Monday, January 11, 2010
The Department of Art opened its first artist exhibit of the year in the Bruce Bobick Gallery featuring work by Atlanta resident Corrina Sephora Mensoff.
“Rescue Vehicles and the Souls of the South II” will run through February 11 and shows a mixed media installation inspired by Hurricane Katrina. Mensoff will present a talk and host a reception on Thursday, January 21, at 1 p.m. in Room 203 of the Humanities Building. The events are free and the community is invited to attend.
The exhibition features an installation of mixed media sculptural works that includes cast iron, organic materials, forged and fabricated steel, cloth, paper, string and printmaking.
Rescue Vehicles developed after Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. During that time, Mensoff began to wonder what she could do to bring aid to those affected by the disaster.
“Eventually, I decided to create an art exhibition that would function as an empowerment tool for the victims of the storm,” said Mensoff. “I wanted to produce a clean, comfortable space for the artists to exhibit their works, to lift their spirits and take the weight of the disaster from their shoulders. New Orleans Diaspora brought segments of a scattered arts community back together and created new bonds.”
Mensoff’s reflection of this experience and other times in her life produced the work currently on exhibit. The concept of floodwaters rising, the legend of Noah’s Ark and the architecture of the “Row house” inspired her work as well as a photograph of a boat tethered to a telephone pole taken just after the hurricane.
Her metalwork is on permanent display in Atlanta at the King and Spaulding Contemporary Art Collection, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Temple Sinai, the Martin Luther King Natatorium and in many private collections internationally. Mensoff operates Phoenix Metalworks in Atlanta, a shop that specializes in sculpture, furniture and architectural works and is dedicated to bringing artists and community together to create social change.
The Bobick Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 678-839-6521 or contact Gallery Director Stephanie Smith at email@example.com.