“Nine Tongues and No Title” is the name of this year’s EWU BFA Senior Exhibition, an art gallery featuring the work of graduating seniors enrolled in Eastern’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. The exhibit is currently open and free to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located in Eastern’s Art Building.
“There’s lots of energy,” said Nancy Hathaway, director of the gallery, on the exhibition.
Hathaway said that this gallery of art projects is not a specific class assignment for any of the artists, but rather a final product of their efforts for all to see.
After coming into the main entrance of the Art Building, a viewer will see paintings and digital photography gracing either side of the large main room. After traveling straight past this room, another main gallery follows, which contains even more art and different styles of work.
Senior Marc Morris’s works can be seen in both rooms, and his theme is a representation of the way drugs are connected to our culture, and that theme is presented through the lens of Louis Vuitton, the French luxury fashion and leather brand. His large, movie-poster-like digital photos display models presenting different drug paraphernalia, such as razor blades, needles and pills.
Morris’s models have circles around their eyes. “Since the ’80s, models have been using cocaine and heroin,” said Morris. He said that in recent times, models have even tried to recreate the drug-eye-circle look with makeup.
Morris says he wants the viewer to understand how the relationship between consumer and culture is really related to drugs.
Another artist, Jessica LaPrade, has paintings displayed at the exhibition that are of all different colors and made from different materials. For example, her first painting seen by someone just entering the gallery, “Remnants,” is made from oil, acrylic, spray paint and beeswax, all set on plywood.
LaPrade’s other paintings are of similar style but have different colorful themes; the other paintings include “Melt,” “Lagoon,” “Cave” and “Intersection.” LaPrade, like Morris, has worked in both of the main gallery rooms.
The second gallery room is circular and is centered by a round UFO-shaped plaster disc that is suspended from the center of the ceiling. The plaster slowly waves back and forth above the other works of art.
The plaster was created by Jordan Eberly, who also has three other “oil on canvas” paintings in the second room.
There is a myriad of different styles of artwork on display in the gallery. One work of archival digital print, “Sleeping,” by Devon Kelley, features a large black and white photo which shows a dead animal lying alongside a road, wrapped in a white blanket.
Another display, which is a series of three similar digital prints by Ethan Churchill, consists of bright neon-like circles and dots which are repeated throughout the work numerically.
The works of art go from simple to complicated, and bright to dark. In fact, one set of works, Cori McWilliams’s “Untitled” series, is simply pieces of plywood with white paint and pink coloring drawn onto it.