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Sabbatical exhibition inspired by Italy

Posted on February 6, 2014 | in A&E, Culture | by

Lane instructor showcases art in Building 11 gallery

Two large mixed-media pieces are hanging in the Building 11 art gallery, accompanied by a display of 102 photographs from art instructor Andy Salzman’s recent sabbatical.

The gallery will feature his work through Feb. 13.

“So the idea is these two pieces are the first that I’ve done … looking back at the sabbatical,” Salzman said. “I started these in September and worked on them in the fall.”

The pieces deal primarily with wood, clay and a metal piece that takes up an entire wall.

“I’m interested in materials, I’m interested in the mechanics of building those materials, but also the freedom I can get from those open materials to build a pretty clear narrative,” he said.

Salzman typically teaches three-dimensional art at Lane, including pottery and sculpture.

“The narrative I have to talk about falls a little short with pottery,” he said.

Salzman spoke about his work during a Jan. 22 reception in the gallery. More than 50 students, faculty and staff attended.

Salzman said this trip, which took him from Wisconsin to Minneapolis to New York City to Florence, Italy, to Rome, was a time for personal reflection. “I couldn’t possibly teach if I didn’t work in my studio, and I couldn’t possibly be in my studio if I didn’t teach,” he said.

The Building 11 adjacent gallery features a photography exhibition by Guillermo Penafiel, who taught Salzman during his undergraduate studies in Wisconsin.

“So the last part of this whole little journey, my wife made sure that I found myself close to all the educational points in my life that were important,” Salzman said, which includes his time studying under Penafiel.

“We had invited him to apply for the show a while ago,” he said. “I haven’t talked to him in 14 years, and the pressure was on.”

Gallery visitors left mixed reviews in the gallery guest book.

“In the comment books, people slime me for putting snapshots in there,” he said. “If you had snapshots this good, you should display them too.”

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