current exhibition

Employees Only

September 11 - October 11, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, September 11 5-7PM

Curated by: Dick Goody



Meaghan Barry, Susan E. Evans, Lynn Galbreath Fausone, Dick Goody, Colleen Ludwig, Sally Schluter Tardella, Cody VanderKaay,and Vagner M. Whitehead

Curated by Dick Goody

Employees Only features the work of Oakland University’s Department of Art and Art History full-time studio art and graphic design faculty.

Meaghan Barry and Colleen Ludwig, the department’s newest faculty, are debuting their work at the Oakland University Art Gallery for the first time. Ludwig, an Assistant Professor of New Media, is exhibiting a cluster five feet high of kinetic sculptures entitled Pod.Field, which interact with the proximity and movement of the viewer. Barry, an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, is showing Absence of Tongues a series of watercolor and ink works on paper depicting amorphous figures drawn from her imagination.

Recently tenured Associate Professor, Cody VanderKaay, is exhibiting macro and micro works, including his large imposing undulating monolithic floor sculpture entitled Field Study, and several maquette-inflected intimate gray painted basswood constructions such as The Pickle Joint.

 Veteran painter and Associate Professor Sally Schluter Tardella is making a new departure with work fabricated by a 3D-printer, but in a sense her codex/books already possess a decisive sculptural quality; these works are shown with several monochromatic large scale drawings.

Everything is Just Ducky is one of a series of mixed media works created by Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lynn Galbreath Fausone, who until this past summer was the director and co-initiator of the four-year-old graphic design program. As both a designer and painter, in this instance, Galbreath has chosen to make exuberant drawings, constructions and paintings for this exhibition.

Susan E. Evans’ conceptual sculptures appear with the intriguing title: Poems The Trees Gave Me / Like Moonlight On The Waters / White Clouds in the Ether / One ‘Morrow Among Many. Her stacks of exposed, light sensitive photographic paper operate as metaphors for our relationship with environmental degradation.

Associate Professor and painter, Dick Goody, is showing a series of intimate still lifes, and department chair, Associate Professor Vagner M. Whitehead, is integrating his lens-based laser etchings with drawing and painting.

Employees Only illustrates the diversity, range and productivity of the studio art faculty.


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