Gallery Exhibit Features Student Works
Works by current Augustana students are on exhibit at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery through August 27.
Contributing artists are Regina Brunz (Sioux Falls), Brit Gaster (Sioux Falls), Kayla Hathaway (Sioux Falls), Allison Henke (Luverne, MN), Alexandra Hurney (Brandon, SD), Sarah Karlstad (Tea, SD), Alicia McCline (Sioux City, IA), Megan Siegle (Carver, MN), Lori Witte (Luverne, MN), and Sarah Zobrist (Brandon, SD). Many of the works are for sale.
Among the pieces is Post-Mortem Passage by Sarah Zobrist (shown right). In the artist statement she writes: “I was inspired to do something skeletal by studying the human skeleton in drawing class. I was trying to think of some interesting animal skeletons, as well as human bones. I considered doing the human hand, until I ran across some photographs of fish skeletons and had my inspiration. Their backs are extremely curvaceous, and long. After sketching, I decided the structure would make an excellent bridge. My initial attempt was to have an extremely accurate rendering of a walleye skeleton. For the sake of economy, I decided to use the more cartoon, stereotypical fish bone concept. From there I formed the backbone, the spines, and the head, trying to make it look realistic, still.
The idea was for it to be a walking and biking bridge. I let the size of the passage become very thin, and most importantly- smooth. For one, fish are very smooth, and I wanted the spines to add dominance to the experience. Secondly, I needed the bridge to be wheelchair accessible. My grandma is in a wheelchair, and I love spending time with her. Sometimes we can’t go places, because they have too many steps for her prosthetics to conquer. This in mind, smoothness is brought to the curving backbone.
Overall, I feel that the direction of the bridge draws you foreword through the piece, I believe there is enough repetition in the bone shapes and decoration to add a sense of harmony to an otherwise absurd dead fish bridge. I like to imagine little people walking across it, maybe resting their hands on the fish spines and looking over the edge down into the water. I also imagine wheeling my grandma speedily over the undulating surface.”
The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is located in the Center for Visual Arts on the campus of Augustana College.
Upcoming exhibitions include:
Ceramics from the Collection of Todd Thelen, September 8-October 2, 2010. Augustana alumnus Todd Thelen shares a selection from his collection of more than 1,500 works. A galley reception is scheduled from 5:00-7:00 p.m. September 10.
Augustana Art: Then and Now, October 7-November 6, 2010. In celebration of the College’s 150th anniversary, alumni artists will exhibit samples of artwork from their student days and their current works. A joint exhibition will be on view at the Center for Western Studies. A gallery reception is scheduled from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on October 7.
Oracles & Divination, Segue to the Supernatural, November 18-December 11, 2010. An ethnographic exhibit featuring African masks and sculpture that join the world of the Spirits with the world of the Profane. A gallery reception is scheduled from 5:00-7:00 p.m. November 19.
Dr. Lindsay Twa
Assistant Professor, Art; Director of Eide/Dalrymple Gallery