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Art apparent

Art professor Gioia Fonda works on an art project in her office.

A neighborhood filled with empty lots, brimful of heaping trash, cast-away toys, shards of glass and mangled plastic, sits silently in the night.

This is just one of the points of inspiration for one of the four City College art professors featured in the “Summer in the City” exhibition at the JayJay Art Gallery that ran from July 7 through Aug. 7 in East Sacramento.

“The inspiration of the garbage comes in part of the trash piles I see in my neighborhood that are there as a result of the recent housing/lending crisis,” says art professor Gioia Fonda.

Fonda’s contributions to the show also included three pieces from an ongoing project of handdrawn/painted, intricate patterns within abstract shapes, along with the black and white paintings of the garbage piles.

Fonda has been teaching at City College for several years and says she’s inspired to make art out of what occurs around her, what surrounds her and from objects collected.

Fonda says she likes to make teaching both fun and exciting, while keeping her students guessing, and she wants her students to keep an open mind along with a positive attitude.

Large etchings were Professor Emily Wilson’s contribution to the show.
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Inspired by the sinewy formations found in limestone caves, professor Mitra Fabian looked to nature for the pieces she created for the exhibition.

“One piece was a large sculpture made of blue plastic pipette tips. The form is reminiscent of an iceberg, or stalactite or stalagmite growth. I also included series of wall-mounted acrylic boxes that contain swirling plastic film,” Fabian says. “Each box has an opening through which the plastic film oozes. The overall effect is that of smoke or marbled paper- curvilinear movement that appears contained within the box, save for portion that escapes through the gap.”

As a teacher, Fabian says she has high expectations for her students.

“I want students to learn new work and make work that exceeds their own expectations,” Fabian says.

Professor Mark Boguski, who presented several sculptural pieces at the exhibition said he came to City College to take chances with art as a ceramics teacher and feels that his inspiration is the unknown and finding out new things.

“A teaching job allows an artist to take chances because you don’t have to be conservative and make commercial artwork,” Boguski says. “What inspires me is always being able to learn new things and experimenting
to see if things work or not as a teacher and an artist.”

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