Marist College’s Art Gallery hosted their second gallery exhibition on Thursday November 10th. This sculpture show exhibited the artwork of two faculty members, Ed Smith and Donise English, alongside Italian artist Bruno Liberatore. Students, Faculty, and Poughkeepsie locals attended the exhibition to enjoy the artwork and show their support. Much of the artwork was based on sculptures and statues, ranging from abstract shapes to more defined visuals, such as busts and torsos.
The collaboration between all three artists came into fruition through this exhibit, which each artist displaying great dexterity in the art of sculpting. Ed Smith and Denise English are both currently professors at Marist. Prof. Smith was an associate at the Royal British Society of Sculpture, who has work in notable locations, including the prestigious British Museum located in London. Prof. English has received numerous awards for her artwork, having public and private artworks displayed throughout the United States.
Bruno Liberatore is a native Italian hailing from Penne, a province of Pescara. Born in 1947, he majored in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts located in Rome. From there, he taught his craft at the same university, as well as sharing his knowledge at Milan and Florence. Today, he is the Chair of the Sculpture Department at the Academy of Fine Arts.
The works that were on display were made of a wide range of materials, including the likes of terra cotta, paper and bronze. The sizes of the works were varied as a well, from small pieces to large and complex molds. Each work had discernable features, but all of them came together in a diverse and wonderful collage from all three artists.
Donise English used different colored hand-stitched and wax towers, creating an ethereal, airy feel to her pieces. “When they are lit they look like Japanese paper lanterns,” said Alena Bergmann, an Advertising/Digital Media major and senior who works at the Steel Plant. In contrast to Prof. English’s work, Ed Smith and Bruno Liberatore’s works are sturdy pieces made of bronze, silver, and terracotta. “They just seem so strong and timeless in contrast to Donise’s work,” Alena Bergmann said.
Ed Smith’s work, in juxtapose to English’s work, represents a different school of thought. One of his works comes from his signature style, which is erecting various parts of the human physique through bronze. Apart from that, he also brings mythological beings to life. This particular piece displayed at the art exhibit seemed to combine both aspects of his portfolio. This sculpture resembled that of a human torso- it was a strong and lean shape, which was reminiscent of ancient Greek statues and sculptures.
Bruno Liberatore’s work included pyramids-like sculptures that are evocative of ancient Egyptian times, with some sculptures hallowed, elongated and truncated for dramatic effect. The light casted on the bronze brought the statues to life, and alluded to the sun that would rise and set over the horizon of these ancient statures.
Although the volume of attendees was not as high as in the past, many of the staff agreed that it was a successful night. “We didn’t have as many people as in the past but we still had just under 300 people,” said Alena Bergmann. “From a staff point of view I love lighting the show and seeing the power light has to change the way you see a work of art.” Another staffer, senior Kaitlin Clow, chimed in. “I love Ed Smith’s sculptures in bronze and Donise English had some really interesting block-like sculptures,” she said, also adding “I loved how the light shined through them.” If you weren’t able to attend the show you can still find all three artists’ portfolios at these links.