An exhibit of sculpture by TROY alumnus Larry Strickland will open with a reception on Nov. 7 at the International Arts Center on the Troy Campus.
An exhibit of sculptures by
Alabama artist and Troy University alumnus Larry Strickland will open on Nov. 7
with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at TROY’s International Arts Center on the Troy Campus.
The exhibit, “Larry Strickland: Sticks
and Stones,” features
a collection of sculptures composed of materials Strickland has encountered in
nature, such as driftwood, heart pine, bones and stones. The exhibit will be on
display through Feb. 5.
Among the pieces included
in the exhibit is a larger-than-life horse, a Trojan warrior and numerous
angels. A series of poetry will be intertwined with the individual sculptures.
artistic vision co-exists with the destructive effects nature has inflicted
upon the materials, celebrating their movement and imperfection by
incorporating them into the sculpture’s design,” said Carrie Jaxon, curator of TROY’s International Arts Center. “Strickland sees in each lifeless piece of wood he stumbles upon the
representation of life’s cycle – birth, life, death, and re-birth through the artist’s vision.”
A native of Florala,
Strickland attended Troy State University following high school, but was
drafted into the Army, serving as an illustrator during the Vietnam War. After
the war, Strickland chose to further his career in art at the Ringling School
of Art in Sarasota, Fla., where he graduated at the top of his class. He later
returned to Troy State to complete his degree in 1984.
Strickland has shown his
artwork extensively throughout the United States in both solo and group
exhibitions. His works have been acquired by a long list of art patrons and
private collectors throughout the world. He has had work accepted for the
American Watercolor Society Exhibit in New York and has been accepted for
exhibition in various shows such as The Jean Lake Memorial Art Show, The
Greater New Orleans International Art Exhibit, and The Kentuck Festival.
primarily in weathered wood, using bone, copper, shell, deer horn and precious
metals as symbolic accents. He’s also well-known for his whimsical cityscape
paintings which focus on the old architecture of Southeastern cities.
Strickland is also an artist of the written word, writing poetry that at times
is inspired by his sculptures.
On the campus of Troy
University, Strickland is known for his 9-foot-tall bronze Trojan Warrior sculpture
which soars about the Academic Quad on the Troy Campus, which was finished in
2004. Similar statues are found at the University’s campuses in Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix
City, as well as overlooking the football field at Veterans Memorial Stadium in
“The nature of my work is a direct result of nature itself,” Strickland said. “The wood I find along creeks, streams, and in wooded areas has fallen, weathering over time by the elements. This natural process of decay is the process I work with. As each piece is excavated and cleaned, only the hardest and most durable wood remains. The movement and beauty of this driftwood becomes the soul of the sculpted piece, as its original form is always left recognizable even after my interpretation is hewn.”