A solo exhibition by Professor of Art and Architecture A.E. Ted Aub will open at the Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery on Friday, Oct. 3. An opening reception for “Objets Irreal” will take place that evening from 5 to 7 p.m. and the exhibit will run through Oct. 31. Aub will feature up to 12 of his pieces, with two debuting at the show.
“lEsS iS mOrE” and “mOrE iS lEsS” are Aub’s newest works. Cast in rockite and plaster, the two male figures who Aub calls “politicians” will be displayed as though in a heated conversation. The works were inspired by a children’s top that has been in his studio for some time, as well as the folk art style he admires. The bases of each are rounded and can rock and roll like the inspirational top and Aub has painted the figures in muted tones.
“I’ve been thinking for a long time how to add color to my sculptures without making them too colorful. Folk art has color, but there’s not a huge contrast,” says Aub.
All of the works in Aub’s exhibition also feature his passion for symmetry. “The pieces are overtly symmetrical. There is a clear center line showing the whole is made up of two opposites,” he notes.
Aub was invited to present the solo show earlier this summer, just prior to leaving the country for two weeks. When he returned, he worked on the two new figures “every day, all day and into the night since the end of July.” The desire to push himself to create new works was among the reasons he accepted the invitation.
He also believes solo exhibitions are important because they represent the range of ideas of a single artist. Not all works are set in one theme, but rather relate to each other, “which is typical of the artistic experience,” he says.
In 2013, Aub was the recipient of the Classes of 1964 Endowed Chair, established in honor of the 40th Reunion of those classes to help the Colleges recognize a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. He has been a member of the department of art and architecture at HWS since 1981. Public projects of his on the Colleges’ campus include sculptures of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell and William Smith.
Other public works include a series of sculptures at The Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables, Fla. Aub has also been commissioned for private and public sculptures in Korea and most recently in Jinan, China. One of Aub’s sculptures is on permanent display at Nazareth, outside the gallery. He created it to memorialize a faculty member.
He has been recognized with numerous national and regional awards. In the region, he has been a regular contributor to the biannual “Finger Lakes Exhibition,” at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester. On two occasions he has won the coveted museum award. Aub has also been included in the Everson Biennial in Syracuse and the State Museum in Albany as well as many college galleries.