On February 22, renowned Washington, D.C. artist Anne Bouie came to the Colgan Hall Gallery to talk with students and community members about her exhibition, “Hallowed Ground and Sacred Air.” Bouie talked about the amazing journey that brought her to art and her interest in historical representations of deities, her deep connection to nature and the African-American experience. It was an engaging conversation that answered questions from students and brought a better understanding of Bouie’s inspiration and artwork.
“Community,” a painting started at Joe Gibb’s Youth for Tomorrow County Fair and continued with the help of hundreds of students and faculty at Manassas Campus, is now on display on the second floor of Colgan Hall. The painting utilizes the ideas outlined in Nicolas Bourriaud’s “Relational Aesthetics,” which recognize that all art is a product of our experience, our community and the environment that we live in.
Participants were asked to paint one of the 840 squares with a color that they were wearing at the time in any style they wanted, representing their individual contribution at that precise moment. As the squares are filled in, the painting represents the fabric of the community we live in. Participants represented their own individuality, their adeptness at mixing paint (or lack thereof) and their level of commitment to the project. Squares left unpainted show that not everyone participates in our society and that participation is limited by access as well as interest.
Come check out the painting on the second floor of Colgan Hall.