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Dittmar Gallery to Exhibit "Spring Cloud"

Northwestern gallery to feature installation of light play and interaction

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March 1, 2010 | by Judy Moore
"Spring Cloud," a nearly room-size installation by artist Mark Rumsey, will be open to the public from March 31 through May 6.

EVANSTON, Ill. --- "Spring Cloud" -- a nearly room-size installation at the Dittmar Memorial Gallery -- by artist and community activist Mark Rumsey, will allow viewers to explore the relationship between light and form.

"Spring Cloud" opens March 31 and runs through May 6. The Dittmar Gallery is located on the first floor of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the University's Evanston campus. Both the exhibition and an opening reception at the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 1, are free and open to the public.

The installation presents an imagined "microview" of cloud structure -- crystalline droplets played upon by light and translated into macro scale. Each component is composed of folded and sewn vellum and suspended from the ceiling. The site-specific sculpture will exist only for the duration of the exhibition, after which its pieces will be recycled.

"Spring Cloud" will fill much of the gallery and create a pathway around its outer edge. To fully experience the three-dimensional work, viewers are invited to actively participate with it by turning to see a certain angle, lying on the floor to gain a new vantage point, and moving around the space to discover the continuously unfolding patterns of light and shadows.

Based in Grand Rapids, Mich., Rumsey has exhibited installations across the country, and has worked as a curator of festivals and projects.

Rumsey's work has incorporated the arts into community and economic re-development work, including "guerilla art" projects (unauthorized and political art in public spaces) in Michigan and Ohio. For more about the artist, visit http://www.markrumsey.com.

For more on the exhibition, call the Dittmar at (847) 491-2348 or Norris University Center at (847) 491-2300, e-mail dittmargallery@northwestern.edu or visit the Dittmar Web site at www.norris.northwestern.edu/dittmar.php.

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