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    Ringing a Bell for Sculpture


    Sculpture by Chris Jones at the Oakland University Art Gallery

    The Visible Index. Chris Jones. 2013. Magazine and book images, polymer, wood, varnish. 66 x 76 x 3 inches. Courtesy of the Marc Straus Gallery, New York.

    If the role of a university is to educate then the exhibition of sculpture at the Oakland University Art Gallery becomes a space to bring together objects from diverse locations in The Body Metonymic: International Contemporary Sculpture. Twelve international artists break away from tradition and embrace a personal, material way of three-dimensional expression.

    Lonnie Holley, from Birmingham, Alabama, draws on his own personal experiences often expressed in the manipulation of found objects. The figurative element in his work Lifting Me Over provides a contrast to his spatial and material based sensibility.

    Contemporary Sculpture by  artist Lonnie Holley

    Lifting Me Over. Lonnie Holley. 2011. 14 x 20 x 16 inches. Steel and concrete. Courtesy of the artist and the Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York.

    Chris Jones’ relief The Visible Index sorts out images from books and magazines with a collage type attraction repurposed on a hand-made wooden grid. The cross sectioning of interiors combines both a social and aesthetically interesting response for the viewer.

    Dick Goody, director of the Oakland University Art Gallery and curator of the exhibit, substitutes the new for the old while ringing a bell for sculpture. The exhibit provides exposure for students, faculty, and the general public, with a kind of new diversity breathing life into those who cherish contemporary three-dimensional sculpture.

    Oakland University Art Gallery, January 11 – March 30, 2014

    Ron Scott is a pseudonym for a writer based in the Detroit area.  View more articles by Ron Scott.

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