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Photographs by Polish artist Andrzej Maciejewski on display at Slocumb

Photo by Andrzej Maciejewski

JOHNSON CITY (Oct. 4, 2013) – “Garden of Eden,” a collection of photographs by Polish artist Andrzej Maciejewski, is on display at East Tennessee State University’s Slocumb Galleries through Oct. 18.

A reception will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 5-7 p.m. at Slocumb Galleries, highlighted by a discussion on “Food for Thought: Sustaining the Global Food System” by students in the “Senior Foodservice Administration” class taught by Dr. Michelle Johnson, an assistant professor in the ETSU Department of Allied Health Sciences.

In addition, Dr. Peter Pawlowicz, an associate professor in the ETSU Department of Art and Design, will discuss “Still Life in Art History” in the “ARTiFACT” lecture series on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. at Slocumb Galleries.

The exhibition features 24 color still life photographs that resemble the paintings of the old masters, but show modern fruits and vegetables from supermarkets, with label stickers and plastic packaging.  The titles of the works consist of the PLU numbers and the names of countries of origin of the products shown.

“Our society,” Maciejewski says, “created (a) naïve approach to … nature, glorifying its fertility and opulence, in the same time our civilization harnessed and enslaved it.  The 21st century society has created (a) new ‘Garden of Eden,’ where everything looks perfect and flawless.  But many things, like the taste, the singularity and often even the humanity, have been lost during the process.  My intention was to inspire a discussion on our relationship with the nature and the direction of our civilization.”

The “Garden of Eden” project, supported by an Ontario Arts Council grant, was completed in 2011 and is now on a world tour, with visits scheduled throughout North America and Europe.

Hours for Slocumb Galleries, located in Ball Hall, are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, with extended hours for receptions and scheduled tours.  All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, Slocumb Galleries director, at (423) 483-3179 or .   For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.