December 7, 2009

"I Think I See What You Mean By That" Exhibits Work of Young Sculptors

sculpture.jpegSonoma State University Library Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of 10 sculptural installations by emerging Sonoma County sculptors, "I Think I See What You Mean by That." The show runs from Nov. 19, 2009 through Jan 10, 2010. The gallery is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday- Friday, and noon- 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

This fall 10 talented young sculptors, under the direction of Professor Jann Nunn, explore the art of alchemy and its relationship to the development of their work.

On display are works constructed of natural and synthetic materials that the artists have manipulated or otherwise transformed into provocative, fanciful, disturbing, or maddening installation pieces.

Each piece in the exhibition varies greatly in the use of materials, concepts, and technique just as each artist differs in personality and approach to their own studio practice.

Nick Harris, (above), in an ongoing series of works dealing with tough social issues displays a gritty work addressing mob mentality, directly referencing disturbing recent incidents of brutal attacks.

Diana Meehan explores water transportation devices and water use and abuse in her materially based installation.

Greg Looney
uses dog fur and sound elements in his sculpture while Missy Engelhardt addresses the menacing nature of the ubiquitous plastic shopping bag and its deleterious affect on nature.

Kyle Alexander explores how everyday technology is changing our lives. Dan Humke's work delves into phenomenology. Kristin Palmer fabricates a serene interior space made of grapevines.

Arianna Vespe fabricates ethereal shapes that have a disappearing effect, made from hot glue. Chris Collette unearths "modern artifacts" while Rodney De Bois tackles the difficult, and personal, subject of the use of IEDs (improvised explosive devices) used in war-torn areas of the world such as Iraq.

Jean Wasp
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