Lawrence Tech professor exhibits 25 years of his art
Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
Associate Professor Thomas Regenbogen of the Department of Art and Design will display artistic works from the past 25 years in the UTLC gallery from Nov. 4 to Dec. 4. The exhibit is titled “The Lonely Impulse of Delight.”
Regenbogen began teaching at Lawrence Tech in 1979 and has been a full-time faculty member since 1981. He has taught a number of art courses, including basic design.
He offered the following explanation for this 25 year retrospective of his own work:
“I always loved to draw, delighting in capturing people’s likenesses. As a mature artist, drawing became less about observation and more about opening a channel to my imagination. Quick sketches became like faxes showing people in places and situations that I hadn’t directly experienced. They were solitary flights to achieve what Yeats called “The Lonely Impulse of Delight” in his poem about the fate of an Irish Airman. This line suggests a closed loop of finding solitary self-satisfaction that seems similar to what one experiences in imaginative artistic pursuits. Each drawing or painting fulfills an impulse to picture things from my imagination, free from any sense of duty, standards or approvals.
“During the past 25 years, my artworks have come in distinct clusters and groupings. Sometimes they come one after another or sometimes years apart. Within the groups there are variations on themes like branches sprouting off and away from a trunk. These exercises of imagination have served me both as an artist and a teacher.
“Respecting my imagination as unique and fruitful has provided me with an equal appreciation for the imaginations of students and colleagues.
“My thanks and gratitude to all the students, faculty and staff I’ve known over the past 30 years. My thanks to Provost Maria Vaz and Dean Glen Leroy for providing this opportunity of a Retrospective Show.”
His most recent public solo exhibit was from January to April 2009 at the Art Gallery of Windsor. The show consisted of 32 black and white monoprints titled “Venus and Mars.” James Patten, the AGO’s chief curator observed:
“Tom Regenbogen’s illustrations are an allegory – a story with two premises – a literal one as well as one with symbolic meaning. There are moral, social, religious and political messages and the gender characteristics depicted have the human traits of greed, envy and altruism. The thing that really interested us about Tom’s work was the subject matter, the concept of the battle of the Sexes – Venus and Mars – is really intriguing. … We thought his works were really beautiful and quite stunning – the way he takes that theme and builds on it with variations. It’s the same theme but [each] one is quite unique. … It’s very expressive and it deals with a universal issue which is love…I think people will come away feeling that they have been challenged by his work, but it has also touched them because love is an issue that everyone deals with in their lives …. It’s very theatrical and I hope that there will be some good discussions about the roles of men and women and how they interact with each other.”
My artworks are in the permanent collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Art Gallery of Windsor.