Our best attended reception yet! Around 150 students, faculty, and staff — along with three of the participating artists — turned out last Thursday evening.
Air Loom was based on a commission Carothers completed called Floating Seeds for a new hospital in Owensboro, KY. A nationally juried competition, the Commission of Design and Architecture (COD+A) also designated her installation in the top three national health care commissions in the last three years.
Taking cues from the area’s local ecology and community members Carothers made connections between the hospital’s leading plant-based medical research and the fact that the facility now occupies what was once a farm. Also on the grounds was a WWII airplane hanger and Carothers connected it with the region’s importance as a migration flyway for birds. Acknowledging the theme of hope and healing, coupled with flight and agriculture, Carothers sculpturally addressed the concept of floating seeds, not unlike those one might blow off of a dandelion, and involved the Owensboro community, holding seed collections and archiving written stories over a six month period. By incorporating the inclusive efforts of others Carothers blurs the boundaries of authorship, allowing the work to make a far more genuine connection to the landscape, the people who live upon it and the changing audience that experiences the installation on a daily basis.
Following the reception for the installation on January 20, Carothers gave a lecture on her work in the Black Box Theatre, where she explained her concept for the commission as well as her many community engaged projects.
In November, the founding members of DC based Workingman Collective were on campus to share their experiences with community based art activism and to collaborate with students on a work of art!
At the opening reception, students enjoyed Cooler Shaker, an interactive sculpture that takes to heart the meaning of a handshake and the precious art of face to face interaction. Students lined up to shake the hands of the artists, which was recorded for video component of the piece, a 6-hour loop of collected handshakes in public spaces.
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Sculptor Suzanne Faris developed this installation site-specifically for The Gallery at NOVA-Woodbridge. Faris, an Associate Professor of Sculpture at Colorado State University, has shown work at a number of museums and universities across the globe and her work utilizes spatial contexts to explore the relationship of people to place as affected by memory and individual perception.
The installation accommodates two or more people, with additional participants in “bleacher seating.” Embroidered panels display texts suggesting or implying intimacy. The synthesis of text, sound, corresponding structures, inclusion and positioning of the viewer [as determined by the viewer] and the inability for the space to be private will create a unique dialogue fabricated by the viewer/ voyeur outside of the gallery space and manipulated by the viewer/ participant within the gallery space.
Professor Rosemary Gallick and Provost Sam Hill take a view.
The first Art Faculty exhibition in the new gallery at NOVA-Woodbridge is currently on view until November 16. The artists featured are both adjunct and full-time faculty teaching art and art history at NOVA-Woodbridge, and include: Erin Devine, Rosemary Gallick, Eric Garner, Zac Jackson, Lauren Jacobs, Allison Long, Elizabeth Lynch, Fred Markham, Matt Pinney, and Gail Rebhan. Alongside traditional works of art in painting and photography, professor Erin Devine made a video installation of the From the American Landscape Series as she drove 5,463 miles across America. Professor Zac Jackson Residue created cast plastic resin chair as an analogy for social stress and anxiety. Professor Lauren Jacobs’s Migration of Leaves uses mixed media to relate how material substances coexist in the natural world. In addition to the Gallery, works by faculty are also on exhibit in the Atrium Gallery, located on the Fourth Floor of the Seefeldt Building.
Hours for The Gallery at NOVA-Woodbridge are Tues – Thurs, 11am – 4pm. For more information, contact Erin Devine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Noor Shah – Gallery Attendant
Opening with the new academic building, The Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of works by students and faculty, as well as special exhibitions of emerging and established artists both nationally and internationally. The inaugural exhibition, Cross Culture: Transnational Identity in Recent Video Art, introduces viewers to the gallery’s commitment to the promotion and education of contemporary art that enhances our curriculum and honors the diversity of the students we serve. The exhibition runs August 27 – October 4, with an opening reception Thursday, August 29, 4 – 6pm.
Coinciding with Cross Culture is a public exhibition of video art in collaboration with Renegade Communications and Stone Bridge Town Center, located near campus. Throughout the month of September, 90sec: Brief Works by Emerging Video Artists videos by juried artists from around the country will run on a large outdoor screen, interjected into the existing consumer media space.
Hours for The Gallery at NOVA-Woodbridge are Tues – Fri, 11am – 4pm. For more information, contact Erin Devine at email@example.com.