Wilmington College faculty member Jeff Hazelden will feature an exhibit of his social commentary photography as the next show at Harcum Art Gallery, Jan. 19 through March 3.
An opening reception for the artist is planned for Jan. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited free of charge and refreshments will be served. Normal gallery hours are weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by special appointment coordinated by Hal Shunk, gallery curator and professor of art.
Hazelden, as assistant professor of communication arts since 2021, has titled his show, “Some Patterns Repeating on Their Own Forever.” He is a visual artist who has exhibited work in the United States and internationally. His practice utilizes the internet, digital image, performance and installation. Since 2015, he has created work that examines and condemns war crimes and human rights violations committed by the United States government, private contractors and corporations.
“Some Patterns Repeating Their Own Forever” is a body of work made in collaboration with musician and producer Adam Rogers. Hazelden stated. that imperialism is the “greatest ideological struggle of our time.” The exhibition acknowledges the violent acts of U.S. imperialism and interventionism.
“The artworks reference verified cases of war crimes carried out in the name of the American people,” he said, noting that torture is happening and the line between combatant and civilian is increasingly lost. “The work is critical of the government officials and collaborators responsible for calculated and incomprehensible cruelty, and the vague, amorphous language of justification.”
An accompanying short film, “Some Patterns Repeating Their Own Forever,” which includes images from his gallery exhibit, will premiere earlier that day, at 4:30 p.m., in Room 149 of the Center for the Sciences and Agriculture with a question/answer period to follow. The screening is the latest program in the WC faculty-led Dormant Researchers Society series.