The 2012 Artist Invitational, an exhibition at Fresno State spotlighting four visual artists’ depictions of obsessive or repetitive processes, runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Feb. 10 at the Phebe Conley Gallery in the Conley Art Building.

On exhibit are works by:

  • Kirkman Amyx of San Francisco – digital media and photography
  • Richard Bruland, a native of Peru now living in Los Angeles – paintings
  • Roger Lee of Los Angeles – ceramics
  • Hadieh Shafie, an Iranian-born artist who lives in Baltimore – scrolled paper

At 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, the artists will lecture on their work at the Conley Art Building, Room 101, followed by a reception at 5 p.m.

Fresno State Art professor Nick Potter, an organizer of the exhibition, said students benefit by close contact with the exhibiting artists — a diverse group who spend hours working repetitively “to create astoundingly interesting work.”

“A thread that combines the works of all these artists is the interweaving of concepts of time, repetition and obsessive art practices into the finished works,” Potter said.

Amyx’s recent work, “Basic Cable,” uses 500,000 images to represent 69 basic cable television channels.

Bruland’s traditional painting suggests how landscape is affected by nature and other worldly elements.

Lee’s ceramic work repeats folds and bulbous objects to replicate the sensual relationship between the object and the body.

Paper scroll artist Shafie’s time-consuming art involves adding Farsi-inscribed trips to create individual rolls that both reveal and hide text and symbols,

For more information, contact Potter at

(Copy by University Communications news intern Nicole Maul.)

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