Faculty and staff displayed their art in Feldman-Horn Gallery from Nov. 4 to 20. Students in Video Art II and III also created media art with the theme “Time Over Space” for the first 3D media art showcase, which is being displayed from Dec. 9 to 13.
Faculty display artwork to community
Visual arts teacher Nicole Stahl said she was excited to see that faculty outside of the arts department were willing to participate in the showcase because many members of the community have creative sides which are not shown at school.
“One of the aspects I enjoy about showcasing my work to the school community is that it exhibits to students and faculty what is possible to create within our Harvard-Westlake art studios,” Stahl said.
Computer science teacher Andrew Theiss created a dodecahedron for the art show out of multiple two-way mirrors and LED lights to give the appearance that objects inside it seem farther away than they are in reality.
“I love art and spend the majority of my productive free time creating things with lights, mirrors and sound that I feel may be interesting,” Theiss said. “Sharing it with the school community is a great way to hear feedback, as well as understand ways in which art can be more captivating to participants.”
Students inspired by faculty members’ artwork
Sophia Nuñez ’20 said she was motivated by the work presented by the faculty to create her own art.
“I loved being able to see what the teachers make when they’re not here,” Nuñez said. “This show inspired me to experiment with new mediums and try new styles.”
In the past, students involved in 2D and 3D visual arts exhibited their artwork in the gallery throughout the year, whereas video and film students showcased their work on projectors in lecture halls. This year, visual arts substitute Reb Limerick said they wanted to inspire their digital art students to think beyond the 2D plane of the computer or projection screen and expand video art into the 3D space of the gallery.
“I think it’s important to celebrate creative experimentation and to bring what we create in the classroom to a larger audience,” Limerick said. “Students put so much of themselves into their artwork, it would be a shame for their videos to rot unwatched on Youtube. These students are working within an expansive view of time-based arts, and I’m excited for their mentors to have their minds blown.”