January 31, 2012

"Do You See What I see?" Fine Arts Graduate/Undergraduate Exhibition in the Fishbowl and Alcove galleries

Do You See What I See?
Review by Tiffany Von Cannon, 
History of Art Undergraduate Student (2013)

Jean Paul Gomez, "Emancipation 3",Ink Jet Print
In the Fall of 2011, a handful of graduate and undergraduate students at Pratt Institute brought into this world a Fine Arts Exhibition at the moment on campus and on display. From these artists a manifestation of vision / experimentation unfolds. The raised portion of an etching remain blank while the crevices hold ink. Picture-like frames are splashed with acrylics while papers are torn and thrown on like confetti. There's a bright red pig at the left hand corner of the Fishbowl Gallery - by Brit Moseley - blasting sky high off his poop. An image of Jesus Christ in the Alcove Gallery is surrounded by white action figures on the back of a wooden canvas. Next to a stack of ripe bananas. Atop a white drawer by Jean Paul Gomez.

So what is it that these artists are trying to convey?

The abstract-  Nelson Plaza uses anatomic reference to depict the attachment of the body to the soul. Ian Swanson is conceptually driven in binary oppositions. His sculptural art is a fine line blended between what we reveal as human beings and what goes unseen. In the works of Rebecca Zeh, the ambivalent nature of her figures in orange compel the viewer to take a closer look. People of all ages are depicted in relation to their purpose in depth of the composition. Ryan Lammie's massive "Playground" is a magnification of textures and patterns overlooking the landscape incognito.
Amy Mathis, "Catastrophe!"
Foam, Cardboard, Fabric, Tape,Paper Mache, Plastic

The technique - Mina Park hangs her fluttering formations against a brick wall to uncover the various degrees of transparency with tracing paper and flour paste. Amy Mathis constructs the "Catasrophe!" using foam, fabric, cardboard, tape, plastic and papier-mache. The "Pseudomemory-Red Couch" by Jain Kwak is a set of lined and blank index cards in repetition of an angled couch in red mylar.

Exhibition Photos by Lauren Smith

This exhibition is part of the Student Exhibition Spaces Program coordinated by the Center for Career and Professional Development at Pratt Institute.  All current students can submit work for inclusion in future exhibitions by emailing ccpdprograms@gmail.com for more information.

January 25, 2012

Peer Book Report: I'd rather be in the studio by Alyson B. Stanfield

 I'd rather be in the studio:
The Artist's No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion
Alyson B. Stanfield

As artists we may not realize that we build a brick wall between us and opportunity. Often, we make excuses that we can't work, we can't get ourselves out there, and that we can't find ways to be successful. The studio may be where we find inspiration, but that shouldn't be the only place. We shouldn't confine ourselves to the studio walls surrounding us; we should throw ourselves into the world and take charge of our art lives. Alyson B. Stanfield reveals her secrets of self-promotion that have already enhanced many art careers. Marketing is one of the most important aspects of promoting our careers. Personal skills and internet marketing strategies are what we need to board the train of success! Jump on and take advantage of all this book has to offer. Within the pages you'll also find:
  • How to define your goals and plan your dream track of success
  • How to build your mailing list, inventory your artwork and organize the rest of your information
  • How to put yourself at ease and free your creative mind
  • How to prepare your artist statement and separate your artwork from others 
  • How to polish your image and create a knock out portfolio
  • How to amplify your online presence
In the words of Alyson B. Stanfield, "Go after your career with gusto." But if I were you, I'd start with reading this book! Get this book and others by visiting the Career Services office in East Hall.

To see other books in our library, see our collection at http://www.librarything.com/catalog/prattcareer.