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Installing “John Udvardy: A Sculptor’s Vision” March 28, 2011

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John Udvardy: A Sculptor's Vision

We had a very busy day in the gallery this past weekend installing the sculpture exhibition “John Udvardy: A Sculptor’s Vision”. John arrived with his crew around 2:00pm, and we had indispensable help from Wellesley students Whitney Sheng, Alina Zalucki, Emma Smith, and Anne Tuan during the installation.

This installation was by far the most complex and ambitious undertaking that we’ve done since I started as gallery director three years ago: the exhibition features sixteen sculptures, each with their own pedestal.  All of the sculptures were wrapped and packaged in a specific way to be sure that everything arrived safely into the gallery, requiring special handling and care. Please join us for this extraordinary exhibition at the opening reception next Thursday, April 7 from 4:00-7:00pm!

John Udvardy: A Sculptor's Vision

John Udvardy: A Sculptor's Vision

John Udvardy: A Sculptor's Vision

John Udvardy: A Sculptor's Vision

Installing “Trigger and Reconfigure” January 26, 2011

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Last Friday we installed the exhibition “Trigger and Reconfigure”
, an exhibition featuring artists Laura Evans, Abbie Read, Jessica Straus, & Antoinette Winters.  The enormous variety of different two-dimensional and three-dimensional works required a lot of attention to detail in putting the show together. Several sculptures were drilled into the wall, while others sat on bases or shelves installed into the wall. The exhibition opens tomorrow, 4:45-6pm.

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Jessica Straus installs her sculptures into the wall.

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(left to right) Antoinette Winters and Abbie Read install Antoinette’s drawings on the wall.

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(left to right) Abbie Read, Jessica Straus, and Antoinette Winters work on the installation

Tamara Al-Mashouk on installing “Senior Thesis Exhibition” May 11, 2010

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Today’s blog post is by Tamara Al-Mashouk, class of 2010 who completed work on her thesis in this year’s Senior Thesis Exhibition. Below you can read her thoughts on working in the gallery this past week.

2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition

The installation of my work began with setting up the standing bookcase. I decided where I wanted to place it, then laid out the eleven frames and four wall shelves. I had had an idea for how I wanted my side of the gallery to be arranged, but chose not to finalize my plans. I wanted the set up to come together as fluidly as the work itself; organically with very little sketching and planning.

Senior Thesis: Installation in Progress

After working out the structure of the show, I started bringing in the tiny objects I had created. I placed them sporadically, moving from the bookcase to the shelves, and onto the frames. I aimed to create a perfect chaos. When all the objects were finally in the gallery I sought to rearrange them to create interactions and an ethereal atmosphere. -Tamara Al-Mashouk

2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition

Ji Young Lim on installing “Senior Thesis Exhibition” May 11, 2010

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Senior Thesis: Installation in Progress

Today’s blog post is by Ji Young Lim, class of 2010 who completed work on her thesis in this year’s Senior Thesis Exhibition. Below are her thoughts and reflections on the process of installing her work in the gallery last week.

2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition

After a year of preparing my senior thesis installation, it was finally time for it to come into actual physical existence. Tamara and I worked on installing our show for three days and those three days were both frustrating and exhilarating. We spent most of those three days in the gallery working. I had no idea how physically draining installing my piece would be nor did I expect it to take me most of the three days to complete installing. Andy (Mowbray) helped me put up the framework for all my yarn and helped me put up the top mirror. Then I spent the next two days tying on each piece of yarn and braiding them. It was a painstakingly time consuming process, however, I am quite proud of the outcome. I could not have done it without help from the art department faculty and the gallery assistants. So thank you!

2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition

I had never put up such a large piece before and it was quite a learning experience as well as an incredibly rewarding one. This entire experience has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Seeing my piece go up after all the hard work and effort put into it and seeing it come into existence was beyond anything I have ever experienced. -Ji Young Lim

2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition

Senior Thesis: Installation in Progress May 4, 2010

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Today senior thesis students Ji Young Lim and Tamara Al-Mashouk started to install their thesis projects into the gallery for the 2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition.

Senior Thesis: Installation in Progress

Ji Young Lim works to install and assemble her work In the Moment into the gallery.

Senior Thesis: Installation in Progress

Join us for the opening reception on Tuesday, May 11, 4:45-6pm.  The opening will also include the 350 photography exhibtion It’s Personal, featuring seniors Eleri Roberts and EB Bartels.

Senior Thesis: Installation in Progress

Tamara Al-Mashouk works to construct a shelf for her work Out of Alice’s Cupboard.

Madeline Vara on installing “350: Student Exhibition” April 15, 2010

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Today’s post is a guest blog post by Madeline Vara, Class of 2010.  Madeline completed a 350 level project and is participating in “350: Student Exhibition“ which has an opening reception next Tuesday, April 20 at 4:45pm. In her post, she discusses the process and experience of installing her project into the gallery space.

“This past Monday, we began the installation for the 350 show.  Though all of the 350 students participating in the show, myself included, were displaying paintings, I found myself with a bit of predicament concerning how to present my artwork.  In the case of the other 350 students, their paintings were all on large stretches of canvas, set to be easily hung on the walls.  My project had left me with 22 various small paintings, though, with all of them on paper.

Madeline Vara

While I could have just as easily posted my paintings in mass along the wall, I couldn’t help but feel that it wouldn’t do the art justice.  As a result, I embarked on small mission to complete a three dimensional installation of my work by creating shelves to display them on.  After buying a multitude of hardware supplies, I set out to create a 7-foot long shelf and multiple smaller shelves.  The all-day affair of painting them, deciding their places on the wall, and finally drilling them into place was tiring, but ultimately worth every minute.  Viewing art isn’t just about the painting or drawing or sculpture itself; it is deeply tied in with the space the object occupies and the mode through which we view it.  Installing the shelves was essential to creating the right “frame” for my paintings.”- Madeline Vara, Class of 2010

Installing "350: Student Exhibition"

Madeline Vara works to install her pieces into the gallery space.

Madeline Vara

Transformations: Installation, Opening, & Gallery Talk March 8, 2010

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Last week was a busy week in the gallery: on Monday and Tuesday we installed the exhibition “Transformations”, Thursday was the opening reception, and on Friday we had a gallery talk with Ken Takashi Horii and Thomas Lyon Mills.

Installation: "Transformations"

(left to right) Thomas Lyon Mills, Gallery Director /Curator Clara Lieu, Nathalie Miebach, and Ken Takashi Horii discuss the installation plan.

Installation: "Transformations"

(left to right) Thomas Lyon Mills, Gallery Director/Curator Clara Lieu, and Nathalie Miebach discuss options for how to install the exhibition.

Figuring out the layout for the exhibition was complicated due to the fact that every artist had both two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. All of the exhibitions we’ve mounted since I started directing the gallery in 2008 have largely featured two-dimensional work, so this was a first for the gallery to have so much three-dimensional work in a single show. Other important considerations were how to distribute and balance color throughout the gallery. Nathalie Miebach and Thomas Lyon Mills both had works which were heavy in color whereas Ken Takashi Horii and Anthony Crudelle-Janello had largely black and white or monochromatic works.

Installation: "Transformations" Installation: "Transformations"
Left: Nathalie Miebach and a student gallery assistant work to assemble her sculpture into the gallery space.
Right: Ken Takashi Horii works on assembling his large sculpture “Of Mind and Matter”.

Each artist had their own pre-determined system for hanging and arranging their works in the gallery.  In Ken Takashi Horii’s case, his large sculpture arrived in several pieces and was installed piece by piece into the wall. Nathalie Miebach had sculptures and also several audio components which went along with her musical scores. Thomas Lyon Mills had a simple and effective hanging system for his paintings which allowed them to hang on the wall unframed. Anthony Crudelle-Janello’s sculpture was  constructed on a set of wheels, allowing it to be wheeled right into the gallery.  Crudelle-Janello’s photographs were hung on the wall using strips of velcro stuck to the back of the photographs.

Installation Views: "Transformations"

Installation Views: "Transformations"

The opening reception was well attended by both members of the Wellesley College community as well as several people from off campus, many of whom were visiting the gallery for the first time. A live jazz performance with piano, flute, and bass was provided by the Wellesley College Music Department.

Opening Reception for "Transformations"

Opening Reception for "Transformations"

The following day the gallery hosted a gallery talk  by Thomas Lyon Mills and Ken Takashi Horii.  Hearing their insights and thoughts about the work provided a whole new level of depth and understanding of their work in the exhibition.  View all of the photos from this exhibition and events on our Flickr account.

Gallery Talk: Thomas Lyon Mills

Thomas Lyon Mills speaks about his work.

Gallery Talk: Ken Takashi Horii

Ken Takashi Horii speaks to the crowd about his work.

Installation Views: “Look at Me” January 29, 2010

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We completed the finishing touches on the student photography exhibition “Look at Me”. The last tasks to be done in a gallery show are usually the wall labels for each individual work and the vinyl letters of the exhibition title.  Below are installation views of the exhibition.

Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 4, 4:45-6pm.  RSVP on our Facebook event page.  View more photos of the exhibition on our Flickr page.

"Look at Me": Installation Views

View entering the gallery.

Heidi Wang

Silver gelatin prints by Heidi Wang.

Shirley Palomino

Digital inkjet photographs by Shirley Palomino.

"Look at Me": Installation Views

Eliza Murphy on installing “Spine: Senior Exhibition” December 7, 2009

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Today’s post is a guest blog post from senior Eliza Murphy, who has a series of large scale, self-portraits painted in oil on canvas in our current exhibition “SPINE: Senior Exhibition”. Read below about her experience installing her work in the gallery last week.

Installing "Spine"

This Thursday we set up our show “Spine”. I must say I wasn’t anticipating such a long day, but it was worth it and the show looks great. Early in the day, Clara taught me all about attaching D- rings to my canvases and how to measure and space for my paintings. I am very pleased to have mastered these new skills. After many attempts and adjustments to my measurements, hanging and re-hanging, hanging and re-hanging, everything is in order and looks grand, if I do say so myself. I am excited to see what kind of response our show elicits.

Spine: Senior Exhibition: Installation

Eliza Murphy, Class of 2010

Spine: Installation December 4, 2009

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This morning we started installing “SPINE: Senior Exhibition” which features seniors Jessica Planos, Eliza Murphy, and Jenna Miller.  This exhibition has a wonderful diverse selection of work:  Eliza Murphy is exhibiting a series of large scale, self-portrait oil paintings.  Jenna Miller constructed a large scale installation piece which references architectural elements.  Jessica Planos is showing a series of letterpress books.

Spine: Senior Exhibition: Installation

Jenna Miller and Andrew Mowbray work on constructing a wooden structure for her installation piece titled Frame.

Spine: Senior Exhibition: Installation

Moving segments of Jenna Miller’s installation work into the gallery turned out to be a five person job due to the fragility of the drywall material the segment was made out of. The segments will be attached to the wooden structure and then made to stand up with a pulley system attached to the ceiling of the gallery.

Spine: Senior Exhibition: Installation

Eliza Murphy works on figuring out measurements and spacing for her oil paintings. Since Jenna Miller’s work and Jessica’s work are both three-dimensional, this allowed Eliza to have use all of the wall space for her paintings. Given their large scale, this worked out perfectly.