Starting on November 15, Reinhardt University began to host an art exhibit by artist and alumni, Kendrick Shackleford, in the Falany Performing Arts Center. In 2002, Shackleford received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Reinhardt University and he would later go on to earn his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Of the work displayed, it is evident that Shackleford has an abstract approach in his creative process that is executed in a very aesthetically pleasing manner. Of the number of pieces displayed, there is a portion of pieces done with Indian ink, as well as marker. Though he only used one color, the different values and shades of black add depth to each piece. Shackleford’s technique is to be commended in the way that it catches a viewers attention, as well as making them look deeper into the piece and manifest their own interpretations of it. The ability to look past what is on the canvas and deeper into the meanings of the piece is indeed one of the many wonders of art.
Out of all of the works displayed, is seemed that the piece titled “Big Thumper” was one of the favorites amongst viewers, judging by observation. This piece was a prime example of the abstract approach Shackleford has when it comes to his artwork. The line work as well as the many colors used in “Big thumper” is very stimulating visually and displays Shackleford’s talent as an artist in the beautifully chaotic aspect of this piece. Upon asking some of the viewers on how they felt about this piece, the described it as “fun”,”busy”, “exciting”, “colorful”, as well as being “a time to look at.“ Along with Reinhardt University, Shackleford also has work on display in a number of galleries in cities such as New York City, as well as Chicago. His ambitions transcend a canvas, for he is also currently an art professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. Shackleford’s work will be displayed until December 17. It is encouraged to stop by and see it for yourself if you haven’t done so already.