Ryan Chartrand

Palimpsest, an exhibition of recent works by art and design seniors Kate Nakamura and Kyle Wilhelm, opens at 6 p.m. tonight at 1060 Osos St.

Nakamura’s work addresses the effects of gender roles and age on identity and social standing. Greatly influenced by four years of glassblowing experience, she recently turned her emphasis to mixed media sculpture.

In “Sometimes I Dream in Steel” (pictured far right), Nakamura examines “iron lung culture” by exploring similarities between the machine’s effect on the human lung and the process of using a bellows to blow glass.

However, Nakamura said “there is a point when the glass becomes static, immovable and cold. Through this idea, one could relate back to the purpose of placing someone inside an iron lung in order for them to breathe.”

Wilhelm’s work is comprised of large-scale paintings done in oil on canvas. As a double major in art and history, his paintings “concern historical events that took place before and during the Soviet period in Russia,” specifically focusing on societal changes that resulted from the “revolutionary civil wars that helped create the Soviet Union.”

The exhibition runs from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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