By Bonnie Paresa
Cal Poly Pomona art department faculty are displaying their passions and creative projects to the public at the W. Keith & Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery.
The Art Department Faculty Show returned this year on Nov. 10 with work from 12 full and part-time faculty members. The art focused on graphic design, mixed media and photography.
Throughout different rooms, artistic themes range from the human struggle, the city of Los Angeles and the environment.
Because the event is open to the public, many CPP art students have taken the opportunity to view the works of art. Erin Safreno, a fourth-year graphic design student, visited the exhibit.
“Sometimes, the teachers don’t show us the work that they do,” said Safreno. “It was really cool to see their personal pieces that they do outside of the classroom.”
As part of the environmental theme, Professor Babette Mayor, who teaches graphic design, designed an eco-conscious installation called “Water Bombs.” Using colorful pictures of Vitamin Water bottles and layering them with old prints, she cut them out to resemble bombs streaming downward.
Each bomb is being sold for $50 each. Proceeds will be donated to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, an alliance that aims to eliminate plastic pollution and its harmful effects on the environment.
To go along with the environmental theme, art lecturer Ann Phong used materials such as aluminum soda cans, bottle caps, paint and canvas to transform trash into art.
As faculty members released their passions into their art, Phong also delved into the world of the hybridization between animals and humans. Using clay sculptures that combined humans and animals connected into one, Phong’s message was to be more conscious of the animal life around us.
Other artists focused on the human struggle, including their own, in an organic setting.
Art Lecturer Deane Swick documented her experience of surgery and recovery through her artwork. Using acrylic paint on a linen canvas, Swick relates her story and the human body to plant life. This is all part of her ongoing series, “Recuperation & Recovery.”
With such a variety of work, there was something of interest to everyone. Tyler Stewart, a third-year graphic design student, felt inspired after viewing the different installations.
“It was cool that there was such a variety of work between the teachers and so many different types of work that they do on their own,” said Stewart. “It was really inspiring to see what they do on their own time.”
To capture the L.A. city life, Barbara Thomason, an art lecturer who teaches printmaking, created two different paintings from L.A. City Hall: one at night and one during the day. Each painting took about six months to complete, and were inspired by her first visit to the top of L.A. City Hall.
Thomason is also the author of “100 Not So Famous Views of L.A,” which is featured at the gallery next to her paintings.
The gallery is used mostly for public art shows by professional artists that are not affiliated with CPP, in order to expose students to their work. However, the Art Department Faculty Show allows students to view their professors’ artwork and connects them to the campus.
Jason Reed, a third-year architecture student and gallery assistant, was excited that students were coming in to view the different installations by faculty members.
“I think it’s great that students are able to come and see what their teachers are doing behind the scenes,” said Reed. “This is the first faculty show in a while, so it’s really nice to see students come and look at what is being created.”
The exhibit will be on display until Dec. 13. The gallery is open Monday and Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Chris Maciosek / The Poly Post
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