MISSOULA – A new exhibit of large-scale, three-dimensional drawings and installations using nontraditional materials and digital media will be featured at the University of Montana Gallery of Visual Arts. “Phobic,” by Denver
artist Sarah Rockett, will be on display Feb. 6-March 5 in the gallery, located on the first floor of the Social Science Building.
The artist will present a lecture on her work, sponsored by the UM School of Art Jim and Jane Dew Visiting Artist Fund, at 5:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in Social Science Building Room 356. A reception for the artist will follow the lecture from 6 to 7 p.m. in the gallery. All events and the exhibition are free and open to the public.
“Phobic” explores how fear operates within the relationships between the individual, the collective and others in American culture. The artist states that “fear is perpetuated by routine social interactions that purposely devise invisible barriers, segregating individuals from unknown people, places and situations.”
Rockett’s multimedia approach to her work can best be characterized as drawings in space that are heavily invested in the formal elements of line and mark making. Both figurative and abstract forms are created with benign, everyday materials such as wire, hot glue, plastic sheeting, tubes and insulation foam. The juxtaposition of menacing textures along with common materials prompts the viewer to re-examine the validity of fear.
In addition to her exhibit in the Gallery of Visual Arts, the artist will be working with students in the School of Art Student Gallery, located on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building, to create a collaborative installation. Rockett earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, and currently is an adjunct instructor at Metropolitan State University of Denver and Front Range Community College in Westminster, Colo.
The Gallery of Visual Arts is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and Mondays are available by appointment only. More information about the UM School of Art and the gallery is available online at http://www.umt.edu/art.
Rockett01: Stranger Danger, (detail), 2012, latex, wire, hot glue, candle gel, glass jars, dimensions variable.
Rockett02: Creature Feature, (detail), 2013, wire, plastic, hot glue, dimensions variable.