Katherine Wilk
Jeff Alexander

The student food exhibit located in the Bonnie Hurlburt Student Center was not a typical display. In the open lobby of the Bonnie, student’s three-dimensional sculptures decorated the tables between sitting areas. The exhibit held only sculptures made by students at Radford University, with the subject of food. Food either acted as a medium or a theme.

The artists were students in Art 205. The overall gallery environment was nothing like a traditional exhibit, knowing the Bonnie is a place students usually go to eat, not look at art. The different direction the artists took drew many students to this exhibit.

While traditional galleries are mainly adorned with paintings with vague descriptions under the pieces, it’s sometimes difficult to realize what the painting is depicting. However, when you walk into the Bonnie, the first thing you notice is the sculptures. The descriptions that lay beside the figures give a strong sense of thinking behind the artists’ pieces. Next to each work of art, there was a description that explained how it was made, what it was made of, where the idea came from and how the artist felt about the finished product. There wasn’t any background information on any of the artists, or their style, but each sculpture displayed aspects of their personalities.

The piece that was most noticeable the huge gummy bear made of, you guessed it, gummy bears. This piece specifically leads you to explore the rest of the sculptures.

Even the food theme was very unique. Most of the sculptures were made out of food while a couple used other items to create a food object.

Another attention-grabbing piece was called La Tour Eiffel de Pretzels, by Katie Franklin. Franklin explained a jewelry holder shaped like the Eiffel Tower was her inspiration. She ran with the idea, using only pretzels and hot glue to create a food replica of the tower. The sculpture was about two feet high and a foot wide. The strong architecture of the piece really had this artwork standing above the rest, literally. It looked like it would have been fun to build.

The third sculpture that stood out was titled Waterfall Landscape, by Latoya Tousant. This clearly had a lot of talented work behind it. It was one of the only pieces in the exhibit that was made mostly of materials outside of the food group. It depicted a waterfall ending in a pond. The waterfall was made out of cream cheese and was falling from mountains made from dough. The pond was made from resin epoxy, which gave it a shinny, rippled and realistic look.

Overall, the Bonnie’s student exhibit gave reality and creativity to the classes many students take. Demonstrating the abilities of students and having their work displayed in an atmosphere unlike other art exhibits made this one interesting.

[This article was published in the April 28, 2010 issue of The Tartan. It was also published online April 27.]