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Art exhibit debuts at Moreau Art Galleries

| Thursday, February 9, 2017

Regin Igloria’s “Pending Travel” art showcase has moved to Saint Mary’s College. The showcase reception took place Wednesday night with the visiting artist interacting with students.

The exhibit taking place at Saint Mary’s Moreau Art Galleries is composed of mainly three-dimensional pieces made of materials taken from everyday life, including sushi grass, bicycle parts and coffee dispensers. Other pieces included were mixed media sketchbooks.

Igloria said his art is about movement of the psychological and physical spaces in life, which he combines to portray the human condition.

“All of the work that I’ve done has been about movement of some sort,” Igloria said.

Assistant art professor Ian Weaver, a longtime colleague of Igloria, invited him to display his work at the college.

“He’s been familiar with my work over the years and we go way back 20-something odd years,” Igloria said.

Senior Ally Pudlo thought Coffee Cart — made from wood, casters, milk crates, fabrics and coffee dispensers — was a well-made piece.

“I like the coffee cart the most just because I like coffee,” Pudlo said.

Sophomore Hannah Spencer said she liked the mixed media sketchbooks.

“Those are really interesting to flip through and see how they connect between pages,” Spencer said.

Junior Stephanie Stapleton works for the gallery and said she liked Igloria’s book cart containing books he’s bounded.

“I really like his book compilation sculpture,” Stapleton said. “It’s large and contains all the books he’s binded during his years.”

Stapleton thought the displays were interesting because they made her feel the movement of Igloria’s pieces.

“I think it’s a really interesting diversion from regular sculptural installations because it really leads the eye, you kind of have to follow it around the room you can’t just stick with one piece,” Stapleton said. “It has a lot of movement.”

While some students found the displays interesting, others were confused by the modern art. Senior Leah Alday was not sure how she felt about the display.

“I don’t fully understand it, but that’s how I feel about more modern art pieces,” Alday said.

Igloria enjoyed meeting students and introducing them to his artwork.

“It’s really just nice to be able to talk to young artists and students,” Igloria said. “And so I’m always just looking forward to expanding the conversation that I have with my work with a different audience.”

Stapleton also liked the reception because she could meet with the artist.

“I like to come to these things, make connections,” Stapleton said. “Everyone should come to gallery events because they’re always really cool.”

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