TCU Daily Skiff Thursday, January 29, 2004
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The painting’s not on the wall
A first-year professor has an interesting installation piece on display at the University Art Gallery.

By Lauren Lea
Staff Reporter

You suck, you blow.

Cameron Schoepp explores the literal act of breathing in his exhibit at the University Art Gallery.

In Schoepp’s 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. It’s more about experiencing it than understanding it.”

Kelela Place, a junior modern dance and Spanish major, said the exhibit is very relaxing even though it’s very abstract.

“I really like this because it’s different,” Place said. “I feel it more than I view it. It doesn’t require as much thinking on my part as it does feeling.”

Senior sculpture major Bernardo Vallarino said he also likes Schoepp’s work and the exhibit.

“I like what he did with the show,” Vallarino said. “It’s a small space but he worked with it and I really like the color usage. I feel his work puts across what he’s 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.

“It’s called an installation piece, meaning that the entire room is taken into it,” Watson said. “It’s 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 master’s degree from TCU in 1985.

Vallarino said he enjoys having Schoepp as a professor.

“I’ve learned quite a bit from him,” Vallarino said. “He’s always teaching us new methods of doing things and I’ve learned a lot in the last year. He always gets things done and helps his students as much as possible.”

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.”
Alejandra Galvez/Staff Photographer
Top The border between the red and white carpet in Cameron Schoepp’s exhibit reveals an intriguing message that ties into the installation’s theme. Bottom Schoepp uses the open gallery space to set the mood.

“Room to Breathe”

•“Room to Breathe” is featured in the University Art Gallery located in Moudy Building North. It will be on display until Feb. 5.

For more information call (817) 257-7643.


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