September is shaping up to be an exciting month for ODU’s resident art galleries. Beginning Sept. 21, the Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries will officially house two new exhibits.
“Kindred Spirits” features the works of 11 tenured art department faculty members side by side with works from the Chrysler Museum of Art while “The Big Story” is dedicated to three artists who are expert story tellers.
Five-year curator of the Baron and Ellin Galleries, Ramona Austin, said the “faculty borrowed pieces from the Chrysler that they felt had some connection with their own work. The pieces are either inspirational to or vibrates with their work.”
Faculty pieces will be set up side by side with their chosen works from the Chrysler to maximize the effect of the connections in the pieces. This will show the relationship between older and newer art as well as the scholarship that the faculty members have achieved. “Kindred Spirits” will remain open until Nov. 17.
“The Big Story” exhibit features the works of three artists, Levent Isik, Ronald Sloan and Derek Webster.
“This is the first time that we have focused in on multiple artists, the artists themselves specifically, for the show… These artists have works that either make us want to create a narrative for them or they are presenting a narrative of some kind,” Austin said.
She also said that the three artists were chosen “primarily for the narrative aspect of their work” but also for “what it evokes in the viewer.”
Pieces from “The Big Story” will make the viewer’s think and explore new worlds created by the artists. Although the three artists are similar in the narrative properties of their work, they are very different in their approaches.
Levent Isik often designs scenes with their own logic and as if they were on a stage. Ronald Sloan makes viewers think about the real message of his dream-like art, and Derek Webster invites you to the world of carnival with his Belize and Africa inspired pieces. “The Big Story” will stay open until Feb. 9, 2014.
Admission to both galleries is free to students and the public.
“At the gallery, [students] will have an opportunity to see quality works of art put together in ways that are provocative for a community like this,” Austin said. “There are lots of ideas. You mind is tickled and it makes you think. That’s hopefully the mission, that one thinks and that you have a pleasurable experience or provocative experience looking at the works of art.”
The Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries is located on Monarch Way and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.
By: Dri Mayfield