minn. His art has been shown in exhibitions in Tennessee, Michigan and Maine.

Prior to joining Northwestern’s faculty, Carlson was a visual arts instructor at the Interlochen (Mich.) Center for the Arts and an adjunct instructor at the Memphis College of Art and the University of Memphis. He has worked as an illustrator and gallery assistant and has participated in the studio program of the Minnesota Museum of Art; a blacksmithing workshop at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, Maine; and in the Foundations Instruction Think Tank at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Te Paske Gallery is located in Northwestern’s Korver Visual Arts Center on Highway 10 at 214 8th St. SW in Orange City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday.