Rod Strickland

Hide these lights under a bushel

Can even the ugliest object generate aesthetic pleasure or interest?

Students in a class taught by visual arts professors Rod Strickland and Zeke Moores are finding out. A course assignment for the students in Studio Practice and Ideas: Space involves the creation of an “ugly” lamp.

The exhibition of their works is currently on display in the LeBel Building’s SoVA Projects gallery.

Do-it-yourself dwelling design topic of discussion

Windsor based artist and School of Visual Arts professor Rod Strickland will offer examples and basic instruction on how to build a radically sustainable building from recycled materials in a public presentation entitled “Talking About Earthships” on Tuesday, June 26, in downtown Windsor.

His lecture will draw on Strickland’s experiences working with the Earthship Biotecture of architect Michael Reynolds and begins at 7 p.m. in the Community Innovation through Vital Interaction and Collaboration (CIVIC) Space, at 411 Pelissier Street.

Visual art students itching to burn fire sculptures

It will take more than a little rain to dampen the spirits of art students participating in the Fahrenheit Festival of Fire Sculpture this weekend. The event, presented by the Artcite gallery, involves the creation of wood and straw structures that are set alight.

Members of professor Rod Strickland’s third-year sculpture class plan to build and burn three pieces.

“I am definitely excited. This is my first time putting an artwork out there for the public,” says BFA student Patrick Bodnar.

He says the medium of fire is unpredictable.

Faculty exhibition explores artistic collaboration

The public is invited to a couple of events on Thursday, September 15, celebrating the opening of Collaboration, the 2011 faculty exhibition in the School of Visual Arts.

Both events are set for the LeBel Building’s SoVA Projects Gallery. Participating artists will be on hand for a lunchtime discussion starting at noon and a reception will run from 5 to 7 p.m.

Among the collaborators are: