The drawing’s on the wall


by Andrew Gooddell

Art students recreated a piece by Brooklyn artist David Brody on display at Farnham Galleries – right on one of the Galleries’ walls.

The piece covered nearly an entire wall and required the help of at least 10 students. Each student dedicated a few hours of their time toward the project.

“We worked on [the project] for close to 80 hours,” said Justin Nostrala, assistant professor of art.

Junior art minor Jenn Allan contributed to the recreation process.

“I only worked on it one class period for maybe two hours,” Allan said. “Some girls worked on it for six.”

Allan said she enjoyed recreating Body’s work because it was an opportunity to learn through active participation.

“I thought it was a unique experience,” Allan said. “I got an appreciation for the process.”

To ensure students would recreate his work precisely, Brody sent Nostrala information on what to do.

“The artist sent detailed instructions and a stencil on a CD-Rom,” Nostrala said.

Brody’s medium of choice – the wall – made it possible for several students to work on reproducing it at the same time.

In preparation for the recreation, the stencil was printed off in six large sections. The sections were then positioned on the wall and students followed the design.

Despite taking careful measures to ensure accuracy, the recreation of a Brody original was not without minor faults.

“Like any artist would, he found flaws and fixed them,” Nostrala said. “The day he came to campus, he did work on it.”

The finished piece was displayed in Farnham Galleries Nov. 4-30.

Brody spoke at a Forum event on Nov. 15 while presenting a slide show of his work. The slide show included many of Brody’s oil paintings and more of his digital art.

Nostrala said Brody’s computer-based art has two distinct characteristics.

“It’s very geometric and it alludes to forms from nature, but at the same time it appears man-made,” Nostrala said. “It’s a melding of ideas of humans and natural forms”

Although he does not have a preference for one kind of Brody’s art over another, Nostrala said there are obvious differences between his chosen mediums.

“I find his paintings less rigid and more emotional,” Nostrala said. “His paintings are more about exploration.”

Sophomore art major Rachelle Woodley attended the Forum event.

“I thought the computerized material was very mechanized and detailed,” Woodley said. “The paintings were very versatile because he showed them from different angles and that gave them an entirely different effect.”

Woodley said Brody’s use of slides for his forum presentation was not a method she preferred.

“I would have liked for him to have used Power Point or Proxima because the slides had to be refocused with nearly every slide,” Woodley said.

According to Nostrala, the forum event was well attended and served to answer any questions art students had about Brody’s work.

“I thought it went well,” Nostrala said. “I was really pleased with the turnout.”