It was a packed house on Saturday as students, faculty and the general public gathered into what was once an old yoga studio but has now been transformed into an art exhibit titled, 135 A Collective. The exhibit not only featured studentsâ€™ artwork but it was put together by the students themselves; advanced photographers from PCC. The exhibit was a do-it-yourself project.
The Kutzer Management Company and Peter Kutzer loaned the space to the students. â€œWeâ€™ve had it for two months. It was called Yoga Blue, and the students painted the space which used to be blue [and did] the lighting,â€ said Betsy Kenyon, adjunct faculty and project director.
The goal was to make the exhibit have a professional feel.
â€œWe wanted it to feel like an art gallery and not an art fair,â€ Kenyon said.
The artworks ranged from interactive fine art to photos, with visitors encouraged to interact with the artwork.
One piece, by Emma Rosenthal titled â€œThis is Home,â€ was set up like a room with doors, lamps, and the walls covered in tiny photographs of different houses in Los Angeles.
Michael Allen, film, commented on the originality of the piece.
â€œIâ€™ve never seen anything like this; itâ€™s really cool,â€ Allen said.
Another piece by Miguel Esperanza, titled, â€œThe Church of Heaven/ Hell,â€ was a cluster of religious flyers posted on a glass wall which read, â€œHurry, Be Saved, and Pay Me,â€ on the piece.
â€œWhenever you get those flyers, you donâ€™t find the time or need for them, but I wanted to use that medium of worthless pieces of paper [which] still have some content to them,â€ said Esperanza.
As the night went on more people began showing up, examining the artwork, having fun, touching the artwork, sitting in it, and taking pictures of it.
English Associate professor Joseph Sierra was impressed with the quality of the artwork.
â€œI donâ€™t go to a lot of [these things], and Iâ€™m really impressed. I forget sometimes how talented the students are,â€ said Sierra.
Kyle Walters liked the variety in the exhibit.
â€œI liked it. Each room has its own feel; you can tell what the artist is going for,â€ said Walters.
Joseph Futtner, Dean of the Visual Arts and Media Studies division, hopes to continue these types of events.
â€œIt was a wonderful act of coordination among the faculty members, Leslie Fisher, the city of Pasadena and me, but I donâ€™t want to take any of the credit. I hope this is the beginning. We are hoping other classes in the future [continue these types of events],â€ he said.