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Tower Fine Arts displays faculty work

by Courtney Deeren - Copy Editor
Tue, Sep 10th 2019 11:00 pm



 On display in Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery through Oct. 11 is the faculty art exhibit. Featuring a culmination of work by various professors in the art department, the faculty exhibit happens every three years, according to professor Jennifer Hecker. 

Hecker had several pieces of her work on display at the exhibit. Her first work, Scrapbook, which was made of “flameworked glass, welded steel, dyed [Medium-density fibreboard] MDF, sandblasted slate tile, sandblasted plate glass, plaster and found objects,” according to her label. Her second work Ablution was made from “flameworked glass, welded steel, dyed MDF and found objects.” Her third work Water Table #5 was constructed of “flameworked glass, cast iron drain, welded steel, plate glass & plywood.” 

As part of her artist statement Hecker writes, “I’m interested in layers—physical layers and layers of meaning. My work always starts with a recognizable form—a drain, a shelf, a table, a book.” She goes on to explain some of the sculptures. 

“Scrapbook is an accordion book constructed of scrap materials—found objects, glass, wood, metal and other odds and ends left over from previous projects,” Hecker writes. “In a larger sense, these vestiges refer to the passing of time and the desire to preserve the moment.”

“Ablution refers to both the spiritual and physical role of water in cleansing. Water is used in religious rituals of various faiths to purify the spirit, to symbolize new birth, to wash away sin.”

Hecker mentions this is not a requirement for faculty and adds, “We’re just happy to share our work with our students, colleagues and members of the Brockport community.”

Another professor whose work was featured in the exhibit, Kitty Hubbard, worked mostly with lumen prints. lumen prints are a different way of using expired—or new —photo paper to make prints by exposing the paper to sunlight while it is layered with other items. 

Hubbard attended a workshop over the summer on lumen prints at the George Eastman Museum and made her own prints in July to be submitted for the exhibit. 

Hubbard said professors are required to do certain things throughout the year. 

“Whether that’s research or writing or art, we have to do some type of scholarly work,” Hubbard said. 

Senior and teaching assistant for Hubbard’s Photography I class, Michael Latragna found the exhibit “extremely fascinating.” 

“Just being able to see what all the art professors are working on and being able to see how some of their work has evolved,” Latragna wrote. 

He also added that this is beneficial for him as an artist. 

“Creating art and writing statements is a hard process,” Latragna wrote. “Being able to see what my professors are going through to write artist statements themselves as well as seeing the work is helpful. It allows me as well as other art students to understand it is not just difficult for us but even for working professionals who have been in the field a while.” 

Latragna went on to highlight the importance of learning how to write artist statements and present work from these professors. 

“[It] even presents us with different processes and ways of looking at what we experience in life,” Latragna said.

The exhibit is free to anyone who wishes to take a look. Those who walk through will be able to see art in various forms from sculptures to drawings and several other unique finds along with each artist’s statement. Visitors are also encouraged to leave feedback at the desk for artists to review at a later date. 

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