Icons, New Work by Jim Munn on View at the Erie Art Museum

Erie, PA, June 06, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Now on view at the Erie Art Museum is Icons, new work by Jim Munn in the Museum’s Frame Shop Gallery, 423 State Street, through August 9, 2008. A public reception is scheduled to be held during Gallery Night, Friday, June 13, 2008 from 7-10 p.m.

About the Exhibit
After suffering a sudden cerebral hemorrhage, that sent Munn into a six-month coma, he became extremely focused on his former part-time passion, art. Munn began drawing, but was forced by circumstances to start small, in graphite. Later in his recovery, Munn used his time to further focus on his art while teaching himself how to use a computer, that later would become his artistic inspiration.

Inspired by elements of technology, Munn’s stated goal is to do for computer icons what Warhol did for the soup can. He creates intriguing icons that have been magnified to over 100 times its usual size, transforming the entire image, turning each indistinguishable dot into large heavy imposing blocks; making this icon truly “iconic”. Throwing these icons into a large scale gives them free play as the metaphors that they are.

Fascinated by the idea that inside this small box (the computer) seems to contain whole worlds, he states “Inside the box you can go anywhere.” For Munn, his work is not only a creation of magnified images, but a portrayal of the technological uprising that has become so habitual to the computer users life. Munn believes, when we go inside the box, we step into the unknown.

About the Erie Art Museum
The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie’s cultural and economic revitalization, occupying a group of restored mid-19th century commercial buildings, including an outstanding 1839 Greek Revival Bank. It maintains an ambitious program of 15 to 18 changing exhibitions annually, embracing a wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well at traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 6,000 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

The Museum offers a wide range of education programs and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a wide variety of classes for the community. Performing arts are showcased in the 24-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz festival.

The Erie Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, free on Wednesdays, $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students and $2 for children under 12.

For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, visit online at http://www.erieartmuseum.org/ or call (814) 459-5477.

Erie Art Museum
Tammy Roche