Paintings by artist Alex Schmitz are now installed in the Biblio Gallery, located on the 4th floor of Bird Library. Schmitz is a graduate student in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.
In his artist statement about the exhibit, Schmitz writes, “As a child, I used to put my toys away in laundry baskets. Years later, the baskets have resurfaced in my creative practice as receptacles for contents less innocent. Simple one-point perspective and the hypnotic symmetry of a mundane object are formal tools that invite viewers to pause for contemplation. The baskets transform into tabernacles of purity wherein the contents, far from sacred, are presented as ambiguously clean or dirty. By addressing issues of repressed childhood sexuality, the work engages with societal taboos such as circle jerks, inappropriate touching, and self absorption in the form of a phallic object. The intention of the work is to create portable sanctuaries that make visible rituals of longing without fulfillment.”
The Biblio Gallery hours coincide with those of the 4th floor; click here for library hours. The display will be in place through mid-November, 2010.