By Viviana Vidal
To kick off the new year, the Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery has selected Florida-based artist Michael Covello for a site-specific installation running this semester from Thursday, Feb. 5 to Thursday, March 5.
The exhibition entitled “The Triangles Between the Leaves” is the sixth site-specific installation at the Miller Gallery. A committee of university officials chose Covello out of over 100 applicants from around the globe. Every year, propositions are sent out to a wide range of artists and designers to install an original on-site production.
According to a statement given to hyperallergic.com, “by putting the viewer on the wrong track, Covello tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multilayered way.”
Covello’s works are commonly described as, “antagonistic, provocative, and psychologically-charged.” A press release issued by the Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery states that his artwork “confronts the contemporary political relationship between image and viewership, as well as the delicate balance between accumulation and destruction.”
The abstract artist holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Cornell University and a Master’s in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida. He currently resides in Tampa, Fla.
As a chosen artist in residency at the gallery, Covello was awarded $7,500 in order to compensate for materials and production costs. With the assistance of KU students and community volunteers, the artist will convert the gallery space in the Sharadin Building into an exclusive and captivating installation for the opening reception on Feb. 5.
There will also be a public lecture given at 7 p.m. on the night of the reception. The event is free and open to the public.
Those interested in viewing “The Triangles Between the Leaves” may visit the Miller Gallery during the week from Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.