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Polar Drifts:


Title: untitled

Artist: Leslie Sharpe

Reception: Polar Drifts:
Projects from Northern Crossings
February 19, 2010 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Location: SoFA Gallery

Performance: Nostalgia and Myths of North
February 19, 2010 (7:30 PM - 12:00 AM)
Location: SoFA Gallery

The School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery at Indiana University is proud to present Polar Drifts: Projects from Northern Crossings recent work by Leslie Sharpe. This exhibition will open Tuesday, February 16 and continue through Friday, March 12, 2010. The Opening Reception will be Friday, February 19, 7:00-9:00 pm in the SoFA Gallery. Preceding the opening, Sharpe will participate in the panel discussion When Green Is More than a Color: The Environment in the Visual Arts Friday, February 19, 5:30–7:00 p.m. Radio-TV Building, Room 251. All events are free and open to the public.

Polar Drifts consists of work from Leslie Sharpe’s Northern Crossing project where she addresses boundaries, climate change and the “culture” of North based on her histories and travels in the Canadian North. This exhibition features Sharpe’s research of exploration, sovereignty, and ‘ideas of North’. In the project, Sharpe highlights the changing culture and environment of the Canadian Arctic and subarctic using a range of media, including multimedia installation, photography, drawing, and personal artifacts.

Sharpe’s work has been shown internationally, including Kiasma Museum, the Pompidou Centre, and Kunstverein Stuttgart, the Banff Centre, PS1, Exit Art, Artists Space, and the Center for Visual Culture. Sharpe has held artist’s residencies at the Banff Centre’s New Media Institute, and at PS1 Institute of Contemporary Art in New York. Sharpe divides her time between Bloomington, Indiana, where she is an Assistant Professor in the School of Fine Arts, and Northern Alberta, Canada, where she was raised.

The panel discussion, When Green Is More than a Color: The Environment in the Visual Arts, is moderated by Jennifer Geigel Mikulay, assistant professor/public scholar of visual culture at IUPUI and features panelists Leslie Sharpe, assistant professor of digital art, IU-Bloomington; Rowland Ricketts, assistant professor of textiles, IU-Bloomington; Laurel Cornell, associate professor of sociology, East Asian languages and culture, and landscape architecture, IU-Bloomington; and Edward Morris, executive director of the Canary Project.

The panel will discuss how creative artists working in a variety of media address environmental and social issues in their themes and/or in their techniques; how the “green” movement has influenced the art market; sustainability in art; the evolution of new forms or modes of practice; the role of social responsibility in the visual arts; the relationship between artists and environmentalists; and the consideration of place (globally and locally).

For further information, please contact the SoFA Gallery at (812)-855-8490 or We invite you to visit our website at The SoFA Gallery is accessible to people with disabilities. The SoFA gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 4:00 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.