RICHLAND — “Pecking Order Established,” a mixed media art exhibit commenting on the fight for financial wealth, opens Jan. 12 at WSU Tri-Cities.
 
The opening reception is at 5 p.m. Jan. 12 in the Art Center at WSU Tri-Cities, in the Consolidated Information Center, 2770 University Drive, Richland. The reception includes a presentation at 5:30 p.m. by artist Jay Hollick of Richland. Admission is free to the public.
 
“Throughout history, violence has been a motivator for change and has been expressed through play,” said Hollick, who describes himself as an interdisciplinary artist. “Such forms of play are considered combative sports and include games like football, wrestling and boxing. These are all games where aggression is portrayed as a valuable trait.
 
“This trait is seen as playing an important role in our own lives as we climb the corporate ladder to success. People are driven to succeed by rewards of money, power and prestige. Within the show ‘Pecking Order Established,’ I explore these traits within the context of a sandbox,” he said.
 
“The sandbox is a reference both for the combative sports that are watched on television or played as children as well as a reference for our own lives as we struggle to succeed within the corporate world. In reality we never leave the sandbox, we just move to a larger more complex box, one where adults fight for financial wealth.”
 
The exhibit runs through Jan. 30. The Art Center’s regular hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
 
“Pecking Order Established” is part of the Spring 2009 Liberal Arts Season of Events and is co-sponsored by the student-run Digital Technology, Arts and Culture Club.