Exhibit opens this week at University Y

Exhibit opens this week at University Y

CHAMPAIGN — The exhibition "Invisible Fences," featuring new works by Maria Lux, will open Thursday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Murphy Gallery at the University Y, 1001 S. Wright St., C.

In it, Lux explores what dogs have to do with the borders humans create and maintain.

"Dogs activate these borders," she said. "We find them, always at the edges — at the margins of cities, in battle zones, in airports detecting invader species, along the fence patrolling for undocumented immigrants, even at the crossing of adolescence to adulthood.

"Yet though dogs participate in making borders, they do not conform to them. In their flexibility, dogs resist categorization and are instead both artificial and organic, tool and companion, technology and being, property and hero."

Lux used a variety of materials to create the pieces, which include collages. She received her master's of fine arts degree in studio art from the University of Illinois and her bachelor's of fine arts degree with honors and distinctions from Iowa State University.

"Invisible Fences" will be on view from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays through April 6 and is part of the University YMCA's Art @ the Y initiative.


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