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Latitudes and Longitudes gifted to FGCU Art Galleries

EN Photo / Julia Browning

The room is still and peaceful. With its wooden floors and bright white lights, the gallery is a quaint artistic getaway among the bumble of activity in the library, just outside of the double glass doors.

‘Latitudes and Longitudes’ is an art exhibit currently featured on the FGCU campus.

From Oct. 13 to Nov. 17, part of the art exhibit will be on display in the ArtLab, a gallery located on the first floor of the library, just inside of the West entrance.

Another fraction of the exhibit will be featured in the library study area for an extended amount of time, from Oct. 13 to Dec. 8.

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The art pieces were a gift to FGCU’s galleries by ASG Technologies, a software intelligence company with its headquarters in Naples, that included over 80 works of art.

‘Latitudes and Longitudes’ helps add to FGCU’s growing amount of internationally recognized contemporary artwork, with pieces by John Buck, Joseph Albers and Ilya Bolotowsky.

FGCU Art Gallery
EN Photo / Julia Browning

The fraction of the works exhibited in the ArtLab has a little bit of everything, displaying paintings, etchings, sculptures, light fixtures and woven fabrics.

Surrealist artist, Tom Dineen, creates oil on canvas paintings in which the figures float eerily in the background, as if the viewer is peering through a rain-washed window or trying to sort out a fuzzy memory.

Shaped like irregular hexagons, the three paintings feature similar brush strokes and color schemes, looking so deep and intricate that they almost appear to be three-dimensional.

Velizar Vasa is a Yugoslavian artist who creates modern art pieces that sell for upwards of $4,000. In the FGCU ArtLab, his work “The Sentinels of Landmark,” is displayed prominently in the center of the room.

It is a four-column sculpture made of translucent colorful Lucite, that is hit by a bright light, casting laser beam light impressions to surround the tall columns.

Mary Sullivan Voytek’s artwork “Technolothic” is also presented in the gallery.

FGCU Art gallery
EN Photo / Julia Browning
Mary Sullivan “Technolothic”, 1972

The work is a piece of slate mounted on the wall, with a sharp and rustic shape like an arrow head. It sits over top of a small yellow circle made of neon light. Behind the neon sits a wider circle of stainless steel which is lined with gold leaf, broken into a jagged, ripped-looking pattern. Finally, the piece is surrounded in a glowing blue light that fades to purple as it moves further from the piece.

The piece captures a rustically magical atmosphere, like an ancient relic with mystical powers.

Overall, the gallery provides the FGCU campus with a unique conglomeration of culture, great for breaking up a mundane school day and allowing students to feel inspired.

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