BROOKINGS, S.D. — “Textural Structures: Selected works from the South Dakota Art Museum” originated as a collaboration between Leda Cempellin, art historian and assistant professor in the SDSU Visual Arts Department, and John Rychtarik, curator of exhibits at the Art Museum.
The artwork featured in the exhibition consists mainly of sculptural pieces collected by the South Dakota Art Museum over the past 40 years. “The artwork was selected for its aesthetic and artistic structural and surface qualities,” said Rychtarik.
The exhibition shows the significant depth of the collection with pieces created by local, regional and nationally-known artists. Works demonstrate the use of a variety of materials, both natural and man-made. Outer surfaces of the pieces or structures include natural textures or those manipulated in a variety of ways.
Light and shadows can affect the appearance of each of the pieces. Those with reflective surfaces can create an illusion of texture depending on their surroundings, according to the curators.
“The exhibit installation, the space, light, the pieces’ projected shadows, are all elements that engage its viewers to experience the pieces from the sensorial, spatial, conceptual and mnemonic viewpoints,” said Cempellin.
The diverse body of artwork, including work by SDSU alumnus and professional artist, Carol Hepper and interim head of the SDSU Visual Arts Department, Tim Steele, help the viewer experience and understand the many possibilities.
“Several major changes occurred in the national and international artistic panorama through the past 40 years,” said Cempellin, “The exhibition helps show viewers how local artists reacted to past events.”
For instance, Steele’s piece in the exhibition entitled “Smoke Head,” was created in 1988 and came into the Museum collection in 1989.
“The work is portraiture,” said Steele. “It is a psychological portrait of an individual or personality type. The art is the communication of personality in which emotion is key to understanding the work. I hope viewers would consider the immense variety of personalities and different responses we experience.”
“The variety and quality of the artwork within “Textural Structures” demonstrates the Museum’s commitment to recognize artistic achievement by artists, especially our local and regional artists,” said Rychtarik.
The South Dakota Art Museum is located on the campus of South Dakota State University on Medary Avenue at Harvey Dunn Street. Hours the museum is open for visitors are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
The Museum is closed on Sundays January through March. The Museum also observes state holidays.
The Museum or Museum Store can be reached by calling 605-688-5423 or, toll free, 866-805-7590.
Photo: Sioux Falls sculptor John Peters’ wood sculpture titled, “Zippity Do Da,” is one of the pieces in the Textural Structures exhibit at the South Dakota Art Museum.