Nestor Armando Gil, assistant professor of art, presented the multimedia installation Pan (Myotopia) this fall in the Williams Visual Arts Building’s Grossman Gallery.
The exhibit consisted of hundreds of cement boats with sails of homemade bread arranged across the floor on beds of granulated salt. All the boats were oriented toward a barren land mass made of large blocks of salt.
An excerpt from the exhibit description: Pan (Myotopia) is a multimedia installation exploring borders and relocation/dislocation, whether psychological, physical, or geographical. Employing a sad and comic sensibility, the work in this installation presents situations at once absurd and tragic. Through the use of images and forms that suggest landscape, bodies of water, and horizons, Gil establishes deceptively simple environments to which viewers respond, bringing their own histories and perspectives to the experience.
Mark Tajzler ’14 (Wilmington, Del.), an English and art double major, worked with Gil as an EXCEL Scholar and helped with the development and installation of the exhibit. The installation previously ran at the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art in Athens, Ga., and RK Projects in Providence, R.I.