Thesis exhibitions by three fine arts graduate students will be held Jan. 31-Feb. 14 in the Gallery of Visual Arts at The University of Montana.
The works are by Joshua Eck, Brett Hargesheimer and Suzanne Lussier. An opening reception for their exhibits will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the gallery on the first floor of the Social Science Building. All events and exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Eck’s exhibition of paintings and drawings, “pseudo_op,” offers a theoretical framework or a system model to examine technological processes. The artist transcribes his understanding of these processes and structures into a visual presence. In this body of work, Eck questions our role within this system and our relationship with technology.
In “Color/Shape/Form/Space,” Hargesheimer uses painting with bold color and pattern to reclaim the primacy of the formal elements of visual communication. These works blend a variety of sources and ideas that connect design, craft and fine art. Fundamental importance is placed on composition, color and spatial integration to express the immediacy and streamlined efficiency of communication that people desire as contemporary human beings.
“Galore” by Lussier exhibits animal sculptures – often life-sized – using a variety of media, including paper clay, fiberglass, concrete-based adobe, fabric and other materials. The installation of these objects creates a circus-like environment that serves as a metaphor to narrate her story. Viewers are forced to examine their own relationship to the narrative through a hall of mirrors and are drawn into the exhibit through the lifelike, familiar and yet expressive and dramatic three-dimensional snapshots of her animal forms.
The Gallery of Visual Arts is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. Mondays are available by appointment only.
More information about the UM School of Art is online at http://www.umt.edu/art.