The faculty art exhibition saw many attendees observe creativity.
There are many talented minds within the faculty of Los Medanos and to showcase their creativity, a faculty art exhibition called Roll Call Exhibition is held. Gallery Director Carol Ladewig has collected many amazing works created by LMC staff and wants to inspire students with their artwork. The first screening took place on September 15 and even took place online for those unable to make it in person.
It was a resounding success and many students came to see their teacher’s creativity showcased, such as LMC student Dakota Rushing, who came when the show opened at 4:30 p.m. Her original reason for coming was for an extra credit assignment, but soon found herself staying the full term looking at all the artwork. She came across Justin Nogarr’s “Phoenix in the Box” and considered it her favorite of all the tracks.
“I thought that one was really cool,” Rushing said. “It felt like a medium that I hadn’t really seen or worked with much before, so I thought it was really interesting.”
Many other impressive works of art have been exhibited besides this one, such as paintings and sets of photographs. Many people present may not have noticed a work of art. Placed in the middle of a pillar and surrounded by other works was a piece by Jeremy Throne entitled “Joy”.
“It has the honor of being the smallest work on this show,” Ladewig said.
There were also many other notable works of art available at the show, such as Clint Sides’ “The Gollum Table” which was an incredible wood carving of a tree that Sides plans to use as a table after the show and a beautiful set of photographs taken by John Schall. Among the other sculptures was a ceramic sculpture titled “Wolf Mask” which was a piece that featured a realistic wolf head on the wall. It was a favorite for Iris Arianda Lopez-Montano who loves wolves, but one sculpture that made her skin crawl was the sculpture set titled “spider caves” by Lucy Snow.
Snow got the inspiration to create this piece while observing the spiders around her. She wanted to give the spiders context, so she created a cave setting and replicated the texture of the cave walls by pressing clay into the floor to give it a more natural look.
“You could get the same texture by using a rock and pressing on it,” Snow said. “But humans can see repeating patterns, so this was a unique solution.”
The sculptures were created in four different parts, three of which were mounted on the wall and one of the sculptures even featured a spider hanging from a web, which caught the attention of many attendees. Installing them proved a challenge for Ladewig who didn’t want to damage the parts and needed Snow to help install them.
“I didn’t want to mess them up and didn’t quite understand how they come up,” Ladewig said. “[Lucy Snow] walked in and we talked and figured out where I wanted them to go and she did.
When the exhibition had a significant number of people, Ladewig called all the attendees together and started the segment of the exhibition where the artists talked about their process when creating their artwork and answered questions from the audience. It was a great way to hear the creative process behind these artworks and what kind of mindset the artists had when creating their work.
If you missed this exhibition, don’t worry because Ladewig has other exhibitions planned. Two shows are planned for this semester, one of them being a student art showcase. If this exhibition succeeded in giving you that burst of inspiration that you have been missing, consider submitting your art for the upcoming Student Art Exhibition as LMC would love to see what you have to offer! Submissions for this student exhibit will open later in the fall semester with the student art exhibit opening in time for spring.