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Art on Campus

Matthew Au and Volkan Alkanoglu: Foundation

Known for experimenting with geometry and depth, Co-artists Volkan Alkanoglu and Matthew Au designed and built this piece by drawing inspiration from the Lee III building, designed by Thomas Phifer. The suspended, folded structures are inspired by the geometry of the building, while the sculpture itself is visually connected to the textures of the ceiling and walls around the space.

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Koryn Rolstad: Illuminated Chroma Wind Trees

Koryn Rolstad’s piece, Illuminated Chroma Wind Trees, activates both the exterior and the interior of CORE Campus. Rolstad says, “the translucent colored wings integrate the ‘Chroma’ of sunset to sunrise, seasons, and integrate the University school colors for a flowing energizing and elegant spectrum experience”. Materials: Aluminum, Acrylic ©2017 Koryn Rolstad, Bannerworks Inc. (dba) Koryn Rolstad Studios

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Klari Reis: The Clemson Genus Project

Klari Reis received her M.F.A. and Associate Research Fellowship from City and Guilds of London Art School in London, England. She also holds a B.A. from University of California at Davis and an A.A. from University of California at Santa Barbara. Her artwork was directly influenced by current research taking place in the facility and within the Life Science disciplines. Reis’s work is comprised of 600 individualized paintings embedded in petri dishes of varying sizes. The effect of the installation is a spectacular burst of color rising vertically through the expanse of the atrium of the Life Sciences Facility.

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Kathy Triplett: Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny

Inspired by the idea of a single cell and how it progresses to a complex organism, this work is comprised of 84 tiles that are 10 inches square spanning the length of a 60-foot curved wall outside the large auditorium in Hardin Hall. The work explores significant events and various academic programs unique to the history of Clemson University.

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John Acorn: Friday Fliers

Six 8-foot long aluminum “paper airplane” forms placed throughout the campus. With the happenstance of placement guiding the concept, this work dovetails the curiosity and enthusiasm contained within childhood development with the individual pursuit of knowledge found within higher education. The airplane is an icon for the potential of what can be explored if curiosity and enthusiasm are maintained.

David Tillinghast: P211.t45.2001

This work is a 21-foot high silo form constructed of brick and steel. Inside is a bronze marker with a call number, which corresponds with an artist book housed in the reference section of Cooper Library. The book contains rich black and white images of field grasses in a variety of compositions and is a beautiful companion to the silo form.

Phil Moody: Three Ages of Man

This work is composed of photos and text, which are meant to explore the three ages of humanity. Contained within the instillation—which compromises all three landings of a stairwell in Tillman Hall—are 35 images which vary in scale and include a variety of color and black and white photographs that go from childhood to adulthood and then to self-reflection of the first stage’s impact on the adult stage.

Bruno Civitico: The Performing Arts, Music, Dance, Drama

Three 9 x 9 feet panels, each representing a component of the performing arts on display in the Brooks Center for Performing Arts. Subjects include dance, music, and theater.

Joey Manson: Shift-Ascend

Located outside of Sirrine Hall across from the Fernow Cafe, "Shift-Ascend" is an abstract painted steel sculpture that fluctuates between figures in motion and a microscope and is situated at a busy pedestrian walkway.

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Joe Walters: Spiral Mesh

"The literal content of my work has to do in part with the interdependency of species within ecosystems. I use intentional scale discrepancies to reinforce this idea. Large mammals are given no more physical prominence than insects or other small creatures. The surface treatment of the individual mixed media figures implies they are corroded iron. This creates a Pompeii-like archaeological context for the work and may metaphorically reference the fragility and fleetingness of life, which includes not only individual organisms, but ecological systems as a whole."

Linda Howard: Six Degrees of Freedom

Completed in the summer of 1995, Linda Howard's sculpture “Six Degrees of Freedom” inherits many characteristics of a long modern art tradition of metal constructions, but in her hands the potentially cool, mechanical and intellectual nature of the work is transformed into energy and movement.  Howard has said of her work: "The archways are gateways to transitional spaces, moving one, step-by-step, from a personalized human scale to a larger space, and then on conceptually to the expanded universe beyond."

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