The Student Union was a buzz April 1 as the university settled back into the swing of things. As part of the festivities, the art gallery opened its doors to the First Friday art walk with a reception and invited viewers into the 3-Dimensional Student Invitational. The collection of 27 sculptures posted on walls and placed on pedestals created a bright banquet of color and texture. Earthen pieces intermixed with vibrant glazes create a modern collection with both practical uses and visual interest. The viewer is first drawn into the gallery by a curvy modern glass sculpture with fluorescent green, pink and yellow hanging in the middle, a piece by John Prentice.
A sculpture that stands out for its island colors is Lisa Crowley’s glazed “Vessel #2.” This jug has a tropical theme with designs of color inside thick black lines against a background of milky white. Gazing from behind patches of color is a mystical black creature with a peering eye. This interesting addition brings a comical and relaxed look to the design. The inside of the jug is a rich reddish-brown.
Micha Sanders contributed two sets of oil and vinegar canters sculpted from clay. They have a modern and earthy look. Making up the lower part are three cylinders stacked on top of each other. The cylindrical look is finished off with a long tube-like spout. Adding to the earthen character are gentle colors. One set is painted in a robin’s egg blue that allows the clay to show through giving it an antiquated look. The other set is painted in an off-white glaze and speckled with gray giving it a rock-like texture.
Some interesting pieces in this gallery include an interactive sculpture of a luminescent pea green cube that invites the viewer to look into a peephole and press a button for light. A touch of absurdist humor or perhaps social critique can be found in Enzina Marrari’s “\Bell”Jar’\” puppet sculpture. Within the glass bell jar, a wooden puppet hung with red strings sits upon a velvet armchair. The puppet can be controlled from outside the bell jar. Each piece in this colorful collection was done by senior level UAA art students.
The 3-Dimensional gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit will be open until April 7.