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‘Code Number Safe [Un]Safe’ exhibition now open

Numbers and numeric identifiers are used to describe narratives through sculpture, painting and more

Hicks Art Center Gallery at Bucks County Community College is presenting a group exhibition of new and historic artworks featuring U.S.- and internationally-based artists. Code Number Safe [Un]Safe is on view through Saturday, March 4.

The exhibition features sculpture, painting, drawing, collage, assemblage, photography and video works by: Miriam Carpenter, Paul W. Evans, Helen Rebekah Garber, Hand Drawn Map Association (Kris Harzinski), Daniel Healey, Edward Ellis Hughes (courtesy of The Petrucci Family Foundation), Barbara Martin, Kathleen McSherry, Neal Pressley, Lorna Simpson (courtesy of The Petrucci Family Foundation), and Steina and Woody Vasulka (courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix).

The premise of Code Number Safe [Un]Safe is built around the concept of numbers and numeric systems holding values for safety and stability or on the contrary — impermanence and oppression. The cohort of artists participating in the exhibition use numbers and numeric identifiers to describe personal, process and historical narratives through sculpture, painting, collage or visual diagrams/images that symbolize spaces for realized wellbeing or vessels of conflict.

Free exhibition programming is open to the public and includes:

– Feb. 2, at 2 p.m.: Garber presents an Artist Talk in the Zlock Performing Arts Center at Bucks County Community College. Garber will speak about her journey as a nurse practitioner and artist and how they intersect on her canvases through numerical patterns. Following her talk, the exhibition’s opening reception will be held in the Hicks Art Center from 4 to 6 p.m.
– Feb. 7, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Harzinski, artist, director and founder of The Hand Drawn Map Association, presents a map-making workshop in the Hicks Art Center room H100. Materials and supplies will be provided.

Gallery hours throughout the exhibition are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. The Hicks Art Center Gallery is located at 275 Swamp Road, Newtown. Visit hicksgallery.bucks.edu for more information.

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