A new multimedia exhibit is on view in the San Jacinto College South Campus Art Gallery, featuring three artists whose work brings together multiple art forms, including assemblage, painting, and photography.
The Ways They Are features pieces by Carris Adams, Sébastien Boncy and Matt Manalo. While the art is diverse in its presentation, the exhibition’s central theme centers on the idea of home and “explores how the quality and character of our surroundings directly affect our identities”, according to the statement of the exhibition.
Manalo said “home” usually means a specific place, but his work addresses the chasm that occurs when individuals physically occupy one space but find themselves spiritually and mentally in another.
“So it’s like all this emptiness,” he said. “I want to talk about that too.”
One of the centerpieces of the exhibit is Manalo’s over four-foot-tall sculpture, “Body as a Colonized Vessel,” which underscores the exhibit’s central theme with topics like home, rarity, and abundance. The base of the sculpture contains scattered earth collected around South Campus.
Gallery assistant Emily Thomas said the staff worked hard to put together the materials for the work and, in her view, the final presentation “says a lot”.
“I really like how it fills the space,” she said. “And I love the color and the contrast, and I just think all of these pieces work really well together.”
As Manalo expresses herself through sculpture, Adams uses paint and layers of materials to reflect the language of the environment she grew up in through three installations: “Untitled (LIQ OR)”, “Untitled ( BE*UT*)” and “Untitled (C**SH).”
Boncy, meanwhile, presents a single installation piece, a collection of photographs titled There Is No Mountain.
“Boncy is interested in the ‘world of things,'” the exhibit statement says, “not just for their stories or their meanings, but often just for the way they are.”
Art and design professor Bradly Brown, director of the gallery, said the different pieces complement each other well because each resonates with meaning.
“One of the words that we’ve been talking about through this exhibit is simply the intent and intent of the art and the artists,” Brown said. “There’s not a piece that’s put into the show that doesn’t have some kind of reasoning behind it.”
The Ways They Are will be on display until March 27 in the Art Gallery (Room 143) of the Flickinger Fine Arts Center (S15) on South Campus.