Last Week for Mensoff Exhibit

Friday, February 5, 2010

Atlanta resident and sculptor Corrina Sephora Mensoff’s exhibit at the Bruce Bobick Gallery is open for its final week, closing on Thursday, February 11.

Atlanta resident and sculptor Corrina Sephora Mensoff’s exhibit at the Bruce Bobick Gallery is open for its final week, closing on Thursday, February 11. “Rescue Vehicles and the Souls of the South II” shows a mixed media installation inspired by Hurricane Katrina. The exhibit is free and the community is invited to attend.

Mensoff operates Phoenix Metalworks in Atlanta, a shop that specializes in sculpture, furniture and architectural works, and is an activist dedicated to bringing artists and the community together to create social change.

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 Jr. Natatorium and in many private collections internationally.

The Bobick Gallery exhibition features an installation of mixed media sculptural works that includes cast iron, organic materials, forged and fabricated steel, cloth, paper, string and printmaking.

The “Souls of the South” exhibit developed after Katrina destroyed much of 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.

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 slsmith@westga.edu.