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Loyola visual arts professors collaborate for exhibit at Spring Hill College

January 6, 2012

Loyola University New Orleans visual arts professors Christopher Deris and Karoline Schleh will launch their collaborative sculpture exhibit, “Penny Arcade,” with an opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Eichold Gallery at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs until Feb. 3.

According to Deris and Schleh, penny arcades of the early 1900s lured audiences to spend their money on games that promised glimpses into exotic lands, fortune-telling and love testing. Inspired by those games, Deris and Schleh have combined their artistic tastes and skills to create a series of sculptural inventions that nod to the aesthetics of the coin-operated devices which proliferated throughout early amusement parks and gaming houses.

“These animated, toy-like paintings reflect the subtle mechanics of how people interact with each other through conversation and touch,” Schleh and Deris said. “The goal is to simplify the intangible nuances of intimate communication into an objective visceral experience for the audience, as in the past, by merely inserting a penny and turning a handle.”

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