Swimming and Diving: Maria Chavez and Eli Craven

Maria Chavez, Eli Craven Exhibition

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 30th, 2018 5-7pm
Visual Arts Center – Gallery One (Liberal Arts Building 170)
Exhibition continues through October 29th, 2018
Gallery hours: M-Th 10am-5pm Fr 10am-2pm

The project “Swimming and Diving” by Maria Chavez and Eli Craven started with the discovery of a set of American Red Cross safety manuals. From a contemporary point of view, the contents of the manuals contained narrow representations of life-safety. Questions regarding the use of the instructions and imagery followed; if removed from their original context, in what ways could they be reinterpreted? This idea became the impetus for an installation centered on precaution, rescue, and human value. The installation confronts the subject matter in the manuals while exploring the physical relationship between the image and the object, movement and containment, and how a safety manual can be experienced in a physical space.

The installation work of Eli Craven and Maria Chavez comes from the interdisciplinary overlap of architecture and the visual arts. Their collaborations search for new meaning through the reinterpretation of conventional ideas.