RAW, an exhibition featuring a 3D installation by John DiGiovanni, a senior B.F.A. candidate in painting and drawing, will be on display in the Borland Gallery on the Penn State University Park campus, September 30-October 11, 2013. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. A reception will be held on Tuesday, October 1, at 5:30 p.m.
DiGiovanni views himself as an interdisciplinary artist and uses any medium that will communicate his ideas. “My motivation behind my work is to provide a life for the sketches lost in the notebooks of bored school people,” DiGiovanni says. “A lot of what I do involves complete absurdity as a visual hook, while underneath the surface I try to discuss personal narrative with ties to the education system and social issues.”
In RAW, DiGiovanni will transform the gallery space into a simulation, playing on the senses of sight, hearing, and taste. Visitors will receive 3D glasses upon entering the space, from there they will be able to walk around and view the 3D animation environment.
“Installation has always fascinated me and the idea of an immersive space has captivated me since I saw Yayoi Kusama’s Repetitive Vision,” DiGiovanni says. “Some of my biggest influences come from the idea that one can create a space that seems otherworldly.”