Most people have marveled at Michelangelo’s chiseled “David” and have been awed by da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” but have you ever wondered what the experience was like for Mr. David or Ms. Lisa — the people standing there as still as can be while the maker worked his magic? That’s the idea behind “The Subject as the Subject” event at New Albany’s Carnegie Center for Art and History on Thursday.
The gallery currently is exhibiting “David Iacovazzi-Pau: Paintings and Works on Paper” by the Luxembourg-born artist, whose studies have taken him to Indiana University Southeast. As a portrait artist, Iacovazzi-Pau is tedious with his craft, often drawing and painting multiple versions of a subject. One recent model has been fashion designer and “Project Runway” star Gunnar Deatherage, whose portrait is part of the exhibit.
Deatherage will be part of “The Subject as the Subject” event, which features a signing by Iacovazzi-Pau followed by an interview with Deatherage by curator Daniel Pfalzgraf. They’ll examine the role of the model from both the artist’s and model’s viewpoint. Is it boring? Titillating? Exhausting? Embarrassing? The exploration into the experience should be interesting since Deatherage himself is versed in the arts.
“All the subjects in this series of paintings are people who are rooted within our local cultural community, so many of them will be recognizable to our visitors,” explains Pfalzgraf about Iacovazzi-Pau’s exhibit. “I have a feeling, though, that even if you didn’t know the subjects personally before the show, you will still leave here with a deeper understanding of the kind of people they truly are.”
“The Subject as the Subject” will be held Thursday, Aug. 13, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Center, 201 E. Spring St. in New Albany. Admission is free, but registration is required (call 812-944-7336). Iacovazzi-Pau’s “Paintings on Canvas and Paper” continues through Sept. 26.