NAU Art Museum presents exhibit designed to highlight the confusion of life

Spectator viewing a tall, humanoid sculpture where one person is leaning into another.

Sept. 11, 2019

The Northern Arizona University Art Museum unveiled its new exhibit, “Rough and Tumble: Sculptures by Eric Conrad,” which will be on display from Sept. 10 to Nov. 23. The exhibit highlights the general confusion caused by life and thwarted desires, which takes shape in the features of large faceless and vaguely humanoid or zoomorphic sculptures.

“I like the thrill of making something out of nothing, or less than nothing,” Conrad said. “Things that have been used and discarded sometimes tend to feel like they have less than zero value. It’s meaningful to work with materials that had a history of use before they came to me.” 

Conrad is based out of Lawrence, Kansas, and has exhibited both internationally and in the United States. He received a bachelor of arts in mathematics and fine art from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and a master of fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.

His art uses secondhand material such as used-clothing, cheap souvenirs and old team mascots.

The NAU Art Museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is located inside Old Main on the Flagstaff campus. Entry into the museum is free with $2 suggested as a donation.

For more information, contact the NAU Art Museum at (928) 523-3471.