Arts & Humanities Building: Temporary Public Art

cast plaster boxing gloves stacked inside vitrines

 detail of boxing glove installation

Three Sets of Distinct Objects, 2016

Michael Bishop

Cast plaster boxing gloves (seventy-two pairs of gloves)

On view through December 2016

Longtime sculpture professor Michael Bishop was invited to create a site-specific installation for the exterior glass vitrines in the new Arts and Humanities Building. Drawing from an on-going body of work centered on the repetition of a particular set of boxing gloves, the artist used each vitrine as a container to highlight the boxing glove form in different ways. One vitrine is a haphazard pile of gloves, another shows a formal arrangement of glove pairs, and the third organizes the gloves into a careful stack. About the work, the artist noted, “An important state for me in viewing these works is silence. Maybe it's the notion of sleep, but the works are really at their best in complete silence. Try sunrise.”

The artist often pairs his sculptures with texts to create layered meaning and open-ended narratives. Below is a series of texts from the various iterations of the boxing glove series.

Michael Bishop

1 May 2016

Istanbul


Heavy Hand, 1997, (six pairs of gloves)

He’d close his eyes instead of the required wide-eyed head tilt, bad news and no counter punch. His nose would be numb the whole bike ride home to his Mothers tedious questions. Then there’s bad boy Elvis with hero status in the army and Cassius Clay arrested and convicted of resisting the draft… Muhammad Ali stripped of his title. Muhammad Ali winning back his title, Sonny Liston dying of a hot shot in Las Vegas and George Forman’s eternal smile. America, America…

Sleep I & II, 2001, (seven pairs of gloves)

I was surprised by the obvious. She was about my age, a complete stranger, she looked at me and said “look at them, don’t they look like a couple sleeping thru the night in stop action.”

Of course, how simple, how beautiful…I was floored.

Documents in Foam, 2005, (six pairs of gloves)

The plan was to build a production mold for the gloves and produce 1000 of them during a residency at Kurtz GmbH, Wertheim, Germany. The mold failed so I used a simpler male and female faces to produce two large architectural pieces. Documents became a smaller yet in some ways more poetic work.

Euclidian Space With Horn, in progress since 2009, (seventy pairs of gloves)

Its coordinates have been slowly approaching infinity since 2009. The work has a meditative task-based center that I return to over the years. I have one set of molds, a left and a right. From this pair of molds the hoard is cast.

Three Sets of Distinct Objects, 2016, (seventy-two pairs of gloves)

Three Sets of Distinct Objects is a temporary installation.  Eventually these gloves will be added to Euclidian Space With Horn. In the resulting work the horn will be replaced with a proportionally larger horn.

Many thanks to Kelly Lindner, Director of the University Art Gallery, for her clarity of vision and curatorial expertise in guiding this installation to fruition while I was off on another continent. Also my thanks to my studio assistant Byron Treece for the meticulous production of over forty pairs of gloves and assisting with the installation.

For more information about the artist, visit http://www.mbishopsculpture.com.


 

glass and alumninum stacked columns

glass and alumninum stacked columns

Endless Columns (After Brancusi), 2016

Robert Herhusky with students from ARTS 276/376/476

Repurposed lighting fixtures: glass, aluminum; metal

On view through December 2016

During the spring semester of 2016, glass sculptor and CSUC professor Robert Herhusky worked with art students on the temporary installation of two columns for the sculpture niche adjacent to the Pugh mural. Based on Constantin Brancusi’s Endless Column, of which the most famous iteration completed in 1935 measures 98 feet high, Herhusky and students made use of discarded lighting fixtures, reconfiguring the aluminum and glass elements into two endlessly repeating stacked forms. The columns appear to float within the sculpture niche moving upward towards the sky. Inspired by the University’s commitment to sustainability and recycling, Herhusky led students in considering found objects as readily available sculpture material. The sculpture echoes Brancusi’s idea of infinity, suggested in the repetition of the identical rhomboid-like shapes, but gathers new meaning with the use of recycled materials.