Written by Veronika Golden and Travis Hughes
A unique perspective on the context of the human body will be on display in the Jacob Spori Art Gallery from May 4 to June 14.
To preface the exhibit, Body & Meaning, the artists, BYU professors Bryon Draper and Brian Christensen, will be holding a reception on May 3 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“The artists explore the human condition through figurative sculptures in both contemporary and traditional forms in this exhibit,” said Kyoung Dabell, the curator of the Jacob Spori Art Gallery in an email invitation.
The exhibit will have examples of Draper and Christensen’s perspectives on the human body. Those interested in hearing their reasoning can attend Thursday night’s reception.
Dabell invites students to come and visit with the artists in person.
According to the Jacob Spori Art Gallery website, “Christensen and Draper strive to ask vital questions about history, thought and existence through representations of the human body and its context.”
Christensen received a Master of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. Along with being a sculptor, Christensen also teaches courses in ceramics, 3D design, and sculpture at BYU and has worked with the BYU Egypt Excavation Project. Christensen exhibits his work nationally and internationally.
According to Deseret News, Christensen is “a sculptor who thrives on giving his finished pieces a sense of history, as if they were at one time functional.”
More can be found about Christensen on his website, https://brian-christensen.com/
Draper received his Master of Fine Arts from BYU, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts from BYU-Hawaii. His work has been shown nationally.
“The sculptures are constructed with the incomplete figure, they involve the viewer by giving them the opportunity to participate in visually connecting the segments in a way that is understandable to them,” Draper said on his website. “Most people, whether consciously or subconsciously, have the desire to put pieces of information together in such a way that life becomes meaningful.”
According to Deseret News, “(Draper’s) Steward of the Palace, with its schizophrenic union of body parts and rock is especially good.”
More information can be found about Draper on his website, https://bryondraper.com/
All are invited as admission is free and refreshments will be provided.