KABOOM event showcases talent
“I have done something very different than I usually do…the new thing for me is this kind of sort of prettier… I have always been afraid to make pretty things. Cus’ you know it’s not often taken seriously,” Professor Scott Glushin said in reflection on how his pictures got him out of his artistic comfort zone. The faculty of the Arts department met several months ago to discuss the theme of their Fall semester art exhibit. Lynn Simmons introduced the exhibit stating that the objective was for the professors to “Do some kind of practice we haven’t done before for each of us. That has manifested its self as 2D, 3D and Asian brush painting.” The name of the exhibit originated when Professor Lynn Simmons was recommended to use KABOOMtm a copper tub cleaner; “It just stuck in my head” said Simmons.
The exhibit was on display all though out Tuesday Oct. 18 in the Emmanuel d’Alzon Library and will be up until November 23. Each of the pieces exemplifies that as much as students go out of their comfort zones to create art work for class; likewise, the professor would do the same. The numerous pieces of art on display were recyclable, neolithic and cultural. Professor Kate Egnaczak, who teaches graphic design, explored the subject of waste; she cut old t-shirts into the shapes of each county of Massachusetts. After stitching them together she used candles and lip gloss, with homemade beet dye to depict food deserts, spaces where fresh food in hard to come by, across Massachusetts. In Worcester, Webster Square and Great Brook Valley are food deserts.
Professor Tyler Vance, when asked to participate in KABOOM decided to try his hand at sculptures, “I used this opportunity to explore sculpture which I haven’t done since grad school… for a while I have wanted to go back to it,” Vance said in his opening remark. He used poly styrene, styrofoam as his core element and inserted old trumpets into the structure. Vance used salt and vinegar, in addition to Assumption Colleges chemistry lab, to age the metal trumpets. As for the textual aspect of his sculpture he used pumice grounds and cement patched to give his sculpture the realist feeling of stone. To make it visually realistic Vance used acrylic paints. “The idea is that… I like mashing up of different time periods… neolithic and industrial …the jocular name I had for a while was Neolithic Speakers. They are supposed to be like ancient sound devises,” said Vance.
One of the most cultural pieces was Simmons piece titled “Practice”. It consists of four Japanese characters, light, happiness, longevity and eternity. “A colleague of mine… approached me in May and asked if I would give her sculpture lessons and she said she would pay me I said, ‘Don’t be ridiculous! You’re not going to pay me, please teach me some Asian brush painting.” Simmons has always loved Japanese culture and has always wanted to get back into drawing after several years of graphic design. For months, she has been working on her technique and learning different brush strokes to complete her piece.
Amber, a student in professor Nixon’s Advanced Workshop, “thought Kaboom was a great way to show students that being open to new ways of making art is an integral part of being an artist.” Each of the professors have been planning and thinking about how they could step out of there comfort zone and make new art.
Celia Smith, who is a Studio Art and Psychology major commented, “I always like seeing my professors' work because I feel like we don't really get to see their actual art in class because their demos are always pretty fast.” Each of these pieces speak volumes of the talent that each of the professors have and want to impart on their students. In the Fall and Spring semesters, any student who is taking an art course will be able to follow in the footsteps of KABOOM and submit a piece of their work for an Art Exhibit that will show case the artistic talent and spectrum of Assumption college