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GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design Presents Joseph Asher Hale’s Fathom

September 02, 2014


Maralee Csellar, 202-994-7564, [email protected]
Emily Grebenstein, 202-994-3087, [email protected]

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, September 3, Gallery 31 at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University’s Columbian College will open Joseph Asher Hale: Fathom, a large sculptural installation of an imagined globe that represents the earth 250 million years into the future. For its first exhibition GW is presenting a former Corcoran faculty member

The opening reception will take place Wednesday, September 3rd; from 6-8 p.m. Additionally Mr. Hale will hold a talk, discussing his work, September 3rd, from 5-6 p.m.

Fathom is an imaginative educational cross-section model of the Earth with its future super-continental landmass Pangea Ultima, speculated to form in 250 million years.  “This installation is an extension of my latest work using sculptural models of real and fantastically modified locations to alter the viewer’s sense of place, and blur the boundaries between fact and fiction,” said Hale. “I have been heavily influenced by inaccurate historical maps and clocks from revolutionary era France.”  The name Fathom is employed for its simultaneous meaning as: an anthropometric unit which is the span across two outstretched arms, to imagine or understand something, and to measure a depth of water.  The piece itself has a one-fathom diameter (approximately six feet).

Admission to Joseph Asher Hale: Fathom, is free and open to the public during all regular museum hours. The Corcoran’s hours of operation are as follows: Wednesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday.

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