2015 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition
April 24 - May 10, 2015
- Colin Bauman '15; Adam Brinson '15; Julia Cropper '15; Samuel Donnorummo '15; Jessica Friesen '15; Melissa Hackett '15; Morgan Hughes '15; Min Sung Kim '15; Grace Lawton '15; Gabrielle Morrison '15; Bjorn Olsen '15; Aniecia Patridge '15; Lauren Perrino '15; Young Jae Shin '15
Walter Zurko: Looking up . . . to look down
April 7 - May 10, 2015
Burton D. Morgan Gallery
- Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Gallery talk by Walter Zurko at 7:00 p.m.
Walter Zurko's new sculptures riff on the ideas behind Chinese scholar rocks. These carefully selected limestone fragments or roots first appeared in the Chinese scholar's studio during the Song Dynasty (CE 960–1279), and functioned as objects for contemplation by encouraging the scholar to "look up" at the big picture—nature. Similarly, Zurko's sculptural rephrasing resembles mountains and other natural geological phenomena. However, unlike traditional scholar stones, his are constructed from man made and often cheaply manufactured products such as Oriented Strand Board (OSB), plywood, and cardboard. By "looking down" and returning what is often considered visually unappealing substrates and packing materials to the ideal of the natural world, Zurko inverts assumptions about what defines the contemporary scholar.