Friday, September 5, 2014, Roanoke College welcomes Ralph Eaton and his exhibition, Tournament of Kudzu Parade, to the Olin Gallery. Eaton’s work will be installed from September 5th through October 5th.
Starting at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 there will be a lecture presented by Eaton in Olin Recital Hall, and then following from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. will be the opening reception of Tournament of Kudzu Parade.
Eaton was employed by the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA for 10 years before returning to Roanoke, VA. Upon returning he has volunteered for local events such as The Marginal Arts Festival Parade and PROject proJECT, where he assisted in the organization and production of such events, as well as contributing his personal artwork.
The title of this exhibition “is a riff on the annual Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, Ca.,” said the Olin Gallery website, and the theme is “stop making sense”. For this exhibition Eaton has converted a full scale parade mentality for an indoor display with sculptural experiments he has been working on for years. “The result is a mash-up of lowbrow absurdist spectacle, low budget DIY float construction, with a dayglo palette and psychedelic lighting,” Olin Gallery website described. The displays have been constructed as a reuse and recycle mentality, with a partnership with Goodwill Industries of the Valleys.
Further, Smoyer Gallery, a smaller subsection of Olin Gallery, will be receiving an exhibition of new gifts for the Permanent Art Collection. These gifts, titled New Acquisitions, will be displayed from September 5th through October 5th as well. Gifts will be received from both internationally and nationally known artists, included but not limited to: Alex Brown, Michelle Arcilia, Pattie Lee Becker, Franklin Evans, Tatsuro Kiuchi, Valerie Roybal, and Firooz Zahedi.
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