Art & Environment Gallery
November 7, at 4-5 p.m.
An upcoming exhibit titled "Upcycled Icons", featuring the work of John Gutoskey, John Gutoskey is an artist and designer. Early in his career, John worked as a costume designer and as a specialist in costume crafts. He worked on productions in New York City and across the US in theater, opera, dance, film, and television. He also taught classes in millinery, mask making, and fabric dyeing at the University of Michigan in the Department of Theater. In the 1990‘s, John went back to school and became certified in various forms of therapeutic bodywork and meditation. At this same time, he returned to his studio with a newfound interest in making art on his own terms, and it resulted in an outpouring of new work. Exploring the media of assemblage and “found” objects, he was inspired by the works of Joseph Cornell, Betye Saar, Lucas Samaras, outsider art, Art Brut, and religious art to evolve his own unmistakable style: a perfect mirror for his gregarious, highly animated personality. The obsessive collector in Gutoskey met the trained visual artist half-way. John earned his bachelor of fine arts in theater design and sculpture from Webster University in St. Louis. He is currently a third year MFA candidate in The Penny Stamps School of Art & Design where he is studying printmaking and working on a certificate in LGBTQ Studies. Read more...
ABOUT THE GALLERY:
The Art & Environment Gallery opened in February 2012 to draw more attention to the influence of art in shaping our understanding of science and nature.
It features local and national artists whose work speaks to how people interact and understand the environment. The exhibits rotate about every eight weeks and are presented in five showcases in the Dana Building’s first floor commons. “This gallery will draw attention to the intersecting values, both artistically and scientifically, of art and the environment,” said Sara Adlerstein, an associate research scientist at SNRE and gallery organizer and curator.
“Because of the way SNRE’s curriculum embraces interdisciplinary fields, it is a natural place to host this gallery. We are bringing art to our school to strengthen our sense of community and facilitate dialogue among students, faculty and staff in the spirit of green-building philosophy," Adlerstein added.
Each show features an opening talk by the artist followed by a reception.