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Hot wax paintings and digital art on display at the Lubeznik

The Fragile Codes exhibit opens at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts next week.

Hot wax, or encaustic, painting is one of the oldest artistic techniques dating back to ancient Greece and Egypt, while digital art is one of the newest mediums.

Both will be on display in The Fragile Codes and In the Abstract exhibits at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St. No. 100, between downtown and the lakefront in Michigan City from Monday through Jan. 6. 

Artists Jason Bernagozzi and Eric Souther will display video installations, sculptures and "prints that borrow and repurpose images from popular media to create a transformative experience" for the Fragile Codes exhibition.

Souther is an associate professor of new media at Indiana University South Bend who won a juried award for time-based art at the international ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bernagozzi, co-founder of the experimental media arts nonprofit Signal Culture, works with video, sound and new media out of his home base in Colorado.

"Bernagozzi and Souther explore how the advancement of media has transformed the way we interpret the world around us," Lubeznik said in a news release. "Through their separate work they investigate the rapidly changing relationship between media, technology, society and the arts."

Four Chicago-area artists will display their hot wax paintings, in which wax and pigment are burnt onto the canvas, in the In the Abstract show.

"Shelley Gilchrist's work creates movement, pattern and works with non-traditional shapes and vibrant color. Jeffrey Hirst's artworks incorporate architectural influences with printmaking and sculpture. Monotypes by Michele Thrane are inspired by abstract expressionist mark making," Lubeznik said in the news release. "Paintings by Karen Tichy have a rich translucent quality using paper lines and shapes under layers of wax. The variety of abstract forms in this exhibit share a luminosity achieved by layering the wax."

An opening reception with light bites and a cash bar will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 3.

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