On Thursday evening, people could be seen inside the Jacob Spori Art Gallery observing graphite pictures of metal chairs in an exhibit called Repetition.
There were drawings of chairs stacked on top of chairs, chairs formed in large circles, solitary chairs and chairs facing one another. Each one of these pictures had a meaning and tied into repetition in religion and mental health.
Brady Smith, the man behind the drawings, said the idea for metal chairs had been coming to mind since 2010.
Smith wanted to create something that would express some of the mental health challenges he faced as an adult.
Smith’s work will be open to the public until early April.
Throughout the gallery, people could be seen chatting about Smith’s chairs.
James Lyman, a sophomore studying art, said he had never seen an exhibit like Smith’s before.
“There’s always an interesting exhibit here, but I’ve never seen one with all chairs,” Lyman said.
Lindsay Howlett, a sophomore studying art education, was intrigued by one of Smith’s drawings of a solitary metal chair.
“There is a single chair and it is put in a corner like a time-out,” Howlett said. “It is both very powerful and unique.”
To add an element of fun to his exhibit, Smith offered an original drawing from his collection to whoever could guess how many chairs were displayed throughout his drawings.
One woman could even be seen walking around with a calculator app open on her phone.
For more information about art collections found in the Jacob Spori Art Gallery, visit BYU-I’s Art Gallery .website