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3-D art shown at 842

Jan. 27, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's Gallery 842 is hosting a joint exhibition of 3-D art by Rick Wolhoy and Anthony Smith from now through February.

Gallery 842 is a off campus commercial art gallery that displays works by local and regional artists. The gallery is free and open to the public. It is located at 842 4th Ave., in Huntington.

The exhibit opened on Friday, Jan. 18, and will run through Feb. 22.

"Gallery 842 is one of our two art galleries downtown, the other being the Birke Art Gallery at Smith Hall," said Byron Clercx, director of the School of Art and Design at Marshall. "We are currently displaying three dimensional art, but we may feature paints or prints in coming weeks. It's a gallery for all types of art. We sometimes feature student art, and sometimes it's people from across the country. It's open to all art forms.

"Three-dimensional art refers to all art from sculpture to woodwork that is 'in the round,'" Clercx added. "Typically when one looks at paintings you're observing, when you interact with sculpture, it's a physical interaction."

Smith is the current shop manager technician at the sculpture lab and is an adjunct professor in the School of Art and Design. Wolhoy is a Marshall graduate and adjunct faculty member.

Wolhoy grew up in a family dedicated to construction and real estate development. His work series entitled "Anthropometry" is a combination of wood sculpture and conventional painting.

"Wolhoy's work has an interesting dialog between these objects and the wall pieces," Clercx said. "They mirror kind of relationships between the relationships you might see between viewers of paintings," Clercx said. "There's a dialog between the wall piece and three dimensional object in space. It mirrors the relationship between viewers in the gallery and paintings. They are abstract and whimsical."

Smith's separate exhibit is a piece called 60'6" and is a laminated wood sculpture.

"The curves of the wood are meant to evoke the stitching of a baseball," said John Farley, director of galleries at Marshall. "It's titled for the distance between a pitching mound and home plate."

Smith suffered a severe brain injury at the age of 12 when a baseball crushed into his skull. His works are inspired by the concepts of lost memories and childhood.

"We were all kids at one time and at one point we all forgot to be," Smith said about his piece. "I arrived in Huntington after teaching in China right out of grad school. I wanted to join forces with one of Marshall's past graduates so when the committee asked us if we wanted to put some work in the downtown gallery this exhibition came together.

"My work stems from brain injuries that I had," Smith added. "I've never broken a bone in my body, never sprained a muscle, but I've had three major head traumas during the ages of 10, 11 and 12. Each one of those injuries has somewhat clouded the way I perceive when I was a child and how I connect that past to today as an adult. I use games along with imagery of when I lost that moment."

Smith has been revisiting a few childhood references like Lincoln Logs and drawings.

"I start out with that imagery in hand from my mind and I sketch all day long," he said. "I keep a sketchbook by my bed in the middle of night in case I wake up with an idea. I try to build or plan-out a personal memory. A lot of it stems from this lost childhood I can't recapture. But it's not a sad story, in some ways it's a humorous story."

"It took 6 to 8 hours to install the piece at gallery 842," Smith added. "It wasn't easy because of the weather in Huntington, and I had to hand stitch little sleeves for every lamination to be moved into the gallery safely. Everything Gallery 842 is doing and will be doing has a lot of energy for a town like this. It's the kind of thing we need more of."

Gallery 842 will feature two more art exhibitions for the spring semester. Kaz McCue will have an exhibition from March 1 through April 5. Rick Silva's work will be on display from April 12 until May 17.

Gallery 842 is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 7 p.m. For more information on Gallery 842 and the Marshall College of Fine Art, email galleries@marshall.edu. You can also find them on www.facebook.com/MUcofa.

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