Oct. 30, 2017

Focus on Sculpture Finale

What do a s’more, a catapult, cement and plastic dinosaurs have in common?

Not much, that’s why it is called abstract art.
The Galleries at Cleveland State University recently featured four one person exhibits titled Focus on Sculpture. The galleries hosted these sculptures Sept. 1- Sept. 14.

The North Gallery featured the collection known as The Beauty of Losing and Forgetting by Jim leach. This gallery was dominated by a large catapult and complimented by a s’more atop of a snow sled.

The Center Gallery held the abstract works known as Harmonic Cycles: Frescoes and Altar Atones. This series included a variety of wall mounted sculptures alongside one another.

In the South Gallery was the work of the artist known as Elizabeth Emery known as Push Right Back. This was comprised of combination sculptures of a variety of materials.

Elena Harvey’s work of Final Boss was a film shown in the Media Room of The Galleries near the South Gallery. This video used vivid imagery of sculptures and live shots and, drawing on the experience of motherhood, explores some new topics surrounding technology and children.

Included in the video were topics such as the gender fluidity of video game characters, and open-world games like Minecraft to explore the role of technology in structuring children's identity as described by The Galleries at CSU.

All four artists are considered sculptures and use physical objects to tell a story. While the art is abstract, the aligning information sheets allow for a seamless transition from the South Gallery to North Gallery.

The words written regarding the sculptures and the information shared in the video told stories of bigger issues surrounding the city and country.


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