Artwork by: C.O.C.C. Student Artist
Photography by: Nicole Paris-Johnson
Are you missing the Octopus?
The octopuses wrestling gorillas on giant four foot cubes in the rotunda of the library last month might have become a familiar sight for some students. Maybe you are still envisioning those mollusks when you close your eyes?
If you took the time to stroll around to the other sides of the cubes, you may have noticed the deep sea divers,delicate rose patterns and the ghostly circus -like portraits.Like the cubes themselves, the rest of the show had a lot to offer. There were spectacular images of machinery done in blues and yellows, spooky and well-executed portraits of dark thoughts, blue stained hands and flesh on flesh.
Next to the sparking painting of pyrotechnics was a pink-toned room that I wanted to walk in to. Small framed woodcuts, totems of transformation and decorated skateboards also circled the walls of the library rotunda. Frequent library goers will remember that show. Some even took the time to climb the stairs and stare into the eyes of of the portrait of someone with persistent thoughts.
Ten years of teaching and ten years of learning coalescing in a single show, was quite impressive.
The !0 show has dispersed now, the pieces have retraced their steps back to their creators. Another exhibit has taken its place.
But art continues to pour from the classrooms in Pence.There will be a student art exhibit for the 2011 art students starting in May. Make your way up the hill and see what talent and a desire to create has inspired in your fellow students.
The art was gathered by Bill Hoppe, associate professor of art, as a way of marking his ten-year tenure. The pieces were diverse and the styles wide-ranging just like the students have been over the years. Hoppe is a successful artist and has inspired a decade worth of students who feel lucky to have him here at COCC.
“My students’ struggles… and even the smallest successes… remind me of where I have been and what is required of me to be a lifelong artist,” according to Hoppe’s webpage at COCC.