Robins McIntosh, Guest Contributor • firstname.lastname@example.org
From January 9 to January 22, the McGlothlin Center for the Arts (MCA) hosted Jered Sprecher’s art exhibition. Sprecher gave an artalk on January 22 on his work and further explained his intentions behind each painting as well as how he found inspiration for his work.
Sprecher graduated from the university of Iowa with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and has had his work displayed in numerous locations such as the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Knoxville Museum of Art, according to art.utk.edu.
Sprecher’s paintings are abstract and feature a variety of brush strokes, swashes of paint and geometric shapes, particularly triangles. According to the artist statement on Sprecher’s website, the paintings are about “fragments in the midst of change, destruction, redefinition, and restoration.”
First-year Liam Besneatte-Cullinane said he enjoyed the talk. “It was very much more ‘pure artist,’ whereas some of the other ones, their talks could be applied to a lot more areas of life. But this one, he talked about a lot of conceptual artistic concepts….I thought it was really enjoyable and inspiring.” He emphasized why he found attending artalks valuable. He said, “A huge part of art is the intention behind it…that you can compare to how you feel looking at the art….I always appreciate art significantly more when I hear an artist describe it.”
Besneatte-Cullinane said Sprecher’s work presented a “physical manifestation of values that are important to Emory,” as part of E&H’s mission is producing “well-rounded [people], and I think a big part of that, and a part that’s underappreciated a lot, is art.”
Assistant Professor of Art Manda Remmen said, “I liked the fact that [Sprecher’s] paintings are all different, and generally I’m not as big a fan of abstract painting…but I really liked his background and how he put these things together and sort of talked about how the stuff in his studio…act as inspiration for this and the layering of images and the layering of color…and texture in the works.” She highlighted one painting which “tricked your eye and made it think it’s space that’s not space.”
E&H will be hosting Heather Dewey-Hagborg on February 12 in the next art talk, titled Stranger Visions.