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Gough brings ‘everyday’ art

“The Resulting Effect” will open this Sunday and run through February 26.

Timothy Gough was not your typical middle schooler. Instead of tackling his homework, he sat at his desk and fiddled around with anything he could get his hands on.

He removed the silver handles from a couple of binder clips, linked them together, and unveiled his very first sculpture. He didn’t know it at the time, but this moment would later serve as an awake.

‘I remembered this discovery during my time as an undergrad [at the University of Massachusetts] and decided to explore it,’ Gough said.

The outcome of his pursuit has surfaced in his debut solo exhibition entitled ‘The Resulting Effect,’ which will debut at UMass’ Hampden Gallery this Sunday.

Despite his knack for sculpting, Gough only developed the art bug a few years ago in 2005, when he transferred into UMass’ art program.

‘In hindsight, it could have been a disastrous move,’ said Gough. ‘I took a ceramics course my second semester as an art major and the professor, Nancy LaPointe, convinced me to focus on sculpture.’

Despite being a newcomer to the field, Gough did not allow himself to feel belittled.

He viewed his inexperience as a unique asset ‘minus; a way to stretch his audience across a broad spectrum.

‘I feel that I can relate to the average person on the street who hasn’t been formally trained to appreciate art,’ he said. ‘One of my highest priorities is to create work that is accessible to this particular audience ‘hellip; I have to be able to please both crowds.’

Gough has put his best foot forward in order to accomplish this with ‘The Resulting Effect.’

Over the past 18 months he has managed to create an array of sculptures that are made out of large quantities of everyday objects, such as nails and thumb tacks.

‘Most folks don’t know what 43,000 nails look like or what 36,000 thumb tacks look like,’ said Gough. ‘A large quantity of an object also lends itself to repetition and pattern, two characteristics that I find particularly appealing.’

The artwork for this exhibit comes as a continuation of a series Gough completed for his 2007 thesis entitled ‘Alchemy,’ which consisted of four pieces on display at the Student Union Gallery.

‘For the Hampden exhibit, I tried to create pieces that would be familiar to the folks who saw my first show as definitely Tim’s work, while at the same time, retaining the shock of seeing something familiar in a new and exciting format,’ he said.

Timothy Gough’s ‘The Resulting Effect will be on display this Sunday at the Fine Arts Center‘s Hampden Art Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will run through February 26.

‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ Heather Waxman can be reached at [email protected].

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