Glassell School: Departmental Focus

This exhibit at the Glassell School of Art is officially titled “Departmental Focus – Ceramics & Photography”, however, after viewing it, I think a more accurate title is “The Guy Show”. In art, female figurative work is much more popular than male (from an historical perspective) so coming across a large amount of male figurative pieces is a (pleasant) change. I’m not sure who curated this exhibit but they have my thanks.

(I’m sharing with you all the information provided at the exhibit. Not all artists provided contact information or an artist statement – TO THEIR DETRIMENT! There were no sizes or prices posted. I’ve contacted the artists I could and asked for prices. I’ll update this post as I receive additional information.)

Michael Patrick O’Brien’s work is very directed/cohesive. O’Brien was a fraternity member and therefore had unrestricted access to his subject. It seems he took advantage of this and created some stunning images in the process. Both respectful and revealing, they provide an inside view of this quasi-private world. I contacted O’Brien and learned that the edition size is 18. Contact O’Brien by email at OBrienMichaelPat@gmail.com; no website was apparent at the exhibit. Please mention HALT713 if you contact the artist!

Nancy Liscum doesn’t provide an artist statement so I am left wondering where this body of work comes from. The documentary images have a warmth and intimacy which indicate a strong connection between photographer and subject. Contact Liscum by email at Nancy.Liscum@gmail.com; no website was apparent at the exhibit. Please mention HALT713 if you contact the artist!

Chris Comperry demonstrates bravado in creating self portraits and portraits of others. Particularly in the context of the Glassell School of Art. These images are where I may lose you if you are easily offended; please know that is NOT my intent. Rather, Comperry’s imagery of the natural male is at once casual and intimate. I contacted Comperry regarding pricing and received an answer that doesn’t define any well-defined plan of numbering prints. The starting price of $200 seems quite high to me since his exhibition history is not available but if you love the work, you should contact him. Contact Comperry at 281/935-6613; no website or email were apparent at the exhibit. Please mention HALT713 if you contact the artist!

Thomas L. Baird Jr. is represented here because I classify these images as obliquely masculine. The shapes, forms and use of light. Speaking in the visual vocabulary of historical photographers such as Aaron Siskind, Baird’s images are universally appealing, I think. Contact Baird by email at TBaird@golftec.com; no website was apparent at the exhibit. Please mention HALT713 if you contact the artist!

Adil Gokturk is represented by one image here because I thought it was quite captivating. Contact Gokturk by email at HadilGokturk@gmail.com; no website was apparent at the exhibit. Please mention HALT713 if you contact the artist!

Traci Matlock, unfortunately, didn’t provide any information on her or her work so we just have the images to enjoy.

(All photos by Matt Adams.)

One thought on “Glassell School: Departmental Focus

  1. Solid work. I need to get over there myself to look at these as I was a student at Glassell forever. Michael Patrick O’Brien really should look at going to some reviews and he should look at publishing a book. Seven years of work with this subject would honestly be fascinating to those not in the greek system.

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