Gallery brings mortality to life
Published: Monday, October 28, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 16:10
“Mortal Men” opened Monday in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery to comment on humanity’s eventual fate.
Through multiple media, artists Michael Bise, Seth Mittag and Mark Ponder expressed their idea of “what it was like to be a man faced with mortality and the absurdity of life.”
Michael Henderson, art department chair and exhibition curator, said they wanted not only for students to see the variety that is taught in the department, but for the Huntsville community to seize the “opportunity to see art that may not pass this way again.”
“The images, videos and decorations confront us with the fact that someday we will face death whether it is our own or someone else’s,” Henderson said.
Each Houston artist was able to convey his idea on death in a unique way in a variety of scenes.
“My favorite piece is [one of Bise’s pieces] because I love animals,” observer Lucy Townes said about a piece featuring a woman sitting with a different assortment of animals behind her. “Just the fact that it’s done in pencil fascinates me.”
Bise’s attention to detail is brought out through his traditional graphite drawings. Some of his pieces at the exhibit focus on scenes you would see at a typical doctor’s office. This imagery conveys his recent personal experience on his heart transplant surgery.
While some described Bise as more traditional, Mittag uses a stop motion animation technique to focus on the tragedy a person faces when a natural disaster damages his or her home.
Ponder uses party decorations as his medium to convey his ideas. During the exhibit, there is a room with balloons hanging from the doorway. In it, there is a video playing in which the speaker is constantly saying positive thoughts in a condescending way.
The exhibit runs through Nov. 21.
There will be a reception on Nov. 21from 5 to 6 p.m. for the gallery. The individual artists will also speak about their work on different dates in Art Building E.
Mittag will speak on Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. Ponder will speak on Nov. 14 from 5 to 6 p.m. Bise will round out the speakers on Nov. 21 from 2 to 3 p.m.