The WPI Photography Club is exhibiting works by its members. The works are currently on display in both the Gladwin Art Gallery (2nd Floor) and the Class of 1941 Gallery (3rd Floor). The works of the following members are included: Kunal Atigre, Robert Capizzio, Erik Carlson, James Cialdea, Simeon MacMillen, Nathan Taylor Nesbitt, Christopher Petrie, Niva Shrestha, and Christopher Szlatenyi.
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Metallurgy has been among the most influential human technologies for over five thousand years, and the craft of swordmaking has always represented one of the greatest challenges to the metalworker. Blades must be hard enough to be sharp, yet tough enough to resist breakage. Preindustrial swordsmiths knew nothing of the material sciences that govern the properties of metals, yet their traditional techniques, handed down from generation to generation, allowed them to manipulate these properties to craft long, light blades that could hold a deadly cutting edge while enduring the punishing conditions of battlefield use.
This exhibit uses the tools of modern metallography–such as optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and electron diffusion analysis–to reveal the composition and structure of a selection of swords from the Higgins Armory collection, ranging from a Chinese bronze blade of 1000 BCE to a modern display sword, tracing the evolution of metals technology across the millennia.
This is a special exhibition of landscape paintings by the Chinese Painting Guild of Boston. The Guild is a collective of artists, all former and present students of Ma Qingxiong, whose work blends the values and techniques of traditional Chinese brush painting with Western expression and individuality. Ma Qingxiong has been teaching in Boston since 1991. He has had numerous exhibitions of his paintings in China (including at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Beijing) and in the United States.
The George C. Gordon Library is hosting an exhibition of student artwork in its newest gallery–the George E. Gladwin Art Gallery. The exhibtion includes works by undergraduate students from the art course Essentials of Art (AR 1100). The students include: Maggie Allard; Dana Asplund; Linda Biwen; Bryant Eisenbach; Donald Gaxho; Evan Graziano; Tiffany Lufkin; Adam Nakama; Daiman Rigden; Laura Rosato; Sally Saba; Alexandra Sanseverino; Prawal Mah Shrestha; Andrew Yee; and Mary Yovina.
The gallery was named in honor of WPI’s first professor of drawing, George E. Gladwin (1829-1920), who taught at WPI for twenty-eight years and who was much beloved by students.
Jacqueline Ross features 32 original monotypes and monoprints in an exhibition at the George C. Gordon Library, WPI. Ross writes about her art: “For reasons I do not completely understand, the odonata has insinuated itself into my art. Some cultures regard this engimatic insect as having mytholoigcal origins and bestow upon it beneficial and healing powers. Our own culture attaches a menancing aspect to the creature by calling it a “dragon” fly or a darning needle. Originating in murky pond water, competing with countless other creatures, the nymph crawls toward the light and incredibly transforms itself into a soaring damselfly or dragonfly. From this miracle of nature comes a new beginning. I regard the cycle of the odonata as a metaphor for life. From darkness and struggle comes hope and rebirth. I think of it also as the artist’s creative process; the ongoing struggle to bring inner visions to light. The body of work represents a period in my life when I had to come to terms with the sudden death of a loved one. The process has been a journey through which I slowly traveled. The prints have moved from a dark muddled palette, progressively reaching for the lightness of the horizon. I work with the monotype which produces a one of a kind print. There is always an element of surprise when I “pull a print” and I am able to find the images I need in the shapes and forms that reveal themselves to me.”
The George C. Gordon Library presents recent works by Niva Shrestha. The exhibition includes a number oil paintings and watercolors of landscapes and still-lifes. Shrestha says of her work: “I am drawn to nature. These landscape and flower paintings are perhaps the fruits of being close to nature; to the quietness and peacefulness.”
The exhibit “Wachusett Greenways in Four Seasons” features the natural beauty of the Mass Central Rail Trail and other Wachusett greenways and open spaces through art and photography of forty-six regional artists. The exhibit is being organized by the Wachusett Greenways project (www.wachusettgreenways.org or 508-829-3954).
On July 19 join a 3:30 p.m. walking tour at WPI and Institute Park followed by a 4:45 reception and exhibit viewing. Call Barbara McCarthy at 508-798-0901.
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This exhibit, entitled “The Vessel”, will feature Central Massachusetts Chapter of the Womens Caucus members visual responses to the theme presented. Simply put, vessels are containers, which can be portable or immovable, revered or common, decorated or plain, mammoth or diminutive. In the material world, nests, coffins, shells, vases, ships, houses, cups, pitchers, wells, and urns are vessels. In the symbolic world, vessels represent the source of life, salvation, woman, potency, love offered, a protective womb, and hope of rebirth. Cross-cultural symbols for vessels abound; in China, for example, a basket of flowers signifies hope. This exhibit will feature two-dimensional artwork that takes the viewer to the crossroads between the material and the symbolic.
For more information visit www.centralmasswca.org.
Born in 1924 in California’s Imperial Valley, the son of Japanese immigrants and farmers, Yoshiro Sanbonmatsu was interned along with the rest of his family and many other Japanese-Americans during much of World War II. Later, after serving in the US Army, Sanbonmatsu received his B.A. from Swarthmore College. He then set out on what would become a 39-year career as a high school English teacher in New York and Massachusetts. A life-long interest in art finally led him to take a Masters in Creative Art from Bridgewater State College (1983), and to further advanced study in painting at the Massachusetts College of Art (1984-1989). In 1991, after retiring from teaching in Plymouth, Mass., Sanbonmatsu took up a second career, this time as a political artist. In 1997 he co-founded the Gallery for Social/Political Art in Boston, where his own artwork was the subject of a vast retrospective, in June 2004. “I consider myself more social critic than painter,” Sanbonmatsu has said, and his art, which grapples with such political themes as war, human rights abuses, racism, and genocide, reflects his determination to place aesthetic expression in the service of truth.