Ink & Clay exhibits a variety of voices

By Jocelyn Oceguera

The art gallery on campus was filled with excitement for Ink & Clay 43 exhibit.

The exhibition had several different pieces from both professional artists and staff members of our very own CPP campus, and offered a variety of different pieces that automatically draws ones’ attention.

“Students and faculty members stop by often, but a majority of those that attended were outside people that come specifically for the art gallery,” said workshop specialist at the art gallery, Antoinette Shapiro about the exhibit.

The W. Keith & Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery sponsored the annual Ink & Clay competition of printmaking, drawing, ceramic ware, clay sculpture and mixed media utilization of ink or clay as material.

The first piece to capture your attention when you walk into the gallery would have to be Naoto Ishikawa, Kumo- no- Ito (The Spider’s Thread), a piece that not only won Clay Juror’s choice but also won University President’s choice honorable mention.

These partially painted clay vessels on a painted board come together and create a story, which is great since it is in fact inspired by one written by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, in the early 1900s.

But one that won the popular vote among students would have to be Zenka, a Lino print with an augmented reality overlay that had 4D interactive artwork on display.

It was one of the most looked at pieces, according to Shapiro, seemingly having to do with it combining both print and digital art.

According to its background, the inspiration behind it was the artists deepened and never- ending conversation with the past and the future they are dying to know.

Among those that were popular was also Lisa Maher, an art piece dedicated to shoes.

It demonstrated their complexity and the artists fascination with the differences among every type of shoe.

The piece was influenced by the shoes way of communicating and awaking emotions, while invoking nostalgia.

According to its brief background, the artist describes their phenomenon and how her greatest satisfaction was the final stages of production where the finishing touches were added.

“It inspires students, to see this artwork here because no matter what major you are in when you come into the art gallery and see these pieces of art you realize that everyone is creative,” said Stephanie Garcia a fourth- year food, science and technology major.

Garcia says that her favorite pieces of the exhibit are the ones that are underrated.

Those that people tend to overlook because they go to the most colorful or biggest.

She says that it is important to pay attention and go through all of them, so that one could see how different each piece and how different each artist is.

104 pieces of art were selected out of 232 entries, and those displayed on campus in the art gallery all show a different variety of qualities and no piece is the same.

This years’ judges were Anne Martens, Joan Takayama-Ogawa and Nancy Haselbacher.

Ink & Clay competition was established in 1971 and it is open to artists in all 50 states, making this a nationwide competition.

The exhibit is annually celebrated by artists and collectors for its quality and diversity.

Ink & Clay 43 will be held from Sept. 16 to Oct. 26. For more information visit the Cal Poly Pomona website.

CPP alumni Antoinette Shapiro looks forward to the annual exhibit for its quality and diversity

Tevin Voong / The Poly Post

CPP alumni Antoinette Shapiro looks forward to the annual exhibit for its quality and diversity

CPP alumni Antoinette Shapiro looks forward to the annual exhibit for its quality and diversity

Tevin Voong / The Poly Post

CPP alumni Antoinette Shapiro looks forward to the annual exhibit for its quality and diversity

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