paintings not on the wall
first-year professor has an interesting installation piece
on display at the University Art Gallery.
You suck, you blow.
Cameron Schoepp explores the literal act of breathing
in his exhibit at the University Art Gallery.
In Schoepps exhibit, Room to Breathe,
there is not a single sculpture on display or a painting
on the walls. Instead, the gallery walls are lined with
what appears to be oversized bubble wrap. The only other
aspect of the exhibit is the carpet, which is a sharp
contrast of blood red and snow white. The colors meet
in the middle of the room forming the phrase you
suck, you blow.
Schoepp said he wanted to transform the gallery and make
it completely different from how it was.
This exhibit really pushes you in all different
directions, Schoepp said. It's more of an
experience because you go into it and look at it rather
than a traditional show where you look at paintings on
walls. Its more about experiencing it than understanding
Kelela Place, a junior modern dance and Spanish major,
said the exhibit is very relaxing even though its
I really like this because its different,
Place said. I feel it more than I view it. It doesnt
require as much thinking on my part as it does feeling.
Senior sculpture major Bernardo Vallarino said he also
likes Schoepps work and the exhibit.
I like what he did with the show, Vallarino
said. Its a small space but he worked with
it and I really like the color usage. I feel his work
puts across what hes trying to say.
The exhibit is an installation show and will be on display
until Feb. 5.
Ron Watson, chairman of the art department, said this
type of exhibit is fairly unusual, but not without precedent.
Its called an installation piece, meaning
that the entire room is taken into it, Watson said.
Its creating a certain type of environment
to go in and experience. The form is the entire space.
Schoepp is in his first year teaching sculpture at TCU.
He previously taught at the University of Texas at Dallas
for 13 years. He received his masters degree from
TCU in 1985.
Vallarino said he enjoys having Schoepp as a professor.
Ive learned quite a bit from him, Vallarino
said. Hes always teaching us new methods of
doing things and Ive learned a lot in the last year.
He always gets things done and helps his students as much
Schoepp describes himself as a contemporary artist and
said he often does installation exhibits. He has several
other pieces around Fort Worth, including Hats,
in Worth Park downtown, as well as Bench and
Pollen in the Botanical Gardens. He is widely
known in the area and outside of Texas in the art community.
His work is extremely inventive, Watson said.
The craft of his work is excellent.
The border between the red and white carpet in
Cameron Schoepps exhibit reveals an intriguing
message that ties into the installations
theme. Bottom Schoepp uses the open gallery space
to set the mood.
to Breathe is featured in the University Art Gallery
located in Moudy Building North. It will be on display
until Feb. 5.
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