Department SpotlightArt Professors' Work Explores Social Alienation
Assistant Professor of Art Scott Kolbo says his work often is the
result of soaking up the world and getting angry. Most recently,
the usually mild-mannered Kolbo is raising his pencil against the
injustices of social alienation through a collaborative drawing
project with Associate Professor of Art Gordon Wilson. Funded by
Whitworth's Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning,
the project has yielded a series of drawings that explore the ways
in which one's environment can reflect or contribute to one's sense
"Gordon and I are very involved in the psychology and personality
of characters," says Kolbo, who is in his fourth year at Whitworth.
"So, we were both interested in developing characters who are
cultural outsiders or outcasts and in exploring some of the implications
of where those lines are drawn in society."
While the artists share a common interest in subject matter, their
modes of making art can be radically different. Wilson usually gets
to know his subjects and draws pictures to reflect their humanity;
Kolbo employs brooding, caricatured, sometimes hysterical-looking
figures, and a cutting sense of satire, to critique society. (See
Kolbo's website at www.existentialape.com.) Naaman Dirty, a recent
print featuring one of his most memorable characters, was named
Best of Show in Printmaking at the 28th annual Bradley National
Print and Drawing Exhibition.
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