Unknown to most students, the Union Grove Gallery, nestled between the Conference Training Center and Morton Hall on the northern end of campus, commonly plays host to a myriad of interesting and thought-provoking art exhibitions. Currently, the Union Grove Gallery is hosting a video and mixed media project by the New York based artist Carrie Fonder titled “…sometimes the goat eats you.”
This unique and highly entertaining multi-media exhibition is centered around a large projection playing a brief video of several goats eating a goat-shaped pinata made of vegetables. Dispersed throughout the space are several mound shaped sculptures that double as seating to watch the featured video. While the video is without a doubt comical, it features themes involving life and death that were inspired by the artist’s observations of goats while in Southern India on a Fulbright grant. Prominently featured in both the video and the rest of the exhibition are tissue paper flowers meant to contrast the role flowers play as awards with those given after death. Because the video is only a few minutes long, it is highly encouraged and feels almost compulsory to watch it multiple times.
“…sometimes the goat eats you” will remain on display at the Union Grove Gallery until Feb. 6. During this time, the gallery will be open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Admission is free and open to the public. On Feb. 6 there will be a closing reception and a talk by the artist from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm that is also free and open to the public. For the rest of the year, the Union Grove Gallery will continue to play host to a variety of exhibitions, along with student art shows, that are always well worth checking out.