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Williams’ crayons color me pensive

February 12, 2011

By Lauren Robinson, Staff Writer

Herb Williams's artwork, featured in the Campus Gate Art gallery, uses children's crayons to contrast the innocence of childhood with more serious topics such as civil rights and environmental issues. Photo by Ashton Jones

Sculptures— we’ve all seen them. Some are in bronze, granite and clay. Others are in ice or on occasion wax. Herb Williams creates many sculptures. They just happen to be made out of crayons.

Herb Williams is an artist that is showcasing certain pieces of his collection of sculptures at Young Harris College. His artwork is something that everyone can identify with. Crayons are usually a part of everyone’s past, thus making his artwork quite relational.

The off-the-wall, non-cliché, pieces provide a nostalgic presence within in the gallery. The complexity of the artwork is astounding. Upon entering, there are multiple points of interest in which to begin gazing.

Children playing, a majestic predator arranged on a limb, a variety of fish swimming along the wall and adolescent games jump off of the wall, all reminding us of our past experiences. While all of the pieces were absolutely mind-boggling, I have a few favorites.

Photo by Ashton Jones

“The Wheel of Fortune” is a game-show that has been aired on daytime television for years. However, this wheel of fortune is nothing even remotely encouraging. It is not spun on the hope of winning money, a new car or an all-expense-paid vacation to a tropical island.

Instead, “suicidal” and “delusional” are a few words that are on the wheel. This wheel is not necessarily a wheel of fortune but more on the aspect of revealing what your fortune in life may be.

Fish floating along the walls of the exhibit attract much attention. The varieties of fish call attention to the viewer. A piece called “Oil Slick” is a piece that most everyone can understand due to the major oil crisis that occurred in the summer months of 2010.

The fish had a dark and dismal look and definitely made me think about the severity of the oil spill. I personally can attest to the traumatic effects of the oil spill. I took a Caribbean cruise last June and saw oil spots in the Gulf of Mexico.

The art exhibit was simple because it was easy to relate to. If I could merit a grade, it would be an A. This, to me, is a once-in- a-lifetime experience that I believe everyone should go and see.

This artwork will be on showcase until the 25th of February. Happy Coloring.

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