By Raven Shellman
The Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery will be opening a new show on Sept. 19 with John Cunningham’s “HYPOSTYLE.”
An architect, designer and educator based out of Brooklyn, N.Y., Cunningham is using welded steel and plastic construction mesh netting “to investigate formal and spatial potential of the peripheral components of urban building assembly,” as stated on the Miller Gallery website. The piece, “HYPOSTYLE,” is an exploration of form, scale, materiality and tectonic expectations.
The piece was picked based on artistic merit, impact and experiences that the student body will gain from the installation. It also has a strong component of student involvement and heavily relating to the Miller Gallery’s mission statement: “the gallery itself will present exhibitions that will directly enhance the artistic and philosophical development of our students and will contribute to the lives of residents within our service area.”
“HYPOSTYLE” is site-specific meaning that when Cunningham was designing his piece, he had to take the Miller Gallery’s size and location into account. Art students and volunteers are going to help construct the installation while Cunningham is here during his residency with the Miller Gallery and university. His residency starts on Sept. 6 and lasts until Sept.19 when the installation is officially open and on view for the public eye.
Miller Gallery Director Karen Stanford stated, “The installation will allow future artists the opportunity to work alongside a professional who works in large scale installations. Cunningham will give them insight on how his ideas materialize with digital plans and partnering with fabricators. For the non-artist, it will provide an appreciation for the ways that basic materials can be transformed when you get creative with problem-solving.”
Stanford also stated “that the gallery overall is a great opportunity for students in the arts to make connections with the artist, possibly even become close friends or colleagues. Students often times will stay connected to the artist by following them on social media, allowing them to reach out to do studio visits, collaborate on projects and curate exhibitions together.”
This is what Cunningham is trying to do with the installation and why he and his piece were chosen to be presented.
On Sept. 19, there will be an opening reception and public lecture by Cunningham himself. The reception will start at 4 p.m. and last until 6 p.m., and the public lecture will start afterward at 6:30 p.m. and last until 7:30 p.m. Students of all majors and members of the public are invited to attend the free event.
Cunningham, will arrive on Friday, Sept. 6 and start working through the weekend. All students are welcome, any major or skill level, to volunteer. If interested stop by the Miller Gallery in the Sharadin Art Building to sign up.
“HYPSOSTYLE” will be available for viewing in The Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery until Nov. 10. The Miller Gallery’s hours are as follows: Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., closed Monday, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.