By MEGHAN ALESSI
You might have noticed all of the bright colors emanating from the Cochenour Gallery recently (outside of the Jacobs Gallery in the LRC). If not, you missed out. From Feb. 1 to Feb. 24 an exhibit titled “Chromaspheric Wanderer” was displayed and it featured the work of John Mosher, a multi-media artist.
There were several pieces displayed on the walls of the gallery, featuring large collages made from a variety of materials: anything from crayons to magazine clippings to charcoal. Mosher is a fan of humor and that can be seen quite clearly in his work. For example, in a piece titled “Singin’ in the Drain” he used a magazine clipping of the arm of a chair to create a “helmet” for a woman, which he said made him laugh for a good while. At first glance it’s hard to tell what the object is, but once you know it does seem humorous. One of the most humorous aspects of the exhibit was the titles, which are seemingly random but are related to his perspective of the piece. A few of these titles included, “An awkward moment in which the quotation marks literally fell from the edges of the sentence and wiggled on the floor” and “Redman loses his cool and uses a shoe for a telephone.” Here again his humor comes through. Aside from the mixed media collages, large prints done with printing ink in a linear pattern were displayed.
Mosher also enjoys making videos and he even edited one once he got to Georgetown’s campus. He had begun working on it previous to his arrival but wanted to add some things that were perhaps tailored to his experience here. The video in the exhibit featured the same bright color patterns as the ink prints next to it. The video was silent and included a small clip from the movie “Godzilla” where deep sea divers slowly drift downward in the water to capture the giant creature. He said he had always remembered liking that scene and knew he would use it in one of his videos someday. He encouraged students to write everything down in a journal or sketchbook, no matter how silly or crazy the idea is. You never know when you may use that idea, whether it’s a few weeks, months or even years later.
All of Mosher’s pieces are highly imaginative. He does not sketch before he begins. He starts with one element (a small brushstroke, clipping, etc.) and then progresses from there, mirroring his images and balancing them with one another. When he began this type of work years ago, he didn’t like to have a visible shape, like a human face for example. However, as you can see in his more recent pieces his thoughts on that have changed. Many of his works have a discernible shape to them, but even so it is left up to the viewer to determine what exactly that shape is, which makes it more open-ended.
Unfortunately, if all of this sounds interesting and you want to check it out, you will no longer be able to find it in the LRC. However, feel free to browse Mosher’s website, www.johncmosher.com. Also, I would encourage you to stop by future events in the three art galleries we have on campus (Jacobs, Cochenour and Anne Wright Wilson). The artists appreciate the interest and why not get some Nexus credit?