The Inter Arts Department at Idyllwild Arts Academy welcomes photographer, artist and curator Eve Fowler on Thursday, Oct. 25.
Fowler will present a lecture on both her practice and her recent posters based on Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons. Her current project continues her exploration of language used in nonconventional ways to explore different interpretations of common vernacular and its ambiguity.
In Fowler’s Tender Buttons project, posters contain text such as, “A spectacle and nothing strange,” “A difference of very little difference,” “Very like the last time,” “There are the ones who do see me,” “A narrative of like and like it,” “Very different but much more” and so on.
Fowler commented, “I’m interested in the multiple reads a viewer could have seeing this text in public. I’m also interested in making something that is accessible to everyone, or at least, a very broad audience. I see this language as queer, in both senses of the word, but I think it is open-ended and could be interpreted in various ways.”
Previously, Fowler’s projects centered on the photographic documentary examination of ambiguity, which led her to this current project that, she says, “serves as homage to Gertrude Stein and queer writers in general.”
Fowler’s works have been seen at solo shows at many local and national galleries such as the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Fowler is also the founder of Artist Curated Projects, a project that supports and nurtures a community of artists.
Fowler’s presentation begins at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Parks Exhibition Center. For more information, contact Idyllwild Arts at (951) 659-2171.