Haley Manchon, a recent B.F.A. graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art, will show a series of works at the Sussex County Community College Art Gallery in Newton.
Curated by Kulvinder Kaur Dhew, the exhibition opens to the public on Oct. 4 and will be on view through Nov. 9. An artist reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 4 from 6-8 p.m.. The event is free, all are welcome.
Since 2016, Manchon’s work has been concerned with the overwhelming influx of information available today through technology, and more specifically, the frustration associated with navigating this information to find truth within a mass of fiction and bias. As her work develops, she still applies distortion to the figure in search of truth; however, her interest has shifted into an exploration of process and distorted imagery to as a way to maintain agency over the work she creates. This shift in mindset is less about imitating computerized errors, and more about creating a dialog between analog and digital methods in order to create a visual language that is uniquely her own.
The heart of Manchon’s work lies in the use of labor-intensive media like colored pencil. It holds unique qualities of layering and precision that creates an intimate relationship with the work. Over time, the process of developing the drawings became more important than the result. Images are created by working with mistakes, manipulating drawing scans, screen printing, utilizing dura-lar’s transparency, and working from memory. The computer’s role is demoted from the primary source material into a tool for inspiration, as Manchon embraces her own ability to construct distorted imagery.
Exposed! reveals a variety of sketches, scans, and screen prints to shed light on Manchon’s budding process; a backlog of imagery that will continue to expand as she creates more work. She is excited to share this development of how the work is emerging with everyone at SCCC.