Peter Chanthanakone: Transition Spaces Series 10.3, opens December 3, in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus.
The public is invited to attend an opening reception, December 10, from 4-8 p.m. with a gallery talk by the artist at 5 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through February 27, 2011.
Peter Chanthanakone will exhibit a series of photographs created between 2007-2010
from his expeditions. His travels take him to culturally diverse places with landscapes
that are not only beautiful and majestic, but also filled with human despair.
His photographs consist of a set of two images juxtaposed together to create a dialogue and connection between the viewer and the images. The images focus on the landscape and the people, more specifically the children. Chanthanakone's interest in capturing a moment, place, or thing, isn't just to hold onto a memory, but to show contrast between the two images. He questions how we can have beauty while, at the same time, have poverty and despair.
Peter Chanthanakone has a master's of fine arts degree from Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA (2006) and a bachelor of fine arts degree from McMaster University, Ontario, Canada (2004). He is currently Assistant Professor in the Industrial and Engineering Technology Department at Southeast Missouri State University.
Chanthanakone maintains an active exhibition record of group, juried and invitational exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include Concorto Shortfilm Festival in Pontenure, Spain; Triennial Contemporary Art Oberschwaben at Lake Constance, Germany; AZYL Festival at Bratislava, Slovakia; FILE Retrospective at the Santander Cultural Center, Porto Alegre, Brazil; Our Friends Are Electric at Urban Screens, Melbourne, Australia; Edmonton International Film Festival in Edmonton, Canada; Flip Animation Festival in Wolverhampton, UK; Animatu Festival in Beja, Portugal; and Pixilerations v.4 Media Art Festival in Providence, Rhode Island. He has received numerous awards and commissions for his work including Top Animation at the Niagara Indie Film Festival and the Multimedia Prize at the Avanca Festival in Avanca, Portugal.
The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State
University's River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Museum hours:
Tues.-Fri.: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends: 1-4 p.m. For additional information visit
www.semo.edu/museum/ or call (573) 651-2260.
Chanthanakone's Web site