Dordt College News

Behrens to discuss art, design Nov. 3

October 22, 2005

Acclaimed artist, graphic designer, writer and UNI art professor, Roy Behrens, will speak on the topic, “Art, Design and Modern Camouflage” Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dordt College Science Building, Room 101. This presentation is free and open to the public. Behrens

Blending humor, visual effects and fine story-telling, Behrens' presentation explores the connections between science, the humanities, and social sciences that in our time of specialization seem to have grown apart.

“For some time now as an artist, designer, writer, and teacher I have been thinking less strictly of human endeavors as inherently contained within rigid conceptual partitions like art, language, psychology, physics, and so on,” says Behrens, who will illustrate how a wide range of fields are linked by universal form principles such as rhyme, analogy, metaphor, montage, and metamorphosis.

Behrens’ presentations are down to earth and understandable, and those attending will come away with new insight on the relevance of visual perception to art, the function of protective coloring in nature, and how the principles of camouflage are used in print design, paintings, architecture and more.

A show of Roy’s digital work will be exhibited through the month of November in the Classroom Building lobby art gallery (adjacent to the art department offices). This show is also open to the public.

While at Dordt College, Roy and his wife Mary (fiber artist Mary Snyder Behrens) will visit three graphic design classes and the art appreciation class on Friday, November 4. Behrens teaches graphic design, illustration and design history at the University of Northern Iowa. He is also a contributing editor of PRINT magazine; art director of the North American Review; and an editor of Ballast Quarterly Review, a journal devoted to architecture and design.

Behrens has illustrated book jackets, short stories, and poetry of dozens of major American writers, including Joseph Langland, Jerzy Kosinski, Joyce Carol Oates, and Margaret Atwood. He has published several hundred articles and six books, including False Colors: Art, Design, and Modern Camouflage (Bobolink Books, 2002), Cook Book: Gertrude Stein, William Cook and Le Corbusier (2005) and The Man Who Made Distorted Rooms: The Ingenuity of Adelbert Ames II (forthcoming 2006). Behrens is a frequent contributor to Leonardo (MIT Press), has been interviewed and featured on NOVA (PBS), Equinox, Living in Iowa (IPTV) and BBC Radio. Communications Arts magazine calls Behrens “one of the most original thinkers in design.” In 2003 he was nominated for the prestigious National Design Awards, given by the Smithsonian Institution.

For more information about the Nov. 3 lecture at Dordt College, contact the Dordt Art Department at 712-722-6374.

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