Waletr Zurko: Looking up..to look down

Walter Zurko, "Janus," 2015; 7 h x 7 w x 4 d (inches), OSB, plywood, card-board, plaster, and dye. Courtesy of the artist.



The CWAM will be closed through April 6, 2015,
for the College's Spring Break and installation.

The galleries will reopen on Tuesday, April 7.


April 7-May 10, 2015

WALTER ZURKO looking up to look down

Burton D. Morgan Gallery

  • Opening Reception
    Wednesday, April 8
    6:30-8:00 p.m.
    Gallery talk by the artist at 7:00 p.m.

Scholar rocks are carefully selected limestone fragments or roots that first appeared in China during the Song Dynasty (CE 960–1279). They functioned as objects for contemplation by encouraging the scholar to "look up" at the big picture—nature. Walter Zurko's new sculpture series riff on this idea through his rephrasing of the original's resemblance to mountains, promontories, and other geological phenomena.

Unlike traditional scholar stones, Zurko's sculpture is crafted from man-made, cheaply manufactured products such as Oriented Strand Board (OSB), plywood, and cardboard. By "looking down," and returning visually unappealing substrates and packing materials to the ideal of the natural world, Zurko conflates and collapses time and space to raise questions about what defines the contemporary scholar.