Faculty art exhibited in a biennial exhibition

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Drawing on a tradition that has existed for decades at the University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History, the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art welcomes the Faculty Biennialwhich features paintings, digital art and sculptures.

The exhibit houses the work of 13 UA faculty members, including Craig Wedderspoon, who, due to the nature of his work in large public sculptures, has been unable to participate in the exhibit for many years. years. Some of his previous projects include two sculptures in Woods Quad and the Park Timeline at Manderson Landing.

This year, however, the exhibition features Wedderspoon’s work in the form of what he calls “a very sculptural bench.”

“My mom is a master quilter, so I’ve always loved quilts. And so I started casting aluminum quilt patterns and welding them and making benches and things like that,” he said.

Jason Guynes is an art professor and head of the Department of Art and Art History. His featured drawings are sketches of realistic geographical locations blending with human anatomy.

Guynes’ work is strongly influenced by his travels to Spain, where he hosted a study abroad program focused on art and architecture.

“Spain was one of the first countries I traveled to abroad. I love Spanish art and culture. There’s a sense of magical realism about it,” he said. -he declares.

This idea of ​​magical realism, where a mystical element is added to an otherwise ordinary scene, is evident in his works exhibited at the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art.

“They basically start on a building, but you’ll also find that I draw the landscape and the objects that are sitting on the group next to me or that I see nearby. And then I open up the buildings and inside there are human organs,” he said.

Vicki Rial, Exhibitions Coordinator for the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, said this faculty exhibition is one of the best she has seen in her 25 years working with the gallery.

“I think it’s a very good collection of work from our faculty. They brought some of their best work,” she said.

When the gallery is not hosting its biennial faculty exhibition, it offers exhibits that change several times throughout the year.

“We are a contemporary art space. We show regional art and international artists. Sometimes we show graduate student art, so it varies a lot,” Rial said. “Next year we are lining up national and international artists.”

Until Friday March 11, the gallery will continue to house the faculty exhibition, which has already been attracting interest since its opening on Thursday February 3.

Rial told Wedderspoon that people were interested in his article, he said.

“She told me the other day that people were really happy to sit on my bench. When you turn the corner and the bench is there, they think they’re broken, sitting on a work of art. But it’s a bench. You can sit on it,” Wedderspoon said.

Unlike Wedderspoon’s art, which in its public quality is conducive to physical and spontaneous interactions, Guynes hopes his work will allow viewers to see beyond their immediate surroundings.

“One of the things I love most about art is when it becomes somewhat transcendent. So that’s what my pieces are about, a way to transcend the actual place and to understand its meaning,” said Guynes.

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