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MCLA ANNOUNCES SENIOR ART SHOW

04/24/17

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Gallery 51 will present this year’s senior class show, “INSIGHT,” beginning on Thursday, April 27.  This exhibition serves as the annual culminating event that provides graduating artists with the tools they will need to further their careers as they learn how to display and install their art, and more.

The public is invited to attend a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, in MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St.

The idea behind the exhibition – which serves as the thesis project for Elizabeth Erdeski ’17, Samwise Fox ’17, Kaitlyn Russell ’17 and Isaac Wood ’17 – comes from a quote by Malcolm Gladwell, a journalist for The New Yorker, who wrote: “Insight is not a light bulb that goes off inside our heads. It is a flickering candle that can easily be snuffed out.” 

In that delicate balance of keeping ideas, momentum, passion, engagement, creativity, hope, and vision lit, “INSIGHT” is both an exhibition about finding paths and considering possibilities, according to the show’s artists.

In her “The Unfoldings of Life,” Erdeski created a small series of three-dimensional sculptures using altered books as her medium, paying homage to her grandfather, life and nature.

According to Erdeski, her work gives a two-sided reflection of natural elements that are seen daily.

“In the series I sought inspiration in my grandfather’s recent passing. He was surrounded by wildlife and wildlife can be taken for granted. Altering books lets me give meaning to things in life that can be good and bad, allowing people to discover all the spectrums that life gives us,” Erdeski said.

Fox explores compassion, communication and empathy of relationships through the graphic novel “Perspective.” Written by Fox, it is based loosely on personal life experiences in the struggle to understand and communicate with loved ones.

According to Fox, “Art is a learning process; therefore, my thoughts and feelings about my project will hopefully grow and change as I do. I hope that audiences will take the time to reflect and respond to the project based on its intellectuality, whether it is positive or negative. I will grow from this.”

Russell’s “‘Ode’ to …” is an installation exalting representation of her visual inspirations and plotting patterns and systems – from Sir Alfred Hitchcock to Bonnie and Clyde. She believes her work “exemplifies searches for unfathomable things.”

“I create, search and manipulate to create marriages of art and poetry,” Russell said.

In his project “Dear Universe,” Wood creates his own 78-card tarot deck to take a deeper look into the history and practices of tarot readings, while exploring his own symbolic language.  

According to Wood, “Dear Universe” is his homage to both his printing and tarot practices. “After a year of research and designing my own tarot deck, I look forward to sharing what I've learned and created at the Gallery 51's show, INSIGHT,” he said.

“INSIGHT” will remain on display through May 21. MCLA Gallery 51 is at 51 Main St. in North Adams. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

For more information about “INSIGHT,” call (413) 662-5324, or go to www.mcla.edu/Gallery51. For more information, go to www.mcla.edu/bcrc.

MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. The Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. MCLA Gallery 51 is at 51 Main St. in North Adams.

MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) provides opportunities, resources, and support to the Northern Berkshire Community. BCRC brings together the Northern Berkshire, MCLA and greater creative communities through its cultural programming, including MCLA Gallery 51, DownStreet Art, Berkshire Hills Internship Program (B-HIP), and MCLA Presents! The BCRC promotes, facilitates, and encourages a dialogue to foster a sustainable, creative community.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

For more information, go to http://www.mcla.edu/.