Recycled Cycles Open Show
by Steve Charles
October 10, 2014
Sculptures created by Wabash students from salvaged bicycle parts made for a striking entrance to the Athens Art Gallery as the Crawfordsville art space opened its ReVision Show on Friday.
The work by students in Professor of Art Doug Calisch's sculpture class was just one component of the gallery's ReVision exhibit, which challenged professional and student artists to work from recycled materials. Two pieces by Wabash senior John Vosel were accepted into the juried portion of the show.
Praising both Vosel's work and that of his sculpture class students, Calisch said the exhibit provided a great learning opportunity.
"It was a great first assignment for the semester," Calisch said. "The exhibit got the students involved right away with the issues of being an artist, not just getting a grade in a classroom. They had to work within the size restrictions of the gallery, come up with a price, and realized they'd need to think through a title for the piece.
"I hadn't really thought all of this through when we accepted the invitation to be part of the show, but through classroom discussion the students collectively realized they were going to be professionals. There was a level of pride that doesn’t often surface because they knew this first work would be publicly viewed, that they would be, in a way, ambassadors for the College, representing an aspect of learning that’s going on here. They reached a level of seriousness you don't often see at beginning of the semester."
The opening reception for the show is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, October 10. Read more about the show in Helen Hudson's article in the Journal-Review.