By Tyler Scott
The faculty art exhibit in Maloney Hall kicked off Thursday afternoon with crowds of people filling the second floor gallery.
The myriad of different works on display were accompanied by talks from artists Terry Feder, Ron Todd, and Charles Menoche.
The variety of pieces featured in the exhibition encompassed the diversity of visual arts. Those who attended the opening reception that took place 4-7 p.m., orbited around sculptures in the room and pictures on the wall.
There was a feeling of “randomness” due to the lack of a prevailing theme. Political works were juxtaposed with portraits and landscapes, which did not seem to bother the equally ecliptic students and teachers observing them.
Terry Feder had 3 works on display; ‘Flowers’, ‘Candy’, and ‘Birds’. She went into detail explaining her piece, ‘Birds.’ Made with oil paint on a canvas wrapped in aluminium, the painting featured a metal pitcher with red and green birds flowing out. The piece expressed how nature cannot be contained by modern technology.
“Writing teachers tell us to write about what we know and love, I believe it should be the same for visual arts,” said Feder.
Ron Todd and Charles Menoche presented their project, ‘ANT,’ a 3 minute video loop of a swarming ant colony in the desert with a surreal, ambient audio component. The artists explained the tedious, and sometimes dangerous, means by which they filmed the colony. They related the hazards of working with the ants and encounters with scorpions.
The audio track played behind it provided an anxious tone to the video. Menoche went into detail about the different audio programs he used to synthesize the track. Todd told the audience process of selecting the various sounds they used. The artist team incorporated more synthetic sounds to acquire the eerie tone and rejected a lot of organic sounds. When put together with the video, the sound provided a sense of motion that blended with the video zooming in and out on the bustling colony of ants.
Other works on display included a huge piece by Mark Stapthy, called ‘Berlin Turnpike 1848.’ The wide picture, crafted from distemper on paper, added a localised touch to the mix of art.
Adam Niklewicz contributed a rotating sculpture constructed from the remains of a chicken soup. Niklewicz arranged the chicken bones into a sculpture that balanced on an overturned glass pot top.
In the center of the gallery, Vincente Garcia’s ‘Steel Disk’ sculpture stood. The intricate metal work filled the room nicely, as people circled it to move about the gallery.
The artwork will be on display through Oct 11, 1-4 p.m. Monday- Friday. Anyone can stop by the second floor of Maloney Hall to experience the diversity of modern art and the incredible talent of the faculty that run CCSU’s Art Department.