Hermit crabs add life to Tyler art exhibition

Hermit crab artRobert Loring’s Master of Arts Thesis Exhibition, currently running in SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery, will incorporate living things into thought-provoking displays.

Loring works in a variety of media, often sculpture, presenting hermit crabs in ceramic shells with various images. “I am attempting to address the ideas of stereotype and identity through an experiment using hermit crabs and alternative shells,” which could include what he termed “bedazzled,” “blinged-out” and other looks, Loring said.

“For all these projects I am trying to, in a humorous manner, explore the ‘outer shells’ that we all bear: how they are chosen, what they represent, how aesthetics come into play, and their moral or ethical implications,” he added.
Through art sales and donations, Loring hopes to raise funds for Vera House in Syracuse and CurePC, which supports pancreatic cancer research.

Loring’s exhibition will run concurrently with the 46th annual Juried Student Art Exhibition through April 19. Oswego’s Student Association sponsors both exhibitions.

During exhibitions, SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. All gallery events are free and open to the public. Parking is free in campus lots on evenings and weekends. For more information, contact the gallery at 312-2113 or visit www.oswego.edu/tylerartgallery.

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(Posted: Mar 05, 2009)

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