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.

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