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Art exhibitions open in SMC Moreau Galleries

Nikki Taylor | Friday, January 22, 2010

Three new exhibitions in the Moreau Art Gallery in Moreau Center for the Arts on Saint Mary’s campus will be opening tonight. The installations will feature work from three contemporary artists.

Katrine Hildebrandt’s drawing installation titled “Above, Below and Within” is premiering in the Sister Rosaire Gallery. Hildebrandt uses mixed mediums along with drawing and installation to create her artwork.

“As an artist I investigate the world through a philosophical and scientific lens, using data or specimens as models or metaphors in order to examine a philosophical concept,” Hildebrandt says on her Web site.

Painter Cara Erskine’s show “Waldo,” which is full of bright and colorful pieces, is being featured in the Little Theater Gallery. She is influenced by “light, storms and the expansive landscape” in her paintings, College art professor and gallery curator Krista Hoefle said.
Erskine’s exhibition features two 24-foot paintings of Waldo Tunnel from the exit off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, which lean against the wall, Erskine wrote on her blog.

Both Erskine and Hildebrandt installed their own exhibits, as they are installation based, Hoefle said.

“The goal is to transfer how you do artwork,” Hoefle said. “[Erskine] experimented with leaning paintings up on casts of paint cans to add to the effect. The leaning gives the paintings a physicality making it more imposing.”

The Hammes Gallery features an exhibition of video and photography by Robert Ladislas Derr entitled “The World Isn’t Always Round.”

The exhibition follows the high quality contemporary artwork the gallery usually displays.
“The goal of the space is to bring contemporary artwork to campus and give a wide range of styles. It also serves the classes of the art department,” Hoefle said.
Hoefle enjoys contemporary art and enjoys the gallery shows for what they invoke in others.

“People are always questioning why. Art attempts to shake things up,” she said.
The exhibition officially opens tonight with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served and all of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance. The show runs until Feb. 19.

This is the first major show of the semester and will be followed by the senior art major comprehensive projects.