What can be said about the modern educational system? This is the question that Jade Hoyer posed on Friday with her art exhibition, “study.”
The grand opening of the exhibit at the Rose Center in Morristown was on Friday, Jan. 6.
Appropriately, the art installation is housed inside the Rose Center, a former schoolhouse.
Hoyer’s art fits nicely, becoming part part of the room, mingling with the old school desks from Rose Center’s former life.
“What I love about installation art is that each of the pieces work collaboratively to create a larger impression,” Hoyer said. “The installation changes tone with each new venue. It is interesting to me that this time it is being shown in an old school building, with the original desks from the school.”
The exhibit features numerous pieces. Encircling the room are prints of desks, featuring various colors, words and patterns. The desks mimic the tops of desks where students had actually worked. Hoyer took carvings and sketches that students created over time from real desks and incorporated them into her pieces.
The tone of each desk reflects the emotions that Hoyer felt while she was working as an aide with the students.
In addition to the original prints of the desks, Hoyer has created new images that mimic the old Rose Center desks to help unify the room.
On the right side of the room, a massive piece of art dominated the wall. At first glance, the paper sculpture appears to be a flower, but the complexity in the piece is in the material composing the flower.
Hoyer took scantron sheets from the University of Tennessee and meticulously folded each one into a petal or a leaf. She said this singular piece took the most time to create.
“This one was the most technically rigorous to create. There are 300 scantron sheets in it,” Hoyer said. “Each piece of paper was five feet. Each panel is comprised of 16 triangle folds and each triangle took a couple of hours to glue, set and to make the prints surrounding them.”
The exhibition will be on display at the Rose Center through January.
Hoyer will be showing this exhibition again in Baltimore in the fall of 2017. She recently graduated with her masters in printmaking from the University of Tennessee and she will be beginning a fellowship with Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
-By Sarah Seal, Tribune Staff Writer