— Mott Community College’s Fine Arts Gallery in the Visual Arts and Design Center will present an exhibition of work by Sculptor Matthew Boonstra titled Autodiscomfort. His work will be in the gallery through Nov. 2.
Matthew Boonstra is currently a visiting Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma and worked recently as a part-time instructor in drawing at Mott Community College. He received a BFA from Eastern Michigan University and an MFA from Michigan State University. He has exhibited his work as a recipient of the International Sculpture Center 2009 Student Awards Traveling Exhibition, Manufacturing Sympathies, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, Michigan and dis?place?ment at Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan. His many awards include Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture, International Sculpture Center, Third Prize, All Media Exhibition, Detroit Artists Market and Award of Merit, Greater Michigan Arts Exhibition, Midland Museum of Science and Art.
His work for this exhibition will include an installation of sculpture made from steel, plaster, iron chips and magnets. His artist statement reads as follows:
“Autodiscomfort is an augmentation of my studio activity and research on the automotive workers struggle to adjust to the current economic environment. I empathize with these individuals and express the physical and emotional displacement and transformation due to the diffusion of the United States industrial base.”
The Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Visual Arts and Design Center on the Mott Community College main campus in Flint, 1401 E. Court St. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The public is welcome. For information, call the Art and Design office at 810-762-0443. — G.G.