Art project explores morality in new exhibit at CBU
Barry Krammes sits next to one of his art pieces on Jan. 22 during the opening reception for “The Morality Theatre Project” exhibit at California Baptist University.
Riverside, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2019) – The Rose Garden Gallery at California Baptist University hosted an opening reception for its new exhibit, “The Morality Theatre Project,” on Jan. 22. The exhibit features 14 art pieces created by artist Barry Krammes that reflect on the concept of morality.
Krammes compiled a wide variety of recycled objects to create each piece featured in the exhibit. It took Krammes 17 years to finish his collection.
Krammes, who taught art for 35 years as a professor at Biola University, said he hopes every viewer comes away with something different.
“I want people to slow down and meditate on each piece while thinking about the various aspects of their life because each deals with a different question,” Krammes said.
Rebekah Leininger, gallery curator at CBU, said the exhibit is complex in its presentation.
“All the pieces have a struggle and tension to them, which is the overarching theme of the exhibit. Each piece has a different message open to interpretation,” Leininger said.
Leininger said she hopes the display inspires students to experiment with different art genres.
“We want students to redefine art for themselves. This exhibit shows students that boundaries can be pushed,” Leininger said.
Gabriela Sierravigas, an art therapy sophomore, said the display was unique.
“It is very different from the art I am used to seeing because it is all made from recycled pieces. The exhibit really allows students to open their eyes to new art,” Sierravigas said.
“The Morality Theatre Project” will be open through March 1.