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Miles away from ordinary
Gainesville State College professors exhibit flies off to Spain
"Antimonada VI" (2006), digital impression on paper over aluminum, by Spanish artist and professor Juan M. Moro.


Artist and Gainesville State College professor Stacy Koffman describes the process of bringing artwork made by her and professor Cynthia Lollis to exhibit in Spain.

It’s not often you see an actual migrating art exhibit.

But that’s what Gainesville State College art professors Stacy Koffman and Cynthia Lollis have created with their exhibit, "Cranes," which premiered at the college’s Roy C. Moore Art Gallery last August.

Now, the exhibit travels to Spain, where it will be on display at the University of Cantabria. The trip is part of an exchange with four art professors from the Spanish college, which specializes in graphic design and digital arts.

Koffman said she and Lollis will be able to travel to Spain over spring break — next week — to hang the exhibit and oversee the installation of their video piece. Which is a good thing, she said, because the two so far have simply a description of the space to go by.

"We have taken pieces from the Gainesville State show and the Perimeter College show, and we’ve added more pieces, so it’s kind of been this growing puzzle," Koffman said, adding that they added more prints on frosted Mylar, as well as original oils by Koffman and a book by Lollis.

"We hope to display those things (thenew pieces) in one section of the gallery, and then images from each of the other exhibits — we photographed the other exhibits, so we have documentation of those that will be in the show — and then an installation," she said. "And the installation we really won’t know until we get there how we’ll deal with the sound or the space.

The Spanish show, which continues at Gainesville State until March 7, is more traditional pieces, she said. It features the works of Joaquin Martinez Cano, Luis A. Fuentes Ghislain, Juan M. Moro and Jaoquin Cano Quintana. Although artist and professor Moro, a longtime printmaker who now created his prints digitally, has some three-dimensional pieces in the show, too.

"It’s four graphic artists and printmakers. Some of the works are flat, two-dimensional works and some are, I guess you could say high-relief works," Koffman said. "They’re like graphics that actually come off the wall where he’s applied the graphic imagery to some type of metal that actually protrudes off the piece."

Moro, in a teleconference from the college, said his background as a printmaker separates him from more traditional artists.

"I have work that is also related to my activity as writer and investigator in the printmaking media, and in that sense it is not very common position in my country," he said. "On the other hand, I always move, and I always relate my art to printmaking. Most of the other artists I know, they relate their main work to painting or sculpture, and printmaking is a technical work."

Much of his work concerns windows and the spaces around them. His other pieces are more reminiscent of Pop art, with multiple images and objects superimposed over another image.

"I have a radical point of view about some ideas that are very innate in actuality," he said. "I don’t think I have moved from my same self to look at the page or the light."