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Sculptor Michael Darling Brings Exhibit to Gallery at University of Redlands

The exhibition will be held at the Ann Peppers Gallery on the University of Redlands campus. A special opening reception is scheduled 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 9, which will include a Q&A session with Darling.

The University of Redlands plans to host a sculpture exhibit by artist Michael Darling titled "MINE: I HAVE SOMETHING TO SHOW YOU," Jan. 7 to Jan. 30, a school representative announced Thursday.

Darling is a Wisconsin-born sculptor who has been working in New York off-Broadway theatre since 1999, U of R spokeswoman Patty Zurita said in a statement. Currently he is head of technical direction at the California Institute of the Arts.

During the past decade, Darling has been working on a series of block constructions based on the concept of the "haves" and the "have-nots," Zurita said.

Darling's visual influences are rooted in materials, architecture, bacteria, 1970s sci-fi and text, Zurita said. He uses wood, metal, used materials, and objects taken, found or cut from abandoned factories in Western Massachusetts that he has collected.

"By using the blocks and objects like abstract brushstrokes he tries to create with the idea that he is the disavowed worker making this out of what was once his boss' office," Zurita said.

The exhibition will be held at the Ann Peppers Gallery on the University of Redlands campus. A special opening reception is scheduled 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 9, which will include a Q&A session with Darling.

The event is free and open to the public, Zurita said.

The Ann Peppers Gallery is open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The University of Redlands is an independent, nonprofit liberal arts and sciences university founded in 1907.

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