Closer to the edge

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By Corinne Love

Linda Undell’s “Sacred Earth,” Mike Tracy’s “Carnival” and Alyssa Monks’ “Wait” spring to life in the Landis Gallery exhibit. (Christopher Ullyott)

By Corinne Love

Here is an almost unknown treasure at RCC: our Landis Art Center Gallery.

Most students know it’s there, but not everyone knows that it features riveting artwork.

Aptly titled, “On the Edge” features contemporary art portrayed in various mediums.

Mike Tracy’s work features robots, carnival themes, and a sense of confusion in his works.

Tracy’s portrait “Tin Man” is a bold piece, the central subject being a robot with a symbolic red heart.

Tracy’s artwork uses a hybrid of colors to emphasize a sense of chaos and juxtaposes technology and how people relate to a world brimming with technological advancement.

Linda Undell’s work also features vivid and rich colors dealing with modern life.

In the portrait “Global Warming,” a woman with green hair stares back at the viewer complacently.

Most of Undell’s work deals with nature, and it is reflected in her usage of vibrant colors, swirling shapes and lack of rigidity.

On the other side of the spectrum, Alyssa Monks almost real-life portraits look like actual photographs.

“Still” and “Wait,” both by Monks, feature women in a bath tub, looking off into space.

Both had to be covered however, due to the partial nudity when younger kids came into Landis for productions.

Marlaina Morteti, a student employee for the gallery, describes that many who view Monks pieces often remark in amazement.

An art major, Morteti commented that the reactions to the pieces rest in the viewer “trying to figure it out, is what so interesting about it.”

Lynn Davison’s “Sherry’s feet and hands” the prominent image at “On the Edge” leaves a lot untold. The hands and feet are encased in what appears to be plastic, but why are they encased?

The viewer is left to his or her own conclusion.

The pieces being shown in “On the Edge” are simply remarkable, and more students should stop by and see them. On estimate, Morteti says about 5 to 6 students show up daily, and these students are often art majors.

“It’s one of the best shows we’ve had,” says Morteti.

The “On the Edge: The Contemporary Figure” closing reception is April 22.

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