Human nature’s eternal struggle between light and darkness is being explored at the Huntley Art Gallery this month in the form of a “cabinet of curiosities” consisting of symbolic re-made objects, small eye-catching scenes and mysterious lonely photographs that pull viewers in for a closer look.
The more than 100 creations in the exhibit “Marvels, Miniatures & Mysteries: The Work of Cindy Cronk, Marianela de la Hoz and John Montich” are on display through Thursday, Dec. 8.
Cronk’s miniature works capture the wonder of everyday things, relics, remnants of the past, and the fleeting nature of life. With pieces of nature and fragments of man-made objects, Cronk creates hybrid creatures encased in imaginary realms, capturing the struggle humans face against darkness, the past and mortality.
De la Hoz’s works create intimate worlds that reveal distorted characters each inside their own house of horrors. The artist explores history, religion and literature by story-telling with humor and irony. Once lured in, viewers will find themselves peering into a miniature world of secrets, mysteries and treachery and concepts of youth and mortality, shame and embarrassment, and love and evil.
Stroked with rust and sepia, Montich’s photographs reveal times, places and things long lost and abandoned. Remote scenes are infused forgotten items left behind – as though previous occupants escaped in a rush. The dark corners and secluded scenes will make viewers wonder, “What happened here?” The photographs are ominous in their small format and bring the lonely spaces to life with stories of nostalgia.
“I focus on the details,” says Montich. “Rather than showing a grand vista or a limited environment, it’s the details that tell the story.”
The Huntley Art Gallery is located on the fourth floor of the University Library (Building 15, Room 4435) and is open Monday through Tuesday and Saturday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/thehuntleygallery.