There’s a new exhibit up at the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education. The artist, Aaron S. Coleman, is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Arizona. He states that this exhibition, “Nothin’ To See Here”, was unplanned. He had a great deal of reference material laying around his studio, which I’m certain many of us can relate to, and he decided to put it to good use making collages.
During February’s First Friday event, I browsed the gallery and got an up close and personal look at the amazing installation. From far away, it almost looks like the artist sketched each scene, then picked specific parts to color. However, a closer look reveals that each element was clipped and added separately. From grand staircases, to tiny fire extinguishers and exit signs, Coleman paid exceptional attention to detail.
Each image has a theme, and many of them leave you asking what is taking place? One in particular shows a man getting ready to fall over a bannister and another man behind him, arms outstretched. But what is unclear is whether he was reaching out to help, or possibly the cause of the impending doom. My personal favorite features a volcano in the background, in a brilliant orange color, with onlookers in the forefront.
If you’ve not yet made it to Zarrow to see the exhibition, don’t panic! It will be featured again at the March First Friday event, from 6pm-9pm. You can also visit the gallery any Thursday-Saturday during their regular hours, 12pm-6pm. The installation comes down March 27th, so make sure to stop by prior to that. Despite the title, there is certainly something to see here.
Museum Science and Management student Emily Caselman