FAU Presents Artist Talks and Gallery Walk With Nicolas Lobo and Tom Scicluna
BOCA RATON, FL (October 2, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s University Galleries in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present artist talks with Nicolas Lobo and Tom Scicluna on Saturday, October 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. The talks will start in the Schmidt Gallery on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. Lobo and Scicluna are exhibiting in the South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Fellowship Exhibition which is on display in the Schmidt and Ritter Galleries through Saturday, December 15. Both the artist talks and exhibition access are free and open to the public.
The South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Fellowship Exhibition is an annual exhibition presenting around eleven artists from southeast Florida who have won a prestigious grant made possible by the collaboration of five county cultural councils.
Each artist will give a half hour long talk to include examples of their past works and will also discuss their works in the Consortium exhibition. Both artists are sculptors who have created and executed works on site that they have designed in response to the spaces of the Schmidt Center Gallery and its adjoining public space, the Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space, a 200-foot long hallway lobby space. Both projects required discussions, negotiations and approvals from University officials before they could be completed. The artist's presentations will offer an opportunity for attendees to gain insight into seemingly unconventional practices in contemporary art.
Nicolas Lobo has created a low lying 30-foot long geometric sculpture titled “Slimer.” It is painted a green color that strongly contrasts with the brown wood colored floor it hovers above. The sculpture's elongated form seems to belong to a long line of modern abstract sculpture, yet its form has largely been determined by traffic patterns and public safety regulations. The sculpture was created in collaboration with the gallery’s installation staff, the framework being built by Lobo and the sheathing and finishing executed by the gallery’s installation crew as though they were making walls for an exhibition. Lobo is also showing “2,4 packs” at the Ritter Art Gallery.
For his contribution to the consortium exhibition, Tom Scicluna, who teaches sculpture and three-dimensional design at FAU, asked to remove the Schmidt Center Gallery's ceiling tiles and display them in another location. These fabric wrapped tiles normally cover more than half of the gallery's 22-foot high ceiling and their removal has left an unintended pattern of yellow glue spots throughout the ceiling. The tiles have been remounted on one wall of the Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space adjacent to Nicolas Lobo's sculpture. Scicluna is also installing another work in the Ritter Art Gallery that he has shown before. This work, “Untitled,” is a time counting L.E.D. sign with red lights programmed to countdown the time of the exhibition. The sign is installed facing the back wall of a darkened room that is now both literally and figuratively the final gallery of the exhibition.
The South Florida Cultural Consortium is funded in part with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, the Boards of County Commissioners of Broward, Miami-Dade, Martin and Monroe Counties, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. University Galleries programs are also made possible in part by the R.A. Ritter Foundation and Beatrice Cummings Mayer. For more information on the exhibition, call the galleries at 561-297-2966 or visit www.fau.edu/galleries.
-FAU-Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.