This week’s student art galleries vary in style, but both convey very personal meanings.
The colorful ,60s inspired ceramics capture people’s attention while the powerful message captures people’s minds in this week's student art galleries. Senior bachelor of fine arts student Corrie Wille produces art inspired by her struggle with depression.
Nestled on a vast nine-acre property, Matt Wedel works from a studio where he creates immaculate and colorful sculptures, largely reminiscent of the agricultural plains of Ohio. Although Wedel currently resides and builds sculptures on his acreage in Albany, Ohio, his roots as an artist were began at Long Beach State. Wedel has been immersed in art and the practice of ceramic making from an early age. His father was a potter and after studying and working with him throughout his childhood, Wedel decided to study sculpture at The Art Institute of Chicago. However, when beginning his master’s degree of fine arts in ceramics in 2006 at Long Beach State, Wedel says he was in for a rude awakening. “I learned that I didn’t really know how to make anything,” Wedel said. “While I feel like the Art Institute of Chicago taught me how to be an artist, Long Beach really pushed me to challenge myself and make things and taught me the true intensity of working hard as an artist.” Wedel said his time at Long Beach State laid the foundation as an artist and helped him develop the style of sculptures he makes and shows professionally today.
In many art exhibits, it is the similarities in artwork that brings a gallery together. But for Long Beach State ceramics majors Althea Fultz, Corrie Wille and Yoon Hwang, the dissimilarity in their artistic styles brought their exhibit “Odd Things” to life. Approached by Fultz and Wille with the idea to collaborate, Hwang already desired doing a student art gallery and liked the idea of combining their art together, despite their vastly different styles. “It was really random,” Hwang said. “I thought, ‘let’s see where this can go.’” The three worked to combine their styles — Fultz’s historically influenced pots, Hwang’s glazed green figures and Willie’s rainbow wall pieces. Each element of the gallery proves itself to be vastly different from the next, but the three believe that their exhibit is a juxtaposition worth experimenting with. Post-graduate art major Danielle Miceli appreciated this variation and especially favored Wille’s piece “Landscapes,” composed of nine rainbow ceramic wall sculptures in ambiguous shapes. “It’s definitely eye-popping and innovative,” Miceli said, motioning to Wille’s sculptures. “I haven't seen something like this at the school yet — they were definitely thinking outside the box.” Placed across from “Landscapes” are Hwang’s two glazed ceramic pots
Gallery "Odd Things" by Corrie Wille, Yoon Hwang and Althea Fultz showcases a broad range of work that the three believe to be very dissimilar in style. Due to the vast difference in artistic practices, the trio thought that the gallery would convey how ceramics could be used to create individualistic styles.