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Visiting artists to give public talks at NMSU

In September and October, three visiting artists will be giving talks about their work at New Mexico State University.

Black and red materials hanging from frame
"Strings Attached" is among the works of Andrea Jesperson, one of three visiting artists who will give public talks at NMSU this fall.
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The piece by Ben Woodeson is titled "go on, live a little, die a little." Woodeson is among three visiting artists who will present public lectures at NMSU this fall.
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Orly Ruaimi is among three visiting artists who will give a talk at NMSU. This is one example of her work, titled "Bazooka." (Courtesy photo)

Andrea Jespersen and Ben Woodeson, currently artists in residence in Roswell, will give a talk at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5 and Orly Ruaimi will give a talk at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Both talks will be in the Health and Social Services Auditorium, Room 101. Ruaimi will also provide a workshop at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in the D.W. Williams Annex, Room 118.

“Jespersen’s research focuses on art grounded in conceptual considerations that incorporate time-consuming handmade methods,” said Craig Cully, associate professor of art in the College of Arts and Sciences. “Her body of work consciously plays with how the aesthetic handmade can bring mindful thinking to the conceptual table.”

Cully describes Woodeson’s work as experiments with artworks that tease and challenge. “He investigates the physical and psychological qualities of materials through a process of trial and frequent error,” Cully said. “How can basic rules of physics be exploited to assemble simple sculptures that straddle a line between stability and instability, action and inaction? Woodeson works by testing, using himself as human litmus paper; seeking a balance point between trepidation and attraction.”

Ruaimi will be an artist in residence in the Department of Art in the College of Arts and Sciences from Oct. 15 – Nov. 17. The Israeli-born artist is currently living and working in San Francisco. Cully said the artist partnered with KOVIO, an innovative technology company in the Silicon Valley, to incorporate a revolutionary wireless tag in her CYBORG collection of one-of-a-kind laser cut wearable accessories.

“Ruaimi’s work highlights the idea of how the struggle and confusion in humanity’s fight for peace always leaves permanent scars on one, both physically and psychologically,” said Cully. “Her work critically examines ideas of gender and ethnicity as they relate to conflict.”

The events are free and open to the public. They are sponsored by NMSU’s Department of Art and paid for by the Lilian Steinman Visiting Artist Fund.

“It is our intention to reach out to the community throughout Las Cruces and have them join us in welcoming these fabulous artists,” Cully said.