The faculty art show was filled with some amazing works of arts. There were also a large vary of works from clay vases to photographs from film and everything in between. The art show showed how very talented Anne Arundel Community College faculty is and showed what hard work can achieve.
James Fitzsimmons “Skill and Milk Can #2” is a rather regular painting except for when the eye reaches the top of the funnel. There was a skull that looked to be hanging off the funnel like it was meant to be there. The artist was not there to ask what made him want to paint this painting.
Software art “Extreme Greenies” by Peter Williams was a confusing piece. At first, “Extreme Greenies” looks like something that went horribly wrong with a computer. Peter Williams stated that the piece has to do with major traded companies on the stock market; when the company goes up the brand turns greens and gets bigger and when the company goes down it turns purple and gets smaller. His inspiration came from a tweet from Sarah Palin blaming environmentalists for the BP oil disaster.
Rick Malmgrem had three pieces in the show, two were vases called “Blue Raku” and “Bronze Raku”. Both vases were made from a Raku clay that was flashed fired in a few hours instead of many hours like a regular kiln process. After that they were dripped in two different medals; cobalt and bronze. The metals created two very different effects, the cobalt was a beautiful dull color and the bronze was a shiny metallic color. Malmgrem third piece was “Three Moons Rising Over Black Mesa” which is a heated treated steel. The three pieces were not made but found when cleaning out a machine. Malmgrem decided the pieces were beautiful and went about setting up the order the three pieces should be in and described the wholes in the middle as little moons.
Matthew Moore untitled photograph is by far my favorite piece. The photograph is mostly black with a women with no expression coming out from the darkness. That is what the photograph was all about, coming out the darkness. Moore used film cameras with a really long exposure at night. He would start the people he would use at thirty seconds and move up to two or three-minute exposures. It took dozens of pictures to achieve this one photograph.