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"Something Means Something Else" by Tamara Gayer installed in the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity. Photo: Amir Aghareb
"Something Means Something Else" by Tamara Gayer installed in the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity. Photo: Amir Aghareb

Tamara Gayer | Something Means Something Else 

Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, HUB-Robeson Center

Tamara Gayer  is known for her colorful, large-scale installations and public projects. She frequently uses pattern, text, and bright colors to communicate the histories of the sites she works in. Gayer’s collaboration with the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity  (formerly LGBTQA Student Resource Center) explores color and language as seen from the perspective of queer experience. The three-part mural employs the many faces of abstraction (pattern, color, symbol, light) to present the intricacies of the current moment in sexual and gender identity. Taking the contemporary abundance of gender symbols and the overlapping color schemes of numerous pride flags alongside a line from June Jordan’s “Poem for South African Women” as its starting point Something Means Something Else weaves itself into and around the Center and its surroundings. 

Installation view of ‘Small Planet’ by Katherine Mann on the ground floor of the HUB-Robeson Center. Photo: Amir Aghareb
'Small Planet' by Katherine Mann installed on the ground floor of the HUB-Robeson Center.

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann | Small Planet

Installed January 2020 | HUB Ground Floor

HUB-Robeson Center has commissioned a site-specific wall painting located in the first-floor eateries by artist Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann. Titled, Small Planet, the walls of the HUB Robeson site are taken over by lush, floating vegetation. The piece was created on location by combining pour painting on vinyl, wallpaper, and Yupo paper with delicate mural painting directly on the wall. The combination of stain-like, gestural pours and controlled drawings of flora endemic to Pennsylvania create an incongruous, vibrant porthole into what appears to be another planet--but a planet created through documentation of vegetation that are often considered to be local weeds. The piece extends along corners and into adjacent walls, furthering the sense of a fantastic, immersive other world created through accumulation of the most mundane ingredients.

Campus Arts Initiative

The Campus Arts Initiative is funded by Penn State’s Strategic Planning Seed Grant program, which funds projects that further the university’s goals for impact and engagement. Campus Arts is closely linked to the strategic plan’s thematic priority of advancing the arts and humanities.

Campus Arts is in the process of commissioning eight site-specific visual artworks for high-impact locations across the Commonwealth Campuses between 2019-2020. University partners were selected from an open call for applications advertised to Penn State students, faculty, staff, departments, and units throughout the commonwealth. Following a nationally advertised call for artists, artists were selected by a jury of partner collaborators and ­­­arts professionals both external and internal to the university, and each partner was matched with an artist or artist team based on mutual interest and compatibility.

View all projects on the Campus Arts website