Kat Kulke ‘13 Explores Student Art Displays
While Milton’s Nesto Gallery boasts a number of professional art exhibits each year, the Milton campus is a gallery in and of itself. Student artwork displays, from the photo exhibits in the English wing to the sculptures in the lobby of Kellner, showcase student talent and add vibrancy to our campus. An artists’ work is his or her voice; the Milton campus should resound with the voices of its students.
Two large 3D Studio-Art sculptures are currently on display on the lower floor of the Kellner Performing Arts Center. The more eye-grabbing of the two is composed entirely of rings of silver and gold sheet metal, giving the sculpture an industrial quality. Yet the arrangement of the rings is organic, flower-like. The sculptor catches and our attention with a piece that is at once harsh and delicate. The second sculpture is fiercely geometric. Short beams of wood build on each other at sharp angles, forming a zig-zagging tower. The piece, as tall as its viewer, feels mathematical in its precision.
A variety of paintings in the Art and Media center showcasecreativity and technique: on one canvas, sepia tones reveal the nude body of a haloed woman, arms stretched above her, head tilted towards the sky in rapture. Despite the piece’s limited palate, the energy in the painting is palpable; in fact, the painting’s understated color scheme complements the vibrancy of its subject.
From a distance, a vibrant sculpture in the hallway of the new Art and Media Center appears to be a colorful tree, yet closer viewing reveals that the leaves and upper branches of the “tree” are not leaves at all. In fact, the sculpture is a collection of garbage: caution tape, a diet coke can, crumpled paper and plastic, assembled like foliage. All of the waste is fixed on a black “trunk”. The avant-garde sculpture is not only compelling visually but also encourages interpretation from an environmental standpoint.
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