New Walsh Gallery exhibit challenges viewers’ perceptions

Artists give new meaning to traditional landscapes in the Walsh Gallery’s latest exhibition, “Crossroads: A Shifting Landscape.”

From Jan.17 to Feb.17, the exhibit invites viewers to perceive their surroundings as they never have before. The featured artists present new discourses and introduce media not commonly associated with landscape, according to the gallery’s website.

Each piece is its own commentary on how society’s definition of “landscape” has changed over the centuries, contrasting them with the picturesque scenery that originally inspired the genre itself.

Both a retrospective and introspective exhibit, “Crossroads” strives to bring into light a new medium of discussion by ways of innovative multi-mediums, themes, and materials.

“People are trying to get a sense of what’s going on,” Jeanne Brasile, director of the Walsh Gallery, said. “Art is just one way to express that.”

A favorite of Brasile’s is “Poppies” by John Meyers, which she chose to stand in the center of the room. From a distance, this piece appears to be nothing more than what the title suggests. But upon closer inspection, the piece is not made with real flowers, but with regular television cable wires bent into the shape of poppies.

The exhibit displays innovative mediums such as these cables, as well as rocks, bricks, video, photography, as well as traditional oil on canvas. Some of the works motivate reflection, while others inspire humor. Joe Waks’ “McLandscapes” takes classic landscapes such as a waterfall scene and inserts a McDonald’s sign noticeably in the distance, successfully stimulating both commentary and thought.

First-time curators and grad students Jesse Gordon and Emily Ozga worked diligently to ensure that the gallery had “good flow.” They said it was an interesting experience to meet with the artists one-on-one and understand better what inspired their work.

“We’re pleased with how it came out since this was our first time curating,” Gordon said. “I’m excited for people (to come).”

When asked about which is their preferred piece, they admitted that “it changes every time” and that they were “constantly discovering” a new favorite work.

There will be a chance for the viewers to share their thoughts and speak directly to the artists at the exhibits opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the gallery.

Chelsea Catlett can be reached at chelsea.catlett@student.shu.edu.

Author: Staff Writer

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