School of Art Announces Sculptor Allyn Massey Exhibition of ‘Float’

Posted: September 1, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: August 31, 2010 at 3:14 pm

The School of Art presents sculptor Allyn Massey’s new exhibition titled “Float,” which will be on display Sept. 1–24 in the Fine Art Gallery in the Art and Design Building on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. An opening reception will be held in the gallery on Wednesday, Sept. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Float” features numerous large-scale installations that use ordinary materials such as paper, rubber, steel, fabric and water. Massey chooses these materials for both their emotional weight and formal properties, finding meaning in what the materials suggest and signify.

She often pairs materials with their metaphorical or physical opposites, allowing for multiple interpretations by the viewer. Massey is inspired by the ancient cave dwellers who drew familiar objects and places on cave walls, preserving human history for centuries.

“Artists from Paleolithic times have been using an unchanging context to relive the fleeting moment,” says Massey, who has observed that people throughout history have always used art to leave behind permanent reminders of their way of life.

“Early humans in caves made marks and drew images to make sense of their world … to develop an intimacy with nature we can only begin to understand.”

“Massey’s installations continue in our collective memories as a tone that lingers beyond the initial sound, as a primordial place in which objects take on the same texture as the space itself,” adds Walter Kravitz, the gallery director.

An associate professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Goucher College in Baltimore, Massey received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Corcoran School of Art in 1986 and a master of fine arts degree from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1989.

She is the recipient of several awards and grants, including the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and a summer research grant through Goucher College to study in Japan. She has had numerous solo shows at galleries and universities throughout Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The Fine Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Art and Design Building and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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