Student Co-Curated Art Exhibit Opens


Photo courtesy of Julia Zabinska ’18

On April 26, the art show curated by senior Abby Wade ’16 finally opened. Abby had been working on this project since Mrs. Jennifer McCandless offered to teach a student how to curate during her junior year. Abby said, “The experience was presented to me and I jumped at the chance.” Throughout this long process, Mrs. McCandless helped Abby learn everything that goes into curating an art show. All of the artwork was chosen online from local New England artists.


I went to the gallery during a free with a friend, and we thought that all of the art was very interesting. Before I analyze some of the art, I would like to make it clear that I thoroughly enjoyed the gallery and that I am extremely unartistic.


One sculpture that stuck out to us was a robot wearing pool floaties, entitled Lil Nemo. The contrast between the austerity of the robot and the polychromatic floaties was really intriguing. The eyes were also really realistic, and therefore rather creepy and awesome. We also tried to figure out the meaning of the sculpture. My severe lack of artistic knowledge has led me to believe that all art must say something meaningful, like about society. After a solid five minutes examining it and contemplating the possible significance of a robot wearing pool floaties, I determined that it is really just a robot wearing pool floaties.


Prim and Proper is another interesting sculpture of two people sitting across from each other at a long table. They do not have legs and they are wearing fancy clothes. The extreme detail of the people and sculpture overall, and the combination of metal and clay, left me to examine it for several minutes. The overarching color is purple and there seems to be tension between the pair. Once again, I did not understand this sculpture so I came up with my own storyline. First I thought that this is a normal dinner in the future. We have evolved to not need legs and purple is everywhere because it’s clearly the superior color. It is also quite possible that the two people are getting a divorce because the man copied the lady by dying his hair purple and the lady did not appreciate the form of flattery. This accounts for the seeming animosity between the lady and man. Regardless of the meaning, I loved the intricacy of the people, starkness of the table, and how the artist went so far as to include a chandelier hanging above.


One last sculpture that I really identified with was an amazing sculpture of a man’s head. He is bald and the face is extremely realistic and honestly quite creepy; with really only color in the eyes and lips, the rest of the sculpture is rather sallow. His seemingly confused and sad expression is probably from a moment of the artist’s life. Personally, it instantly made me think of how my face probably often looks in my A2A class- probably after I read the first question of a problem set.


All joking and terrible art critiquing aside, the gallery really is wonderful and is definitely what you make of it. I easily spent my free period there and was simply amazed by all of the art. I strongly recommend that if you have yet to visit the gallery, do so soon. And please try to come up with better interpretations of the art than mine.
To conclude, this gallery is a prime example of the unique experiences that we as Loomis students have at our disposal. Don’t miss out on a new opportunity. And whatever you might be interested in, Loomis can allow you to gain first hand experience that will be with you for the rest of your life.