January 17, 2008 – February 19, 2008
FAYETTE, Iowa (January 18, 2008) -- An exhibit of wood sculpture by artist Will Pergl currently is on display on the Upper Iowa University campus in Fayette. "Motions, Objects, and Gaps" will run through February 19, 2008 in the Lois Bing Davis Gallery. A reception with the artist will be held Thursday, February 14 from 3:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., with a gallery talk scheduled for 4:00. Gallery hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The exhibit should be of special interest to area woodworkers and hobbyists who appreciate fine woodworking that demonstrates skillful joinery and lamination, as well as basket weaving techniques.
But Pergl's work is anything but ordinary, warned John Siblik, Upper Iowa University assistant professor of art and director of the UIU gallery.
"Viewers should be prepared to encounter traditional materials and methods used to construct some rather unfamiliar forms and combinations," Siblik said.
Siblik described Pergl's work as both elegant and playful. "He prefers to apply his skills as a furniture maker to more abstract forms. His work attempts to make a connection between artistic concepts and physical materials," Siblik added.
Will Pergl is an assistant professor of art at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design who, in addition to his sculptures, makes drawings, paintings, video and animation.
For more information about the exhibit contact John Siblik, assistant professor of art and director of the Lois Bing Davis Gallery.