Life comes to art through “In Character,” a video installation by photographer Joseph Mougel, that will be at Houghton House Small Gallery from Friday, April 3 through Wednesday, April 22. “In Character” incorporates elements of pop culture, communication and identity and features multiple video monitors, each playing a five- to 15 -minute loop of a single character. Each actor epitomizes a unique persona through gestures, clothing, and an inability to stand still. While virtual worlds such as SecondLife inspired the aesthetics of this piece, its relevance pertains to interpersonal relationships throughout society.
“It kind of goes with the whole concept of human interaction,” Mougel said. “I don’t know what prompts someone to laugh. Is it something that society tells them how to present themselves, or is this genuine?”
Mougel earned his B.F.A. in photography from the University of Georgia and his M.F.A. in photography from the University of New Mexico. His first solo exhibition was “Midnight Baker,” at Thacker Hall in Toccoa, Ga., and he has been in a number of group exhibitions, including his juried graduate show at the Jonson Gallery of UNM. There he was one of three award recipients, earning the “Friends of Art” prize.
An artist talk by Mougel will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3 in Houghton House room 112, followed by a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to visit Houghton House and enjoy the show. Houghton House is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.