Day of the Dead Steamroller Prints and More…

This year the UM printmakers and community artists carved and printed over 50 different images for the Steamroller Print Project, creating some 240+ large scale prints. Some of the prints are currently on display at the University Center, and will also be featured in the Festival of the Dead Parade on Sunday, beginning at 6:00 pm. Click HERE to view a slide show of this year’s project. Professor Bailey shot video of both the printing process and the parade:

Click HERE to watch a short video produced by The University of Montana’s School of Journalism and narrated by Department of Art Professor Rafael Chac√≥n.

ART EVENTS:

Art Department Graduate Student KENSUKE YAMADA is currently exhibiting works in The University Center Gallery. Ken’s exhibition, “Reconfiguration” will run until November 25 with an opening reception on Thursday, November 6 at 5pm.

Be sure to attend the Department of Art’s exhibition “Robert DeWeese: A Look Ahead” from November 6 to the 11th in the Gallery of Visual Arts. The exhibition, comprised of selections from the Robert DeWeese Collection at the Holter Museum of Art, is organized by the Holter Museum and tours under the auspices pf the Museum and Art Gallery Directors Associations-Montana (MAGDA).

The Ceretana Gallery will host an opening reception for their newest exhibition “pink in montana” on Friday, November 7th from 5-8pm. The exhibition includes works from Department of Art graduate students EVA CHAMPAGNE, SARAH MELVILLE and REBECCA WEED as well as former students ALEX KRAFT (MFA 2006) and JONATHAN MARQUIS (BFA 2006). Click HERE to learn more about the Pink Week project.

VISITING ARTIST:

The Department of Art is honored to present ceramic and installation artist Sadashi Inuzuka for a day of demonstrations and discussion on Wednesday, November 5, 2008. Inuzuka’s demonstrations will take place in the Art Annex building, room 129 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, with a break from 12:00 to 2:00 pm for lunch, followed at 6:15 pm by the lecture and presentation of his work in the Social Sciences Building, room 356. The public is invited, and there is no admission charge. This event is made possible by the Jim and Jane Dew Visiting Artist Fund.

Sadashi Inuzuka’s installations address the artist’s concerns about ecological imbalances, and the relationship between humans and the rest of nature. Each work is created with the intent to transform an ordinary, sterile space into a meditative haven. While many of the installations are large scale, upwards of 6,000 feet, they are inhabited by often hundreds of unique, detailed, totemic ceramic objects made by hand. These objects are based on his ideas of life forms, not on photographs of naturally occurring species. The making of so many of these forms is time-consuming, repetitive and laborious. This part of the process, described by the artist as “obsessive,” absorbs him in the “momentum of making.” By immersing himself in the work, Inuzuka blurs the distinction between self and whole. You can watch Mr. Inzuka discuss his work here: