While walking through the Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition just before its opening reception on Thursday, Aug. 31, the only sound was the faint hum of conversation between early guests. With each movement, the wood floor creaked under foot, conveying the age of the Hemingway Center.
This scene is exemplary of two galleries that are available for viewing, one in room 110 of the Hemingway Center, the other in room 170 of the Liberal Arts Building. On display until Oct. 27, pieces of art serve to show the talent and hard work of faculty and introduce passersby to the Art Department.
Around a corner in the Hemingway Center exhibit, a monstrous orange with a familiar golden haircut and pursed lips waits, ready to accusingly stare down its next visitor. Suddenly, a whirring scream breaks the silence that was so poorly concealed by the cracks of floor boards and hushed conversation. Bringing the room to life, the peculiar hiss is not one of something going wrong, but rather, something going perfectly right.
The noise comes from a sculpture of wood, aluminum and steel made by Flint Weisser, adjunct professor of sculpture. Signaled by movement, the whirring is the sound made by a heater that is used to melt wax, which will, in theory, drip to the ground and create a new form of artwork.
“It’s kind of another way of collaborating with the audience,” Weisser said. “You’re viewing the work and you viewing it is destroying it, but then we’re creating something new together.”
The sculpture, according to Weisser, is meant to be a crossroad between performance and sculpture, the two forms of media coming together to engage the audience and produce something unique in the process.
The exhibition is not based solely on sculptures, however. On every wall, around every corner and even on some swaths of ground are different media created by Boise State art faculty members.
“A lot of the faculty are showing work that’s within the area they teach in, but not always, because contemporary artists work often with multiple media, or are sometimes just experimenting with something new,” said Kirsten Furlong, gallery director of the Visual Arts Center.
Photographs of family gardens and trips abroad mingle with paintings and ceramics, while fabric and cloth make up various pieces. According to Furlong, attending the exhibition is a good way to get acquainted with the Art Department.
“If people aren’t familiar with the Art Department or any of the faculty, it’s a really good introduction to the kind of work that is being done,” Furlong said.