Adaptations and Transformations

Works by David Spear
Exhibition: October 7 – October 31
Gallery Reception: October 10, 3:00-7:00 p.m.

Artist Statement of David Spear:

There is not one way to make art. Every artistic project and space has different conceptual goals and motivations and therefore requires a different set of solutions. Rather than concentrate on one solution for one problem, I have concentrated on creating a variety of works relying on a diversity of styles, concepts and appropriations which differ on consideration of the prospective viewer, venue and conceptual purpose. This is the philosophy I subscribed to early in my artistic career and it is through this versatility that I have been able to develop multiple methods that influence one another and continually weave through new artistic avenues.

Artist Statement of Harrison Bergeron:

As manager, director and producer, David Spear presents the work of Harrison Bergeron.
The work is about Folly. More specifically, it speaks about the postmodern reality of our current informational deluge, where everything and nothing is believable and truth is subjective. These works re-contextualize classical historical paintings by substituting what we already know (in paintings like Washington Crossing the Delaware and Liberty Leading the People) with low resolution and vaguely modeled clay reconstructions of the paintings. In these works, man has been replaced by clay, the mythological material of man. This symbolizes the malleability of the original information and the struggle to understand it enough to learn from it. The clay is later replaced by the “true” substance of man, meat. These works describe the romantic mode of trying to clinically dissect and anatomize the interior of the body and soul through the process of painting, sculpting and video, but ultimately serve as a Memento Mori. The works go on to critique the results of man’s habitual follies by showing the calamities that fester within contemporary politics that have similar ties with past mythologies. 

Gallery of Works:

1981-82 National Championship Women's Basketball Team

Coach Dick Halterman
Coach John Cochran
Ball Boy – Troy Halterman
Eleanor Carr
Rochelle McKenzie
Brenna Kelly
Carmela McMullen
Tammy Harryman
Janet Thompson
Kim Cooley
Lisa Brown
Georgia Hinson
Kathy Schulz
Denise Derrieux
Margrett Bassett
Jackie Glosson
Marion Fitzsimmons
Manager – Debbie Brown
Manager – John Peveler

1980-1981 Women's Basketball Team

Coach Dick Halterman
Coach John Cochran 
Sandy Moore
Pat Seger Zeitlow
Lisa Linathcum Holt
Patty Rapp Thorne
Renne Skaggs Brown
Vickie Crigler
Elenaor Carr
Rochelle McKenzie
Sheri Sills Schneider
Sara Figg Gillilan
Manager Roxie Robinson
Manager Debbie Brown

1977-78 Women’s Team

Coach Joyce Campbell
Assistant Coach Steve Hunter
Mary Smiley Wohlford
Linda Connor Seidt
Robin Fitzsimmons Trammell
Janet Jackson
Debbie Stith Head
Kristie Richards Musick
Donna Farris David
Brenda Rucker
Neal Head, trainer
Cara Sue Bowden Cockerham, manager