For its October Juried Exhibition Mechanical, the Alliance for the Arts asked artists to create new works “Operated or produced by a mechanism or machine which relate to, are produced by, or dominated by physical forces.” This simple definition provides a basis for submissions under a central theme while leaving a large amount of room for interpretation. What constitutes a machine, and what forces will be imposed upon them?
Mechanical opens with a reception on Friday, October 2 from 5-7PM. Awards will be announced for Best in Show with a prize of $100, 2nd Place winning $75, and 3rd Place winning $50. The exhibit will be on display from October 2 through October 31. Juror Jonas Stirner will host a gallery walk and talk on October 3 at 10 am. On display in the Member Gallery will be art by Katherine Boren. The Theatre Lobby will display art by Mahrea Cramer Lehman.
Featuring Works by:
Amy Matsumoto Urich
Kellen Beck Mills
Mechanical juror Jonas Stirner is a third generation metal artist. His father, a metal sculptor was an Art Professor at Moore and Tyler College. They often work together critiquing each other’s work. Jonas’s father was recently honored by having a park named after him, the “Karl Stirner Arts Trail” in Easton Pa. The work of Jonas Stirner defies logic, inspires change and accomplishes resolution.
Jonas worked directly with Robert Rauschenberg as an Artist Assistant for fifteen years on Captiva Island. During that time, Jonas had the opportunity to create his own sculpture on the grounds of Rauschenberg’s compound. Rauschenberg himself became a major collector of Jonas’s work and today the collection is maintained by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. http://www.jonasstirner.com/