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ODU Art Faculty Work on Display in Area Exhibits

Peter Eudenbach, Ferris Wheel (2006), detail. Styrene plastic and mixed media.

Sculptures by Peter Eudenbach and John Roth, both assistant professors of art at Old Dominion University, are currently on display at galleries in Roanoke and Norfolk. Also, Richmond's Style Weekly reviewed a recent exhibit by associate professor Richard Nickel.

Eudenbach's exhibit, "Cause and Effect," is showing at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, through Sunday, Feb. 14. Roth's exhibit, "Three Dimensional Works by John R.G. Roth," is at the Mayer Fine Art Gallery in Norfolk. An artist reception will be held Friday, Jan. 15, from 7-9 p.m.

Eudenbach has been described as a "conceptual artist who incorporates a variety of media in his investigations that transform the function and design of ordinary objects into serious play," and his exhibit is inspired by the Surrealists and DADA art movements from the early part of the 20th century. The exhibition will showcase "Time Transfixed," a re-do of the famous Rene Magrite work, and "Tours de Revolution," which mixes Ferris Wheels and Marcel Duchamp with Gustave Eiffel's Tour Eiffel, among other works.

According to his artist's statement, Roth's sculpture increasingly has been informed by thoughts about resources, commodities and consumption and their relationship to politics, world order and the natural environment. Roth's exhibit at the Mayer Gallery will include pieces from his "Speculative Naval Architecture" series of sculpture/furniture hybrids, which he describes as his "visceral response to the anthropomorphic aspects of machinery, vehicles, and buildings and sometimes serve as metaphors for my reflections upon conveyance and modes of communication."

"Songs of Children," an exhibition by Nickel, who teaches art education and ceramics at ODU, recently closed at the Metro Space Gallery in Richmond. A recent article about the exhibit appeared in Richmond's Style Weekly.

This article was posted on: January 4, 2010

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