Gallery opens first exhibits of the semester

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  • Rena Leinberger’s “Zero Panorama” features pieces used on set in the most recent Transformers film ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’.Photo by: Jessica Stanfield

Lilly McCann

If you are a fan of the “Transformers” movie series or interested in the punk movement then the Center for Art and Theatre at Georgia Southern University might spark your interest with its latest exhibitions.

Exhibits “The Seven Seas” and “Zero Panorama” will be available for student viewing until Sept. 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Center for Art and Theatre.

Rena Leinberger, artist of “Zero Panorama,” blends a variety of mixed media installations, photography and videos to create works that utilizes shifts in artistic mediums to explore notions of landscape, artifice and spectacle.

“Zero Panorama” addresses society’s fascination with explosions and, with society’s evolution into the digital age, what is actually real, Marc Mitchell, assistant professor and gallery director in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, said.

Leinberger’s work has been shown at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in New York City.

“As a society we are fascinated with explosions, which are all CGI, but we love them, they’re always the next summer blockbuster,” Mitchell said.

“Zero Panorama” features work from the set of Transformers 3, which fascinated Leinberger because of the amount of deception used in the set, such as huge pieces of asphalt that are just styrofoam, Mitchell said.

“Zero Panorama” also shows three pieces that, at first glance, are intended to mimic the Challenger explosion, the bombing of Nagasaki and the BP oil spill when in actuality are recreations from cake frosting.

The second exhibit open is “The Seven Seas,” by Elisabeth Condon. The exhibit features a combination of mixed media and various painting techniques to explore young adults first encounters with Los Angeles nightclub culture in the late ’70s to early ’80s.

“Condon’s work shows the different things we feel around that adolescent change, this sudden freedom we have,” Mitchell said.

Condon’s paintings, collages and drawings in “The Seven Seas” represent her own personal coming of age experience in L.A.’s anti-establishment punk movement, disco culture and the glitz glam rock scene.

“Condon’s work references the glitter, the glam, the smoke, the dancing, the feeling of the clubs and environment in the 1970’s,” Mitchell said.

Condon’s work has been shown at a variety of venues that includes the National Art Museum of China. Condon is Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of South Florida.

Condon’s artist lecture and reception will begin at 5 p.m. on Sept. 5 and Leinberger’s will be held on Sept. 16, also beginning at 5 p.m.

Mitchell said, “Leinberger’s work is extremely conceptual, I think it’s a good thing for Georgia Southern. The ideas she explores could be of interest to a wide of variety of students, not just art students.”