Two artists spin perceptions at new Athenaeum exhibitions opening Friday, June 21

From Athenaeum Reports

An opening reception for “Echoes” by Tom Driscoll, and “Bound” by Lisa Venditelli, will be held 6:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, June 21 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. The public is invited to attend the free event.

Pieces from the installation by Tom Driscoll, 2013


A native of San Diego, Driscoll has exhibited at Quint Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, among many others. His interest in molds and sculpture in cast cement has led to this current body of work.

In a press release advancing the exhibit, Driscoll writes, “The core thought running through the selection of work presented here is the use of discarded industrial packaging to make art.

“I developed an interest in found molds during longtime employment as a night custodian at a Scripps oceanographic research lab, where on a regular basis, Styrofoam and plastic packaging materials that were originally used to protect products during shipping were discarded in a recycling bin. I appropriated the discarded shapes for my art interests.”

“Echoes” will be on display through July 27 in the Joseph Clayes III Gallery.


Venditelli’s “Bound” will be on display in the Rotunda Gallery, also through July 27.  This collection of her work was metaphorically and literally constrained by the verb, noun and adjective, “bound.”

'Oh Sophia' by Lisa Venditelli

Addressing social concerns, particularly women’s issues and religion, objects like high heel shoes or bibles are bound by thread, gauze, nylon, and sausage casings or suspended in silicon.

Of this body of work, Venditelli said, “How many aspects of binding reveal themselves in these simple pieces; how revealing might this be to you, the observer, overcoming the bounds of your initial reflexive reaction to familiar objects in unfamiliar form?”

Venditelli received a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from Mills College. She has exhibited locally at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Lux Art Institute, and David Zapf Gallery and nationally at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, the Holter Museum of Art, and the Museo Italo Americano.

Her work has also been selected for several of the Athenaeum’s annual juried exhibitions.

The Athenaeum is closed on Sunday and Monday, but open to the public 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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