Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Stones the Builder Rejected: Jim Zingarelli’s New Exhibit Draws Saturday Crowd

It was standing room only in the cinema of the Barrington Center for the Arts on Saturday, September 6, at 3 p.m. Friends, students and art enthusiasts came to hear how—and why—Jim Zingarelli, art professor and departmental chair, had created the sculptures that comprised the latest gallery exhibit, Host and Hunger. He spoke about his influences, from Popeye to Easter Island, about his process and progress creating the various open-mouthed heads. He showed before and after slides of the stones that, in some cases, had literally been rejected by certain builders (like St. John the Divine in New York City). And he talked about the international trips he’d taken that had influenced his work and his faith, raising his awareness about the hunger and need in the world that he felt he had to respond to. The privilege, he said, was great. “I went out and saw the needs and came back to the studio to create these works.”
It took Jim two and a half years to complete this body of work. And though it took less than a few hours for the crowd of visitors to wander through the exhibit, no one left without being inspired in some small way, like Jim, to respond to the needs of those around us. Jim is donating half of all proceeds from the sales of his sculptures to a variety of hunger-relief organizations and artists he met overseas.

See also the recent boston.com article, "Gordon Professor Shifts Focus."

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