Bry Gallery hosts “Art School Floor” photography exhibition

Posted on September 27, 2022

MONROE, LA – The ULM Art Program and Bry Gallery are currently hosting an exhibition of work by Ruston artist Dean Dablow. Dablow is Emeritus Professor of Art at Louisiana Tech University, where he taught photography for many years. The exhibit is titled “Art School Floor” and consists of a series of photographs taken over time from Louisiana Tech University’s art studio.

The exhibition will take place from September 14 to October 12. There will be an artist talk on Wednesday, September 28 at Sandel 236 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception at the Bry Gallery.
The Bry Gallery is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Friday. The public is invited and admission is free.

Dablow describes the inspiration for the collection in his artist statement: “While working in my summer studio, located in an art school paint room, I noticed the marks on the floor filled with “Random scratches, paint stains and charcoal, ground into the tiles by a myriad of student shoes and misplaced tables. I began to photograph these marks, arranging the most interesting ones in my viewfinder. They have the appearance of etchings made by an engraver working in abstraction. The organization of these random markings is essential in these photographs. Photographers do it instinctively when they raise their camera to the eye , reframing what they are not interested in. The world isolates itself in the rectangle or square of the viewfinder.The ground was rich fodder for the creation of images.

He continued, “In a sense, they are the result of countless art students making decisions in their classroom, and in the remains of their work I have recorded the foreign debris left behind. Careless spills of paint smeared on the floor, however random, become something new, albeit a remnant of each student’s working process. Although I was not the instructor of these courses, I felt a kinship with them by seeing the remnants of their personal discoveries. I wondered if what they had discovered was a success or a failure. I know these are all learning experiences.

For more information about this exhibit, please contact Joni Noble, Art Program Coordinator at 342-1376.

Kayleen C. Rice