By: Carolyn Osorio , Theory, Criticism and History of Art Undergraduate Student (2013)
The Fishbowl Gallery currently displays a survey of work from the Graduate Printmaking program. These Pratt MFA students show great variety in their techniques, subject manner, and artistic vision. From etchings to silkscreen to more traditional oil on canvas, the mediums explored add to the multiplicity of this exhibition.
Jes Hughes, The Eyes of All, Relief on Veneer, 4' x 4', 2012
The relief work by Jes Hughes titled The Eyes of All is a unique layered work atop a large slab of dark wood veneer. The black and white floral motifs starkly contrast with the natural and seemingly organic background of the veneer. The colonial style house located in the center of the work serves as an almost unsettling focal point as it rests on purely white floral motifs that stand out from the bouquet. The attention grabbing words framing this central scene add a sense of narrative to the work, making the viewer contemplate their meaning. The artists overall mixture of elements that don’t traditionally work together makes the piece truly stand out.
Nelson Plaza, Elevation, Oil on Canvas, 2012
In a more traditional medium, oil and canvas, Nelson Plaza creates an innovative world of free floating space and shapes. Elevation (Big) shows the deterioration of a body as its essence moves out into space. Blending the lines between realism and the abstract Plaza creates an innovative scene of both the physical and psychological combining. The viewer is aware of a multitude of textures as well as lines, shapes, and certainly colors. The wide range of techniques adds to the chaos of the world Plaza has created and yet somehow combines in an almost harmonious way. These elements work together so that no part of the canvas seems superfluous, but rather integral to the whole.
The nine works displayed in this exhibition show great range and freedom in creativity. Holly Grave’s quaint villages beneath mountainous landscapes show how simplified details can prove extremely effective in creating atmosphere. An analysis of the changing cycles of the moon by Lynn Sung Hae Baik shows an interest in the transcendental. This exhibition is filled with themes and symbols that appeal to an artist’s sensibilities while the diversity of mediums ensures the universality of the show as it appeals to artists from all fields.
photos by Patrick Rowe, 2012
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.