‘Assemblage’ exhibit gives life to obsolete things

A new exhibition titled “Some Assemblage Required: Sculptural Work by John Gaunt” will feature more than 25 sculptures and drawings. The show opens on Friday at The Box Gallery, 1100 Walnut.

The Box Gallery in Downtown KC will open a unique “Assemblage” of artwork on Friday.

Lawrence-based John Gaunt has held a life-long interest in drawing, but over the last few years has developed a body of philosophical and anthropomorphic sculptural work in his home studio. Gaunt animates found metal objects by energizing obsolete machine parts that would otherwise be consigned to the scrap heap.

Gaunt’s Box Gallery show is one of many artists, galleries and studios to participate in First Friday arts activities on Friday evening in the Crossroads Arts District.

Gaunt served as Dean of the School of Architecture, Design & Planning at The University of Kansas, for 21 years, stepping own in June. The influence of his career as an educator, and an architect who practiced professionally for many years, is evident in the clever construction and effective design of his work.

“My work is in the tradition of ‘Assemblage’ in which the combination and composition of seemingly disparate parts expresses a lyrical idea, symbol, or metaphor – giving new life to obsolete things…, ” Gaunt said.

The show opens on Friday, July 3 and runs through Wednesday, Aug. 26. The opening date begins with an artist reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. that is free and open to the public.

The Box Gallery is open to the public Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free parking validation is available.