On Thursday, November 1st, the Akus Gallery in Shafer Hall held a reception for an exhibition titled A Glimpse Into Akus: Selections from the Pernament Collection at Eastern Connecticut State University, which runs through December 18th. Curated by Roxanne Deojay, Coordinator of the Akus Gallery and Registrar of Gallery and Museum Services, it allowed students, faculty, and the public to look at artwork from their permanent collection.
The artwork on display were a combination of prints, paintings, mixed media, and photographs that were donated to or purchased by Eastern Connecticut State University. Deojay explained that the majority of artwork in the permanent collection consists of Haitian art; contemporary prints; and Papa New Guinean artifacts.
“We have just over a thousand pieces in the collection,” Roxanne Deojay said.
Many students who attended were drawn to the artwork. China Culbreath, a student at Eastern, liked Elle est Fleur, a lithograph by Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo. While she was first drawn to its use of green, she was more interested in the figure, giving it deeper meaning.
“She embodies the curviness of a person. It could mean that she is proud of her body.” China Culbreath said.
Like Culbreath, other students were intrigued by the exhibition’s selection of artwork. Student Tony DeLuca was fascinated with the photograph by Adam Baer, called Untitled #963. It is a large-scale photograph of a scene staged by the artist using theatrical components to create an elaborate and somewhat tormented version of a tea party.
“You have to appreciate how much effort went into this photograph, what it took to get so many people involved and to stage the setting,” Deojay said.
While the artwork had a deep meaning for most attendees, student Peter Castagna was drawn to Serge Geffrard’s Double Deux for its spontaneity and use of texture.
“It’s intriguing because you don’t really know what’s going on.” Peter Castagna said.
Other works that were popular at the exhibition included David Teft’s Building (Double Exposure), Huye M. Kelly’s Nature Place #4, and Irene Tsachcbasov Zevon’s Grotesque Head and Earphone, which can be seen on the Akus Gallery’s homepage. With the selection of artwork, Deojay talked about why she selected the pieces for the exhibition and the effort it took.
“I wanted to include artwork that would really make people think,” Deojay said.
With the selection, she was proud of the efforts made by gallery staff to reframe and re-matte most of the artwork specifically for the exhibition. The gallery’s next exhibition, Virtue and Vice: The World of Lizbeth Anderson, runs from January 17-February 28, 2013 and there will be a reception held on January 31 from 5-7p.m.