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Code Number Safe [Un]Safe exhibition opens at Hicks Art Center Gallery


Hicks Art Center Gallery at Bucks County Community College presents a group exhibition of new and historic artworks featuring U.S. and internationally based artists.

Code Number Safe [Un]Safe is on view now through Saturday, March 4.

The show feature sculpture, painting, drawing, collage, assemblage, photography, and video works by: Miriam Carpenter, Paul W. Evans, Helen Rebekah Garber, Hand Drawn Map Association (Kris Harzinski), Daniel Healey, Edward Ellis Hughes (Courtesy of The Petrucci Family Foundation), Barbara Martin, Kathleen McSherry, Neal Pressley, Lorna Simpson (Courtesy of The Petrucci Family Foundation), and Steina and Woody Vasulka (Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix).

The premise of the exhibition “Code Number Safe [Un]Safe” is built around the concept of numbers and numeric systems holding values for safety and stability or on the contrary – impermanence and oppression. The cohort of artists participating in the exhibition use numbers and numeric identifiers to describe personal, process and historical narratives through sculpture, painting, collage, or visual diagrams/images that symbolize spaces for realized well-being or vessels of conflict.

Artistic expression is often codified solely as a right-brain endeavor. However, many artists utilize left-brain processes, organically, out of preference or necessity, by sourcing a multitude of numeric systems to augment right-brain creative activities; in artworks deploying painting, printmaking, photography, video, assemblage, and sculpture in the exhibition “Code Number Safe [Un]Safe.”

Exhibition programming is free and open to the public and includes the following:

At 2 p.m. Feb. 2, Helen Rebekah Garber will present an Artist Talk in the Zlock Performing Arts Center at Bucks County Community College. Garber will speak about her journey as a nurse practitioner and artist and how they intersect on her canvases through numerical patterns. Following the Artist Talk, the exhibition’s opening reception will be held in the Hicks Art Center from 4 to 6 p.m.

From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7, Kris Harzinski, artist, director and founder of The Hand Drawn Map Association, will present a map-making workshop in the Hicks Art Center room H100. Materials and supplies will be provided.

Gallery hours throughout the exhibition will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

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