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‘Bits and Pieces’ student art gallery displays eclectic work

The Channels Art Pages | EDITOR REVIEW
Daniel Feldtkeller
“Tea For Three” is a piece of art that is being displayed at the student art exhibit “Bits and Pieces” on Tuesday, March 2, in the John Dunn Gourmet Dining Room at City College. The ceramic tea set was created by City College student Marla Mockus.

City College is displaying an artistically diverse exhibition of student work, “Bits and Pieces,” at the Atkinson Gallery Annex.

The gallery premiered at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, in the John Dunn Gourmet Dining Room, and featured seven City College students who each had a piece of art in the show.

The artistic pieces ranged from acrylic, ink, ceramic and bronze.

Walking into the room, a large and colorful acrylic on paper art piece hangs against the back wall. The piece called “Painting #2 (Ed Emberley Study)” was created by Sleek Reek, a City College student and artist. The colors are so vibrant, it shines in the room with a composite of different paintings combined onto one large paper.

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Some of the different paintings on the piece are quite comical. In the bottom right corner, there is a purple dinosaur that resembles an angry take on the children’s fictional character Barney. It stands as one of the the most interesting paintings in the room.

One of the most appealing pieces in the exhibit is “Horizon,” created by Byron Blanco. It is a woodblock print which is created with a technique of carving a large piece of wood and covering the ridges in ink. It’s a very intriguing piece because there are so many details.

Created in black and white, each of the lines are carved with great care. This is a piece that catches your eye because of its complexity. Three mouths with teeth surround three different eyes of spiders. The teeth are clenching hard around the eyes with wavy, worm-like features coming out of the eyes. On the bottom, there are birds waiting who look as if they are about to feast on the worms.

The piece is so bizarre, but because of that, it captures interest and begs the viewer to study it further.

Another sightseer is the “Second Man in Space,” piece created by Charles Starr. The piece is made from acrylic and spray paint on canvas. The dark, rich royal blue captures the eye quickly. It’s splotchy and imperfect, which is very pleasing to the eye.

Attached to the painting is a tiny little astronaut. The astronaut is created with great detail as even the creases in the space suit are easily visible.

Each of the three artists had a distinct style to their work, and is only a sample of the eclectic exhibition. This group created a wonderful variety for their exhibition that is definitely worth seeing.

“Bits and Pieces” will be open to the public in the John Dunn Gourmet Dining Room until March 25. The gallery will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

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