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[teacherartexchange] Self/Soul Collaboration Project - from Tom Chambers

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From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Dec 13 2006 - 11:24:28 PST


Dear Art Educators,

Many of you have been interested in the online exhibits by Tom
Chambers' students. Tom is a visting professor in China. Here is news
on the latest collaboration with Universty of Louisville.

From Tom:

SELF/SOUL opening/exhibition [December 1 - 25, 2006]
at the Art Gallery, Fine Arts Department, Zhaoqing
University, Zhaoqing, Guangdong Province, China.

It can be seen at:

http://zquart.tomrchambers.com/self2galexhib.html

Its installation/layout can be seen at:

http://art.louisville.edu/self/zqu.html

The concurrent SELF/SOUL exhibition at the Rouge Noir
Gallery, University of Louisville (Louisville,
Kentucky, U.S.A.) can be seen at:

http://art.louisville.edu/self/

This project is a collaboration between Freshman
[Grade 1] students in China and America under the
instruction of Tom R. Chambers at Zhaoqing University
(Zhaoqing, Guangdong Province, China) and Chan Ying
Kit at Allen R. Hite Art Institute, University of
Louisville (Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.).

The self-portrait gives the artist the greatest
freedom from external constraints. Because the artist
is his or her own cheapest and most available model,
the self-portrait is the finest opportunity to make
the most flattering statement or the most penetrating
revelation of character of which he or she is capable.
The artist tries not only to express his inner drive
through aesthetic presentation, but also to examine
that drive through portrayal of the most intimate
subject, the self [The Columbia Electronic
Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright 2005, Columbia
University Press].

The soul, according to many religious and
philosophical traditions, is a self-aware ethereal
substance particular to a unique living being. In
these traditions the soul is thought to incorporate
the inner essence of each living being, and to be the
true basis for sentience. In distinction to spirit
which may or may not be eternal, souls are usually
(but not always as explained below) considered to be
immortal and to pre-exist their incarnation in flesh.
The concept of the soul has strong links with notions
of an afterlife, but opinions may vary wildly, even
within a given religion, as to what may happen to the
soul after the death of the body. Many within these
religions and philosophies see the soul as immaterial,
while others consider it to possibly have a material
component, and some have even tried to establish the
mass (weight) of the soul [Wikipedia].

The Zhaoqing University art students'
activities/accomplishments in digital art can be seen
at:

http://tomrchambers.com/zqu.html

Contacts:

Tom R. Chambers
Visiting Lecturer, Digital/New Media Art
Fine Arts Department
Zhaoqing University
Zhaoqing Guangdong Province
China
chambersdva@yahoo.com

Chan Ying Kit
Professor, Foundations, Drawing, Web Design
Department of Fine Arts
Allen. R. Hite Institute of the University of
Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
chan@louisville.edu

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