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Seton Art Gallery Unveils "Amalgamate" by Jeff Slomba

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West Haven, Conn., March 9, 2007 - The University of New Haven (UNH) and Seton Art Gallery present Amalgamate, an exhibition of large-scale, mixed-media sculptures and drawings by Jeff Slomba. Slomba's innovative work combines techniques of traditional sculpture with contemporary themes of adaptation and sustainability.  His sculptural hybrid forms morph together objects from his personal surroundings with figurative subjects that include himself and his family. 

 

When:   Exhibit: Thurs., March 22, 2007-Fri., April 20, 2007

             Seton Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri., 1-5 p.m., or by appointment.

             Opening Reception: Wed., March 28, 2007, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

             Artist Lecture: Wed., April 18, 2007, 3-4 p.m.

 

Where:  Seton Gallery, Dodd's Hall, UNH Campus.


Amalgamate, as both noun and verb, refers to the process and product of combining two or more things into a new, whole form. Slomba presents an installation of sculptural objects, each an imagined hybrid of disparate forms and structures. Implying processes of fusion, metamorphosis and accumulation, his recombined figurative, animal and architectural subjects resonate with questions of what is natural, what is constructed, and what is indigenous or inalienable to certain forms or sites.

Slomba's use of traditional sculpture vernacular of figuration and techniques of modeling, casting and carving, embeds his objects with a sense of history while they address contemporary themes of adaptation, sustainability and vulnerability.  Often employing combinations of larger-than-life and miniature scales, his mixtures of human forms and architecture appear to be monuments from a future wrought from the possibility and peril of anticipated changes in technologies, bodies and place. 

Slomba's source material, family members and local structures, makes his exploration both personal and public.  A family portrait of sorts, the exhibition includes a number of sculptures that not only present specific likenesses, but also explore the dynamics of interpersonal relationships and bodies inextricably linked with changing physical and cultural environments.

Slomba lives and produces his sculptures in West Haven, Conn. He was the recipient of a 2006 Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. Other recent awards include a Weir Farm Trust visiting artist grant, a residency award from the Artist Enclave at I-Park, East Haddam, Conn., and multiple Connecticut State University research grants. His work has been presented by the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Mass.; HEREart, New York, NY; Vose Galleries, Boston, Mass; Artspace, New Haven, Conn., and numerous college/university galleries in the eastern U.S.  Slomba has lectured extensively on contemporary figurative sculpture and is an assistant professor of art at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.

This exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information call 203-932-7446.

 

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