Something for everyone
The 46th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
In the sculpture department, Justin Van der Mei’s “Impatience,” a ceramic and steel work, features a hollow torso that holds within it a medieval mace (spike and ball), above which floats an angry looking head suspended by a chain—very simple but interesting.
I enjoyed the imaginative prompt in Ian Condon’s “Baggage,” a glass, wood and steel work that, with its old-fashioned vials of strange substances in a wooden rack within a wooden “briefcase,” reminded me of Dr. Jekyll’s overnight kit.
On the 2-D front, I was drawn to “El Toro” by Jason M. Adkins, a phantasmagorical beast that seems to blend influences such as Dalí and Picasso successfully.
I also enjoyed the dramatic energy and powerful style of James R. Eslick’s “Untitled” oil painting. I couldn’t help but be reminded of Van Gogh’s “Wheatfield with Crows,” except here the field has been hit by a tornado and may have caught fire as well.
Then there is Jason Bailey’s “Shamed,” a strangely affecting oil and oil pastel work, depicting a kneeling Buddhist-monk-like figure, with face in hands and blue-green halo about the head. With its almost childlike simplicity, this is an effective piece.
There are many more works than I can mention here, including minimalist metal sculptures, interactive computer exhibits, and some far-out constructions and masks that seem to have a decidedly science fiction feel to them. Check it out.
There will be an awards ceremony on May 11 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in PAC 134 and a special gallery reception, including live band, from 8:00 to 10:00 the same evening.