Press Release: ‘Deliverance from the Corpse’ and ‘Nature’s Graffiti’ Exhibitions


Frank Juarez


604 Erie Avenue

Lower Level

(920) 559-7181


‘Deliverance from the Corpse’ and ‘Nature’s Graffiti’ Exhibitions 


Sheboygan – July 23, 2012

EFFJAY PROJEKTS Gallery is pleased to announce two exhibitions titled, ‘Deliverance from the Corpse’ and ‘Nature’s Graffiti’. ‘Deliverance from the Corpse’ features new works by Milwaukee-based artist, Mary Overman. ‘Nature’s Graffiti’ features new photographs by Kohler-based artist, Tom Dent.

Join us for an artist reception on August 4 from 5 to 8pm. Artist talks start at 6pm. The gallery is located at 604 Erie Avenue, Lower Level, Sheboygan. This exhibition runs from July 26 – August 25, 2012.

Mary Overman’s solo exhibition, ‘Deliverance from the Corpse’, in Taoist theory refers to a concept in which a monk might seem to die but in actuality has gained immortality, transferring the conscious self elsewhere and leaving behind an empty husk.

Overman’s content is derived from bioethical discussions based on prolonging life and identity construction within biomedical advancements.  Her work creates a dialogue for what Gerald Gruman, author of A History of Ideas About the Prolongation of Life, described as the “underlying psychological and social determinants of longevity and humanity’s longing for its attainment.”

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Within bioethics, the apologist perspective often rejects biomedical enhancements for the reason that death is natural and must occur.  This view is compelling not only because it is often poetic, speaking of the rise, fall and movement of life, but also because it demands that we accept our own end.  However, she is compelled towards new technologies that work towards the amelioration of an imperfect human body and the philosophies that develop from them.

Overman emphasizes issues of self-perception, through either existing or conceivable biomedical technologies created to enhance human performance or extend life.  She uses this content to fabricate impressions of freedom from the infirmities of age, as a means to create a distance from death.

Tom Dent believes that objects have two lives. Manufactured objects’ first lives are the original purposes intended by the designer, architect, or craftsman. Natural objects’ first lives occur while they are actively tended and nurtured. Their second lives are usually much longer and come after they are put aside.

Often people quickly dismiss these abandoned objects as being ugly or no longer useful, or worse yet, pass them by without seeing them at all. However the moment things are put aside or cease being used is exactly when they start to get more interesting. They take on nature’s graffiti: metal blooms with corrosive color even while it flakes toward death; organic objects host intricate encrustations. Their imperfections make them more intriguing than when they were fresh, shiny and new. In Dent’s work, he focuses on the beauty of these abandoned objects.

Shallow Reef

Most of his photographs are made outdoors as the scene was found; shot with available light and a simple set-up of a camera, tripod, and patience to wait for the right moment. His graphic design education shows in each photograph as he treats it as though it were a poster. Each design component—cropping, light, color, balance, form, pattern and texture—is carefully considered.

Dent is constantly looking for fresh subjects and inspiration, recently he has been moving toward abstraction and expanding into mixed media; both are entirely new areas for him.

Summer gallery hours are Thursday 5-8pm, Fridays & Saturdays from 11-3pm and by appointment.

Open to the public.

Contact Frank Juarez at 920.559.7181 or for further information about this exhibition or inquiries about the artists’ work.