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Rauschenberg And Albers Exhibit At
Florida Southwestern State College
Robert Rauschenberg's art returns to Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW)
this spring with an exhibition that examines the student-teacher relationship
and features pieces that Rauschenberg made following his permanent move to
Rauschenberg & Albers: Box vs. Square opens February 26 to the public in the
Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW. An opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. will
include performances by internationally-acclaimed electro-acoustic violist Martha
Mooke and Rauschenberg's own band Sonic Combine.
"Our exhibit will be the first in-depth investigation anywhere of the student-teacher
relationship between these two modern masters," said Jade Dellinger, gallery director.
Works related to Rauschenberg's Cardboards and Cardbirds, a collection of card-
board box sculptures he created after first moving to Captiva in 1970, will be the
focus. Not only did these boxes symbolize the vessels carrying his life and art from
New York City to Lee County, but they were also a nod to his former Black Mountain
College teacher Josef Albers.
Albers, known for his Homage to the Square series, revolutionized the teaching of
art with his research into color theory. He later wrote Interaction of Color, now used
as the core textbook for FSW's Color Theory class and in most art schools. Two cop-
ies of Albers' portfolio/book will be on display and used for live demonstrations with
FSW students. They will have unprecedented access to these items all semester.
Rauschenberg & Albers is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division
of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida
with additional support from Chico's International.
Events at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW are free and open to the public.
Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3
p.m., closed on Sundays and holidays.
For more information, visit www.RauschenbergGallery.com or call 489-9313.
courtesy Bob Rauschenberg Gallery Robert Rauschenberg at Florida SouthWest-
ern State College
Art In The Eye
Of The Beholder
At Lab Theater
by Di Saggau
Reza play Art,
a comedy about
three friends who
come unglued over
(Scott Carpenter) has just purchased the
5-by-4-foot painting for a jaw-dropping
price of $200,000. His longtime pal,
Marc (J. Mitchell Haley), hates Serge's
painting and tells him so. Their friend
Yvan (Miguel Cintron) waffles about the
painting as he does about most ev-
erything else in his life. The context is
catchy and appealing.
With a stark and sophisticated set
consisting of three large gray walls, and
minimal furnishings, the actors quickly
move from one apartment to the next.
All that is needed is a different painting
on the wall. The actors often portray
their points of view by stepping into the
spotlight and talking to the audience. It
helps us get inside their heads.
The three actors are equipped to
handle Reza's prickly dialogue with
numerous punch lines and insults sharp-
ly aimed at one another.
Yvan is the showiest role with tons
of dialogue and Cintron is up to the
challenge. In one scene where he rants
on and on about the troubles facing him
with his upcoming marriage, the audi-
ence applauds mid-scene.
Serge absolutely adores his new
painting. The canvas is mostly all white
with a few diagonal white lines. I found
it interesting that my appreciation for
the painting increased each time I
looked at it. In fact, in the last scene
when the painting is lit up, it's abso-
The play is more about relationships
than it is about art. These guys have
been friends for 15 years and now that
friendship is being challenged by a
painting. As each character reveals him-
self, one wonders how they could ever
be best friends in the first place.
Art is funny, engaging and devilishly
enjoyable. It plays through February 27
at Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634
Woodford Avenue in downtown Fort
Myers. For tickets call 218-0481 or go
online to www.laboratorytheaterflorida.
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