“Consider the Source” exhibit opens at the Boise Art Museum

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While exploring the source of their art and the elements used in making it, artists worked with materials from metal, paper and glass to pigment, silk, clay and gelatin in the new exhibit at the Boise Art Museum.

The BAM welcomed its new exhibit “Consider the Source” Saturday, Oct. 14.This exhibit is based on the museum’s Art Cards that were selected in 2014 as part of the BAM’s Permanent Collection.

The inspiration for the exhibition is the set of Art Cards called “In Your Element,” which featured works connected in some way to the elements of earth, air, fire or water.

“‘Consider the Source’ expands on that concept and explores the materiality of art objects,” said BAM Executive Director of Melanie Fales.

Darren Waterson, Origins, 2002, encaustic on wood panel with oil varnish, 84″ x 60″, Gift of Driek and Michael Zirinksy in Memory of Violet Maud and Ludwig Bersch, Boise Art Museum Permanent Collection. Copyright Darren Waterson.

The curators and educators at the Boise Art Museum worked to select art that would showcase a variety of different mediums. With the 27 artists represented, the vastly different pieces assist in the exhibit’s mission to explore the different elements and sources used in art, whether man-made or naturally occuring. Walking through the exhibit, each piece will allow the guest to explore the different ways in which the artists have utilized different materials in their work.

“Considering materiality gives a new dimension to the understanding of a work of art,” Fales said. “Boise State students may find it particularly interesting to discover how art and science connect and intersect in multiple ways.”

This exhibit in particular was put together with the aim of fostering learning and an appreciation of art.

“People want to understand the meaning and the context behind a work of art,” Fales explained. “Often, understanding how and with what an artwork is made further illuminates its meaning.”

The Boise Art Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. All students, faculty and staff of Boise State can get in free with their ID card.

Geared towards fostering learning and the love of art, this exhibit offers a gateway into the world of art for Boise State students looking to expand their horizons.


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