The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

William Hannum: Life is Long

William Hannum:  Life is Long
August 2-17
Artist Reception:  Arts Night Out:  Friday, August 9, 5-8 pm

Life is Long is an installation of artist William Hannum’s first cohesive body of work.   The exhibition was inspired by the artist’s own video art piece “Birthday Cake Performance” which was included in A.P.E. Gallery’s summer 2012 show Round Trip. Life is Long explores themes of time, decadence, and the process of aging. The work further explores the juxtapositions of childhood and adulthood, pleasure and melancholy, as well as enjoyment of the movement of time and, conversely, the fear that stems from the passage of time. Hannum’s transformation of the motifs in the installation, such as birthday cakes; beaches; and timepieces, communicate the tensions inherent in these themes.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Materials and sponsorship of the work are also offered by Forest Products Associates of Greenfield, MA.

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