40th Annual HCC Juried Student art exhibit
April 11-30, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: APRIL 11, 4:30-7:30PMThis exhibition is a major milestone for the college as HCC students enter their work in the 40th year of student exhibits presented on the Ybor Campus. All mediums created in the 2 semesters of 2013-14 will be judged by a respected outside juror. Winners will receive monetary scholarships sponsored by Tampa’s Art support group, Las Damas De Arte.
“Foreverglades”is an environmental installation of six large red recycled plastic snail sculptures installed in front of the SSB and PAB. The installation will be in place mid-January through Earth Day, April 22. The “Foreverglades” installation premiered at Art Basel Miami at Miami-Dade College’s Freedom Tower—large recycled, plastic animals by international artist collective William Sweetlove and the “Cracking Art Group” based in Europe, represented by Gallery Ca d’Oro, Italy and Miami. The snails made their way to Tampa from Central Park in NYC where they were installed through the months of November/December. You may have seen them on CNN, while reporting on the recent snow storms in NY.
In its REgeneration Art Projects, the “Cracking Art Group” creates public art using recyclable plastic. The red snails are part of an intriguing public art series designed to inspire community-wide conversation about the importance of recycling and its environmental impact. They are bold, unexpected visuals that will leave a memorable artistic trace in Tampa. The REgeneration Art Project has developed an international following by placing large, colored animal installations in a variety of unusual spaces worldwide, including Paris, Milan, Venice, Rome, Prague, New Orleans, NYC and L.A.
The name “Cracking Art” comes from the English verb “to crack:” to split, to break, to crack, to crash, to yield. “Cracking” is also the term for the chemical reaction that occurs when converting raw crude oil into plastic. For the artists it represents the instant when something natural becomes artificial. “Cracking is the gap of the contemporary man struggling between primary naturalness and a future that is becoming more and more artificial.” William Sweetlove