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School of Art presents MYSTERIUM

Francis Oliver

The Atlanta-based artist Craig Dongoski's interest in probing the innate origins of human expression through experiments in layering basic marks through electronic and acoustic instrumentation is the focus of a 36-hour durational art and music event from 6 p.m. June 20 to 6 a.m. June 22 at the Lamar Dodd School of Art.

The 36-hour durational art and music event involving dozens of artists and performers is part of the school's Visiting Artist and Scholar program for Dongoski's MYSTERIUM. The public is invited to attend a free reception of the resulting exhibition, which features an artwork on paper produced collectively over the 36 hours and varied audiovisual documentation of the MYSTERIUM event, on Thursday June 22 at 6 p.m. in the Studio Foundation Project Space in room N105 of the Main Building of the Lamar Dodd School of Art on 270 River Road.

In anticipation of MYSTERIUM, Dongoski delivered a lecture during the 2023 spring semester to students and faculty that explored the inspiration behind the event. 

"MYSTERIUM will last 36 hours. The time frame will be divided into six 6-hour sections and demarcated by the colors yellow, red, orange, blue, green, and violet. Artists involved will be restricted to making a prescribed number of dots, dashes, and circles on a large collective paper in the respective color of that 6-hour period while the project space is flooded in the light of that color," Dongoski said

Beyond a kaleidoscopic environment of changing ambient colors and a meditative practice of drawing over an extended period of time, Dongoski seeks to induce a unique trance-like state in the artists with a dynamic roster of accompanying live music. In addition, onsite food will draw out a relationship with taste and a selection of vials with natural scents curated by a collaborator of Dongoski's will stimulate olfactory responses.


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