The other afternoon as I was filing through the arts building on my way to class, I noticed a large body of wooden sculpture in the Corrin Gallery Space. Later that day, I received an email from my sculpture professor, Allyn Massey suggesting I check out the work and write something for The Q.
The exhibition is a one week exhibit showcasing the work of Professor Massey’s introductory sculpture class, 3D Fundamentals. The beautifully sanded wooden pieces are part of the classes first assignment, which is to make a sculpture using three different types of wood, an interior cut, sanding waxing, to join two pieces of wood together using a dowel, and to make a piece in the round without using a base.
Since it’s an introductory class to sculpture, the student’s skill set may be anywhere from no experience to master carpenter. You can imagine that I was very surprised to walk into the gallery and be very impressed. Though the majority of the pieces where successful and interesting in their own right, the works that stole the show are those of, Hannah Haber ‘15, Phoebe DeFries ‘15, and Lily Weinrieb ‘17.
Haber’s work resonates as an abstracted exotic bird-like structure. The “head” which has long, curved, green sprigs coming from the top resemble the big, vibrant feathers one would see on a large tropical bird. The body of the piece is deconstructed like a David Smith sculpture. The different components to a bird are all present, a wing, chest, foot, but they are not built photo realistically. Instead they span out and simply imply the figure of a bird. It is actually very impressive and very loud. The color, craft and form of the sculpture command attention, making it one of the first pieces I noticed.
The works of DeFries and Weinrieb were both very interesting as well. Both of the pieces juxtapose natural wood grain, such as the rough, unprocessed side of a tree log or bark, with more polished, finely waxed pieces. As a result the message of the pieces are evocative of a the relationship between the nature and a more refined state. Overall, both works are really sweet.
The show should still be up in Meyerhoff’s Corrin Gallery through the weekend. If you need a study break or find yourself around the academic buildings, stop by and take a look.