Wire Art Coming to JBU

Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 22, 2006) - Imagine a room where the walls are filled with one continuous, chaotic piece of artwork. Wires bending and curving, to create objects that each represent something of importance to different individuals.

This piece of art is called “One Body” and is the work of Joel Armstrong, assistant professor of art and design at John Brown University. The piece will be on display in the JBU art gallery starting Tuesday, Jan. 9 through the end of the month.

The piece is a free-flowing wall of wire objects. Each object is a wire replica of an object donated to the project by JBU’s art students or department faculty member. Armstrong said that he wants this piece to be a portrait of the JBU Art Department. Each object will include a profile picture of the person who submitted it for the project.

“Each piece has a story behind it,” Armstrong said. “I wanted the opportunity to include others in collaboration with my art and I feel my plans for the show definitely satisfy and fulfill that desire.”

The installment will also include background music that is made up of the favorite songs of the students and faculty involved. Armstrong said that there is a very broad selection from international music, to classical music to hard rock.

Armstrong began working with wire as a medium six years ago. He considers it more drawing than sculpting.

“Wire is an unusual medium,” he said. “I like the physical aspect of it. It all starts as solid lines and has you hammer it, curves began to take shape that breathe life into the object.

The exhibit will open on Tuesday, Jan. 9 and the public is welcome to attend a free opening reception from 6-8 p.m. in the lobby of the Art building.

Normal art gallery hours are Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located on the Siloam Springs campus of John Brown University in the art building. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 40 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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