Intermediate Photography 2

Post your comments, reviews and critiques below. As stated in the course syllabus, reviews should be at least one paragraph in length (approx 250 words) and follow the general guidelines presented in course handouts, including: Talking and Writing about Art.

Again, this format is informal and the comments should be brief and concise. This is not a space for lengthy discourse or academic writing. I expect you to write as you would speak in class and elaborate beyond “I like…” or “, (the work) is awesome”. Be descriptive and specific in response to both the formal and conceptual elements of the work(s).

Keith

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22 Responses to Intermediate Photography 2

  1. Dare Wright
    The Lonely Doll

    Dare Wright’s exhibit was awesome. It was held in the Fred Torres gallery in Chelsea and it happened to be my favorite exhibit that I saw that day. Dare Wright is a children’s author/illustrator/photographer and she illustrates her books by creating scenes with the doll and her toys. They are all black and white and it was so fun to try and figure out the narrative each photo was trying to portray. As a child you play with your toys and she did the same thing for her photos. She brought them to life and successfully conveyed emotional scenes with her configuration of the figures/toys. Another reason the show was visually pleasing I think was due to the scale of the photographs. The photos were massive and you were able to get up close and the doll was basically the same size as I was even though I knew she wasn’t because she was also on display. The black and white worked too because it created a nostalgic element that I really enjoyed.

    Stan Douglas
    Disco Angola

    This was my second favorite show in Chelsea that day. He had photos that he took during the disco era in NYC. The photos were also enormous which I loved. I think when the photos are enormous it can’t help but captivate the viewer. He had it so that there was one photo per wall and then when there were a few on the same wall they were so spaced out that they remained their own separate entity. I grew up with disco music in my household and until this day it is one of my favorite genres of music. These photos captured people mid-party and they are all so candid. Candid photos are so fun because it gives you an honest glimpse into the scene without it being staged. This creates an honest representation of what really happened and these people in the photos were decked out in bell bottoms and were partying hard in a giant mansion.

    Gino Rubert
    True Love

    True love was a very unique exhibit. Gino Rubert used photographs and paint to create this crazy bizarre 2D love story. It was the same guy in every mixed media work but the girl wasn’t always the same. They were in the midst of these wild adventures whether it be boating, on a picnic or just embracing each other in doors. The work was also kind of creepy in a way because the scene were somewhat make believe yet the faces were actual photographs of real people. I love it. It was such an awesome idea. Technically I appreciated it because I know how tricky it is to skew photos to make them fit into specific poses or angles to ensure that the pose actually works.

    Ariana Scalfo
    Energize

    I’m so happy that Ariana used the black room to its fullest potential. Her show was so much fun and her work was amazing. She tied in her theme by using lights and music, which stimulated all senses instead of just visual. She took videos and froze certain frames and then painted those individuals in unlikely unnatural positions. The way the figures were suspended definitely left you feeling energized. Along with the feeling of the painting she had dub step dance party which can’t help but leave you feeling energized.

  2. Veronica Diaz says:

    1. Thesis show – David Roberts:
    One of my favorite thesis shows of the semester happened to be the work of a fellow classmate, David Roberts, who will be graduating with his BFA in Illustration … today. All of his work, which is graphic in quality, grew from controversial matter or popular culture of today. His pieces combined realism with traditional art and he made it a point to use a variety of medium for the work displayed. His thesis show included digital paintings, pencil drawings (some enhanced with colored markers), and also incorporated a giant wall of graffiti. Many of his pieces were highly detailed and it was plain to see that simple is not his style. I can appreciate his desire to push as much visual information into one piece as possible, however, and he was also able to balance a hefty amount of detail with his designs so as not to overwhelm the eye of the viewer. I personally loved the variety of styles that he was able to incorporate into the “pop culture” theme of the show because it gave him the opportunity to showcase his varies facets of skill and also to create a variety of work that could connect to a larger audience. I thought this was an intelligent choice on his part, and also was pleased to have so many pieces to look at with different subject matters, styles, and themes that all corresponded to his artist statement. I enjoyed that he created work that would potentially connect with the viewer on a more personal level, although I also feel that some of his pieces were nothing groundbreaking or awe-inspiring, although they nicely demonstrated his specific illustrative style.

    2. Thesis Show – Ariana Scalfo:
    Another thesis show of note was that of Ariana Scalfo, also an illustrator. Her senior thesis was entitled “Energize” and emphasized the in-between physical motions that we generally ignore in daily life. Her thesis showcased six pieces, although I would really only consider five of them as being cohesive works; all were acrylic paintings. They each depicted a singular figure in motion without demonstrating a commonplace pose or easy-to-define movement. For example, I happen to know that one of the figures depicted in her paintings just accomplished some type of acrobatic move (perhaps a flip), but the moment she chose to capture and portray was not the high point at which the viewer could look and immediately say “Oh look, he’s doing a front flip.” Instead she painted the decidedly dynamic moment right before the landing. All of her pieces were highly illustrative, using bold and bright colors, thick brush strokes, and blurred lines. I know this artist can produce realistic work, but she specifically used this painterly and unpredictable style in these paintings, which I enjoyed. One of the paintings was also inspired by a photo that I had taken of myself last semester and I was happy to have her reference something of mine within her thesis show, however the moment portrayed did not work as well as the others, nor was it stylized in the same whimsical and carefree manner. Regardless… I was still flattered :P. I also think it’s important to note that she sort of turned the whole gallery event into a rave party, which had good and bad aspects to it. In a way, the rave lights and live band almost downplayed her work, although she did incorporate black light paint into the pieces. However, having such a spectacle of a show was very smart, because it brought in a lot of people who could then see her artwork. It’s made me realize that balance in key in situations like that. Audience participation is great, and so is the draw of free food, music, and the opportunity to dance, but the “fun times to be had” hopefully shouldn’t overshadow the work or the purpose of being there in the first place.

    3. Philadelphia Photo Party:
    On April 19th, my classmates and I attended a Philadelphia photo party, a new experience for me. It gave us the opportunity to see the work of other art students and photographers who were all about the same age. Some of these students particularly focused on photography, however, and as snobby as this sounds, I felt a little disappointed in much of the work that was presented there that evening. Sure, it made me realize that I could understand what worked and what didn’t, but I was a little upset to find few inspiring student portfolios or enviable artists. Regardless, there were several students who I gravitated towards whose work I really loved. One young lady took photos of children in classic settings, like the park, and oddly photoshopped the children to remove certain body parts which eerily dehumanized them. Her work was professional and quite technically proficient, so I was not distracted by poor editing and instead was struck by the concepts she pushed. I was not able to speak to her personally about her work, but I picked up one of her cards to look further into the subject matter and to see what else she’s done. Another young man took high quality scans of fish in blocks of melting ice, which I thought looked incredible. Just for the visual interest alone, the photos were beautiful and memorable as well as creative. Although I wonder what people thought when they saw him plopping frozen fish onto the school scanner. While at the event, students had made prints of their work, or had their photography available on touchpads or other electronic devices, which was very convenient considering at the time I wasn’t able to make high quality prints. It was also an excellent experience to have other students, from other schools, look at my work and give me feedback. I was also able to speak to professionals in the field which provided mixed results haha, however the experience as a whole was definitely positive and well worth the drive.

    4. Kimmel Center Student Gallery:
    The day after the photo party, I attended the Kimmel Center’s Student art show, where four of my photos were displayed alongside the wonderful work of my classmates in the Comcast Gallery. After the show in Verizon hall, the students who participated as well as some other patrons who attended the orchestral event trickled into the gallery. The setting was attractive and the prospect of free food definitely lured folks in, however I feel that the entire event could have been set up a bit differently in order to better showcase the work. A live band played, but not a single person spoke about the art or the purpose of it being there, nor were any of the artists specifically given any opportunities to talk about their work unless they stood by their pieces and waited for someone to MAYBE ask a question or two about it. I was still very proud to have my work displayed there, but at the same time I feel that all of the pieces could have been displayed more professionally (perhaps hung on the walls and not resting on tables) and that someone would have gotten on a microphone to speak about the event. I like the fact that there were different types of artwork in the gallery, but I think that it would have worked better if it had been more restrictive of the themes that were to be used in the show. Also, I would have liked to have seen the photography work together in one place, and other mediums similarly organized so that not everything was just mixed together. I did enjoy seeing the work of other students from other schools, however, and I benefited from the experience as far as networking is concerned.
    5. Willie Cole – Deep Impressions
    This happened to be the first gallery on display at Rowan this semester and it probably was the most memorable; a big part of that was because I was able to speak personally with the artist (It was wonderful to have Mr. Cole speak to the student body at Rowan and actually scorn us for not jumping at the opportunity to ask as many questions as possible. Ha, that was pretty great.) The gallery itself incorporated two dimensional as well as his three dimensional pieces and encompassed a thirty year span of work. Willie Cole takes objects of everyday life and refurbishes/redefines them in a cultural and spiritual way that is unique to him. He projects intellectual and cultural symbolism with domestic objects. He uses their shapes to create large prints that infuse an entirely different meaning behind the one simple and small design of the stamp on the bottom of an iron, for example. The same ideas behind the stamping, which emitted a powerful Africana spirit, were also the channel in creating his beautiful (almost tongue-in-cheek humorous) sculptures made of shoes and ornate hanging sculptures made with hair dryers. These are just a couple of several of his sculptural works displayed during the exhibition. Willie Cole stated that spirituality can be found in anything, and his work is definitely a reflection of that belief. Hearing his story, his experiences in school and life, all which helped to mold and shape his area of focus in his artwork, not only instilled a deep respect for him, but also for what he has created in his lifetime. It made all the world of difference for me to learn why and how his style came to be and it was an inspiring start to this past semester. I got pictures with him, too, hehe.

  3. smithd16 says:

    #1
    The first piece I wanted to discuss was a portrait of Willie Cole. He had painted patterns on his body with white and black paint. He was also wearing a creative head-dress. The photo consisted of a shot from the front of his body and a shot from the back of his body. The two reversed shots were placed side by side. This piece stood out to me because it felt like Willie Cole was confronting his origins and also the label of being African American. What really stood out was the size of the piece. It was almost life-sized. I think the size works perfectly for a number of reasons. The size is effective because it is one of the biggest images in the entire show. It grabbed me because I got the feeling of being confronted. The image was right in your face and seemed to grab my attention as soon as I walked in. I was forced to continually walk back to that image and take another look at it.

    #2
    The second piece in the Willie Cole exhibit was an image that was framed on the wall. It was a piece of yellow notebook paper that had a school essay written on it. The paper’s heading read like this; “Willie Cole” in the top left, “America” was written in all capital letters across the first few lines, and finally in the top right of the paper there was “April, 2008.” The piece read like a middle school student would have written it, but different problems in America like big business practices, religious beliefs and crime. The students writing was written in black pen. However, then red pen is written over almost the entire essay changing and censoring what the student had written. Then, there is a big “F” circled at the top of the paper, like the teacher failed him and tried to censor what he said because it was true. This piece was very interesting because I think it is relatable. Everyone has experienced that one teacher or authority figure that will try to censor you or change your beliefs. The overall piece and display of this piece was simply. It was just a piece of notebook paper with words written in red and black ink. It was framed with a white background, and even though it is very simple, I think it is very effective.

    #3
    The third piece in the Willie Cole show that I want to discuss was the image of a woman lying in a bed that has burning flames around it. This piece really jumped off the wall and caught my attention because it was done in all red material that looked a thick clothe or velvet. The material was a bright red that was framed with a white background. It looks like Willie Cole took one large sheet of this red fabric and then cut away and outlined this scene of the burning bed and seductive woman in it. It seemed simple, but yet difficult at the same time. The white background fills in wear the fabric was cut away. It fills in the bed sheet and the pillow as well as the flames around the bed. The white background also fills in the woman’s face and hair. The different layers of the white and red fabric on top of each other give the image almost a 3-D effect. It was an interesting subject matter and an excellent piece that grab my attention.

    #4
    The next image I wanted to discuss was in the student gallery show upstairs in Westby that was being finalized during finals week. In fact, if you remember Keith, we briefly talked about the piece when we met in there last week. It was the piece with the playing cards that were scattered all over the room. The piece had all different playing cards hanging from its place on the wall. The image was a female student that seemed to be overflowing with these playing cards. I really liked the idea behind this image. The over flowing cards gave the piece a 3-D quality to it. However, instead of spreading the cards over the entire floor of that large room, I would suggest to the artist to bring all of those cards into a single larger pile of cards on the floor under the image. I would only suggest this because spreading the cards all over the floor in that large room takes away from the effect of the cards. I think if the cards are all in a close proximity to the image it will actually achieve the effect of the overflow better than spreading the cards here and there through out that larger room.

    #5
    The last critique I will do will be of a show at the Wheaton Arts Center in Millville, New Jersey. At the time, the show was titled “Vision: Creative Glass Center Alumni Biennial” in the Gallery of Fine Craft. The show featured a number of artist including Christopher Clark, Will Dexter, Susan Taylor Glasgow and Michael Aschenbrenner, only to a name a few. The show’s purpose was to give an insight into the direction that each artist was going to move in their future work. The subject matter of the show was much unlimited, I guess you could say. There was such a wide range of different pieces that it is almost impossible to say there were any similarities in the show between the artists. Normally, I would expect some aspect of similarity when it comes to the subject matter, but because this show was highlighting the direction of the artist’s future works, everything was different. I really enjoyed the show because of the difference in subject matter. I thought it made for a very unique show. Every piece was something different, which made you think individually about each artist and piece. There was everything from glass salmon fish, to small glass baby heads, to glass organs and then finally life size displays of human body parts. However, there was one section in the show that really caught my attention. It was done by one artist and its subject matter was about 1950s housewives. The pieces were very unique. One piece was a miniature 1950s pin-up girl that was cooking in a 1950s kitchen, but smoking and drinking while she was cooking. It was funny to see these miniature glass displays featuring 1950s pin-up girls that are poking fun at the 1950s housewife stereotypes. Overall, the show was funny and interesting, but still made you think about each piece and artist.

  4. I’m going to be critiquing the High Low Density show. I really enjoyed this show because while it kept a consistent theme of urban/suburban environments there was such a nice variety of mediums used that it made the entire show really interesting.

    The first piece that really stood out to me is called “Abrupt Transitions #3: Detroit ca. 1982” by Blaise Tobia. It’s a beautiful black and white panoramic view of an urban street. The image is very sharp and the contrast is amazing. The thing I like most about the piece is how it has been laid out. It is five large shots that have been placed together but some parts overlap and the edges don’t perfectly align creating an interesting deck of cards type of look. The image itself is also interesting in that the viewer is looking in on a gloomy kind of run down street.

    Next was a series of five oil paintings that were so incredibly realistic and precise that it was hard to look away from them. They’re called “At Home in the Modern World”, “Executive Mansardic”, “Miesian Influence Loop”, “Yokefellow”, and “Bbillboard” by Erin Murray. This series is of different types of buildings from interesting angles. They are painted so real that at first glance I mistook them for photos. The thing I find the most interesting about all of these is the amazing reflections in the windows and the puddles, they’re so perfectly painted. Also the incredibly attention to detail that is in every painting is so precise, from the lines used to create siding, the stones surrounding the lawn, to the blades of grass, it’s all so well done it really makes a difference in the overall feel of the painting.

    The next piece is also a series and it’s of three photographs of the same house but in different phases. It’s called “The Seven Gables Series: Urban Mosh, Commune, Gated Community” by Mark Campbell. The first photograph shows this house that looks somewhat run down and that looks like it’s in the middle of having construction done to it. The second photo shows the same house but it looks very fun and funky. It’s painted pinks and yellows and has designs painted onto the house. The last photograph is the house in a very pristine and well kept condition. In my opinion it’s slightly boring in comparison to the first and second photo. I really like the idea of this series because he was able to take this constant object, the house, and make it look like it’s in completely different worlds in each photograph. He gives the house it’s own unique personality in each shot.

    Another piece I found to be very beautiful was Kim Beck’s “Landscape Futures”. It is a fairly large mixed media piece that uses charcoal and collaged cut paper to depict images of architecture and landscape. The large scale really draws to viewer into look closer at the amazing detail. There is a billboard like structure that has so many small thin lines that create such a beautiful silhouetted pattern. The work is very flat but she creates a nice simple feeling of depth and space by overlapping and have lighter smaller objects in the background.

    The last piece that really stood out to me is called “Mountain Town” by David McQueen. It’s a 3D work that is constructed of bass and balsa wood. It consists of small houses that seem to spiral up the center of a cubic structure. Again the detail and precision he used to create this is just amazing to me. The pieces of wood used to create the structure that seems to suspend the houses are so thin and beautifully delicate looking and the way they’re placed on each other creates an illusionistic effect on the eye. The houses seem to be this almost hive-like mass moving around this fragile structure and it creates a nice sense of movement that makes you want to walk around the entire piece.

  5. Jings says:

    Quick Change

    Quick Change is a dance performance that was in an open room at the Painted Bride in Philadelphia. Quick change is a structured improvisational dance performance done by 3 dancers. This performance heavily relied and included costumes and clothing. What was nice about the performance was that each show was never the same because it was improvised, but it still had structure which is what made in more visually interesting. Also, the performance took place in a big beautiful room. The audience were on the same level as the performers and sat in folding chairs. It was a very personal performance which engaged the audience even further. Also, this gave the performers the opportunity to interact with the audience which also was very entertaining.

  6. Jings says:

    Kimmel Center

    I was able to put some of my works in the gallery at the Kimmel Center. The gallery showcased works of students from different colleges. It was interesting to see what other art students were doing. One of my favorite works was a 3-D form which was pieces of old cell phones put together to make a large fly. It was extremely impressive and a very interesting use of found objects.

  7. Jings says:

    The Stephen Petronio Company

    I went to see The Stephen Petronio Company perform in New York City. It was a collection of different works conceived and choreographed by Stephen Petronio and performed by his company. The show started with Stephen petronio on stage telling a story about a time when he lived in London. He was arrested and went to court for wearing a shirt that promoted homosexuality. Throughout the story he was hooked up to an I.V. drop in his arm. He also danced as he told the story needing a nurse to follow him around with the bag of medicine that was dripping into his arm. It was an experience to say the least. After the opening performance the company came out and danced. While the dancing was amazing, i found the movement to be a little too abstract. There was no concept, reason, or story to grasp onto. I also found that there was too much of a focus on trying to shock and aw the audience. But I don’t want to bash the dancers, because they were AUH-MAZING!!!!!!

  8. Jings says:

    New Festival

    I went to see the New Festival in Philadelphia. Two professors from Rowan University danced/choreographed for this dance showcase. It was an amazing dance show combined with visually stimulating costuming, projections, and dancing. Some dance performances were emotionally heavy including one which recreated a concentration camp through dance. While some dance performances provided a concept or theme others were movement specific, there was no theme, just a focus on the movement.

    Revelations

    This semester I performed in a dance show called, “Revelations.” This show used dance to spark a discussion about violence in schools. Bullying is at an all time high in urban areas. Revelations is a dance show packed with high intensity, movement, and visual imagery. Matheus Fuzia designed the set which was visually stimulating. The paint used on the set came to life with the lighting, which continually altered what you were looking at. This was an amazing dance show which had a deeper meaning.

  9. CBolden says:

    Energize

    This one of the more interesting shows at rowan that i have seen. The way this show was orginized would have you thought that she thought of doing a show from the start.This was one of the more interesting shows to me just purely based on that the way she used glow in the dark paint in her art. ive never thought of using that medium to make artwork, so i felt like it was a breath of fresh air. and that way she used the paint really brought out her work, it wasn’t just a gimmick used in the work but it really highlighted it. and then the show was fun too the way she thought of doing a rave part with strobes and stuff made it even more eventful i really enjoyed it

  10. Liz Stonaker says:

    Willie Cole:
    Willie Cole’s show was probably my favorite installment this semester. His pieces were thematic, but all had a distinct degree of variation. Mr. Cole himself seemed to emit an aura of naturalness and ease which I admired; He really seemed to know what he was doing. What I particularly liked about his work was the appearance of spirituality and its relationship to domestic life. He was able to represent the home as something deep and something he was well connected with. He managed to display the idea of spirituality in the routine of daily life (kind of like how one goes to church every Sunday, but with home routines instead, like making toast). His works were incredibly self-reflective, which was represented by the iron motif. I noticed how often it was repeated, and he clearly had some sort of connection to it. In all, I found his works to be rather relatable. He took something we are all familiar with, and turned it into something beautiful and respectable.

    Twelfth Night
    Now, I know this was not Rowan-based, but if I’m correct you said these didn’t have to be. If that’s the case, I shall carry on. A few months ago, my boyfriend took me to see the Shakespeare play “Twelfth Night” at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. It was a magnificent show. It took place in a small, black-box theater, which made the whole experience very intimate. From the costumes and props, the play appeared to take place in the early 1920’s, which made it seem more lackadaisical which definitely added to the humor. The actors were all full of life and enthusiasm, and delivered their lines quite convincingly. The character of Toby, the comical drunken uncle, was no doubt my favorite. He had all the best lines, and was one of the more animated characters. The cast did a phenomenal job, with virtually no mess-ups or flubs. My regards go out to the actress who portrayed Olivia, for her passionate, heartfelt performance. I cannot wait to revisit the play-house for another show this summer!

    Project Basho:
    This was my second year visiting the Project Basho exhibit. I must say, this time around was much more pleasing than the last. Last year, there was not a lot of variation among the photos. Many of them were documentary-style, and while I’m fond of that style myself, those photos just did not captivate me. Maybe because they all sort of blended together. This year was quite an improvement, however. There was much more variation, not only in the content, but the methods of creation and printing. There was digital, film, some non-silver types, it was all quite interesting. There were many strange images, as I would call them. Images that had “unconventional” subjects, like legs, or that were somewhat disfigured or even a little destroyed. One image that stuck out was that of a man smoking, and it was taken from a slight bird’s eye view. The lighting was amazing, and gave the image a cinematic feel. I liked the venue, I always have. It is nice and compact, making it rather intimate. It’s in a photo-lab, too, right? That’s so appropriate. It’s a little, well-hidden place, and it seems sort of secretive unless you know about it. It’s very mysterious.

    High-Low Density
    The High-Low Density exhibit in the Rowan Gallery was not my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, it was fascinating, but it just didn’t captivate me. The focus appeared to be on urban sprawl, and different artists’ take on it. I think what I liked best were all the different types of media used. They were all rather unconventional. Like the walled off space for the projected image. That was incredibly unique. I respect the artist’s decision to use that. I was also fond of the wooden piece, half of which was dangling from the ceiling. To me, that seemed to represent some sort of repetition, and the spread of urban life from all angles, figuratively and literally. Also, the display against the right wall was interesting. From what I remember, it was a large piece of dark wood, with little houses on it, lined up in strange patterns. The size of that one was intimidating, which I’m sure was the idea. I think the concept of this exhibit was interesting, but urban life (suburban life, rather) is just so uninteresting to me.

    The Shins in Tower Theater
    This is probably the least “classically” artistic event on the list, but I’ll include it anyway. A few days ago, a few friends and I attended a concert for a band called The Shins (they’re crazy good- check them out) in Ubber Darby, Pennsylvania, called The Tower Theater. The theater is a beautiful building, with a very classical feel. We took a set of marble stairs to get to our seats. We were seated in the balcony, which gave us a nice view of the stage, which was stunning. The ceiling in this room was so high, it took my breath away. When the band finally came out, I was not expecting them to sound as good as they did. The performance was unbelievable. The lead singer, James Mercer, provided us with an incredibly passionate performance. That man can sing. The rest of the band never missed one beat, and they sounded phenomenal. The man playing the synthesizer and keyboard let himself play around a bit, and the result was almost otherworldly. Not only was the audio crisp and fine, but the lighting was spot-on. The lights changed with the beats of the song, but they were never too distracting. At times, they back-lit the tapestry hung behind the band to light up the eerie figure drawn on it. At the end of the show, the band headed off stage, but soon were back for more. At first, it was only Mr. Mercer and his guitar. He played a single acoustic song, and it was all very simple, down to the solitary spotlight shining on him as he took stage left. The show ended with the band free-styling under some heavy, fast lighting. It was an appropriate way to show themselves off. All in all, it was a pleasing show, with great sound, and an aesthetic light display.

  11. Tina Nagle says:

    Kimmel Center Show

    On April 20th student work was put on display at the Kimmel Center. First, my classmates and I saw the Philadelphia Orchestra perform Tchaikovsky’s Fourth in Verizon Hall. The layout of this hall made our last row seats seem as though we weren’t that far away. It was actually nice getting to take in the entire space from the highest level. After the show we attended the reception for our artwork. I think the space in which the art was displayed was poorly set up. Since all of the artwork was placed on small easels, it took up a lot of extra space. It also would have helped if there was an overall theme or if perhaps all of the work was restricted to one medium. That would have made the show more cohesive. Overall, it was a fun experience and with a few minor adjustments it would have been perfect.

    Process

    In January, the work from my 3D Design classes projects were on display. The specific assignment featured took three steps to achieve the final piece in a process using two different plaster molds and finally a porcelain slip casting. The show was designed in a way that an example of each step was shown. This was great because it showed people how involved the process was. The final pieces were a mixture of cups and vases. They were all white, which made them look very clean and modern when placed together. Another thing that helped was the fact that they were displayed on wooden work tables. It helped show that sometimes art requires getting your hands dirty.

    Wille Cole – Deep Impressions

    Willie Cole’s Deep Impressions was the most memorable exhibit at Rowan this semester. Prints, drawings and sculptures were featured in this 30-year Cole survey. Having a well known artist come to Rowan and talk with us was very special. I saw one of his pieces at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts recently and remembered back to this exhibit. It was nice hearing his story firsthand and it helped gain a deeper understanding of his work. His prints using irons were my favorite because at first glance, you can’t tell how the shape has been made, you realize after reading the description. This was a very unique idea on his part and it’s safe to say it is doubtful many people before him have done that.

    Trust

    Trust is the name of one of my favorite buildings in Philadelphia. It was constructed in 1902 and began as The Girard Corn Exchange Bank. This venue frequently houses art exhibitions that I always look forward to attending. They feature mostly new, upcoming artists and students, so that is one of my favorite parts. The space is breathtaking. Old elevators and vaults from the buildings past life are visible. The exhibitions are layed out in such a way that all floors of this multi level building are fully utilized. There is a massive chandelier in the center that provides light and can be viewed from anywhere in the space. This space is so great for art to be displayed in because it makes you want to travel around every last inch of the building to see all that you can.

    PAFA and Dr. Barnes

    Since the Barnes Foundation is opening later in May, the Academy of Fine Arts did a celebratory exhibition to welcome the new museum. Many years ago Barnes allowed 75 paintings and sculptures from his collection to be shown at the Academy. This was in 1923. For the new exhibition, paintings were taken out of the archives and displayed along with materials related to the 1923 exhibition that showed the links between PAFA and Barnes. All of the paintings were shown in the way that was unique to him. He never put title cards next to paintings so that knowing the artist would not influence your opinions on the work. I really enjoyed this because it seemed more like you are just supposed to enjoy great art, rather than the museum showing off the impressive pieces they have in their possession.

  12. rbarcelles says:

    Energize

    Ariana’s show is very interesting. Even the name Energize is appealing; she could have just as easily named her show Energy but for some reason that word doesn’t give the show the same affect. I love that everything has so much movement. Her use of expressive lines makes the viewer look all around the compositions. It seems like it took her no time at all to complete these, but then you look up close and see the subtle detail of highlights and shadows. Her rendering with the expressive lines is very successful.

  13. rbarcelles says:

    The Lonely Doll

    As I walk through this exhibit, I am hit with photographs with a doll and teddy bears as the subject. At first glace, it is a bit creepy but as I look more closely they are actually quite comical. The artist is capturing childhood in such a unique way through the eyes of the doll. The toys have feeling and are full of life. The compositions are sweet and playful. The contrast is absolutely amazing. I just love the intense blacks and the bright whites.

  14. CBolden says:

    Project Basho And Crane center

    Project basho had to be one of my favorite trips this yr. the pictures there were a little i feel weird at times. but they were all good and well taken picutres. another thing i lied was all the different printing proccesses they did. my favorite had to be a print on canvas with a little girl. i just loved the way it looked and came out on the canvas, it was something i would want to do. then the crane center was very interesting. they had come different types of process’s in there too. i loved the fiber center part of it though. i thought it was really cool too see alll the thing they did with fiber.

  15. CBolden says:

    BA SHOW

    i found this show really exciting. it was good to see some of the work the BA’s have done. as some one who has been debating wheather or npt to go and the do the BFA of the BA this showed me that their is still the same qulity of work. i saw alot of differnt types of piece. my first favorite waqs the three blind mice as i just had to this project in my GD1 class i know how hard it was and what it took to produce and it to come out the right way. it was a hard piece. and my other favorite piece was the mixed media card piece. i loved how the project went all arounfd the room on the floor.

  16. AndrewDeMartini says:

    Willie Cole Show

    It’s a nice treat to go from a county college, to a university to get a treat like we got this year. Willie Cole’s work ranged from sculptures, to photography, and even with his photography, he still made sure he got he hands dirty in it using mixed media. I really loved the piece with all the hairdryers to make a shape of face. Not too many people can look at a box of old, beat up blow dyers, and see potential art. Also love the way he took old high heels, casted them and filled them with metal is pretty mind-blowing. Painting it the color black was definitely a great choice, because with the glare from the lights from above, it gave it character. It amazes me how someone can make something out of one man’s trash.

    Magic Gardens – South Street, Philadelphia

    Was walking around South Street one Sunday afternoon, and walked passed a place that I would usually walk by any other day. I went in, and thank god I did. Every square inch of this place, was covered in mosaics of glass and ceramics, even the employee bathroom is was covered from ceiling to floor. Isaiah Zagar, the creator of the art, makes sure he throws it all into your eyes with outrageous colors and unique patterns. His work is definitely influenced by his travels, because as you walk through his creations, you get a Caribbean vibe. In a city full of art, this one stacks up as one of the coolest places I have been to.

    Perkins Center

    This was my first time ever going to an art show, and after leaving, I had mixed feelings. Some art just did not belong in there what so ever, but a lot were done with class, talent, and purity. I’m not really into fashion shoots, or portrait photography, but they knocked it out of the park. The one piece that really stood out as odd was the landscape shot with the lake and a random power line going through it. It was not like they were trying to showcase that, but was there because he or she was probably too lazy to walk down the hill and get a clear shot. Also the pictures going up the staircase were an insult to photographers who strive for sharpness in their photos.

    PMA

    I have been to the art museum in the past for other classes, but just up until this year, this was the first time that I actually really wanted to go under my own will (pretty sad it took this long). The amount of art inside those walls is astounding, and I really underestimated it. After learning a lot about art from the Middle Ages to the High Renaissance, it was a game changer when you are actually standing in front of the piece of art it’s self. It really opened my eyes to different compositions and styles in future works that I plan on attempting. Seeing how they used their precise and delicate brush strokes, is a lost art in today’s society.

    High Low Density

    By far the coolest art exhibit I have seen at Rowan. Not too many pieces are able to grab my attention for a long period of time, cause lets face it, my attention span is smaller than an atom. The part where they made a cityscape with the ever so changing lighting moods put my eyes in a trance. To add, the wood structure what seemed to have been made of toothpicks was by far my favorite. It looked like a future-realistic tree house. The map with little houses is a key example of time management. The size alone kept your brain thinking on how much time it must of took him to complete. In all, every work put your eyes into a trance, almost like having a good staring session, but you just wished that no one disturbed it.

    Senior Graphic Arts Show.

    I knew that when I chose Rowan to go to an art school, I chose the right one. Not only is it a stone’s throw away from my house, but the work that the students pump out of Westby is pretty stunning. Always leaving non graphic arts majors scratching their heads wondering “how did they make it look so real?!” One word to describe all the pieces is “time”, and lots of it. It takes me a good 20 minutes just to draw a stick figure on Illustrator, but these students, they have bright futures, besides bright computer screens, ahead of them. Its amazing how far we have come in the world of Art. I always wonder what the great artists in the past would think of the work we produce today. Im sure they would be dumbfounded.

  17. CBolden says:

    Senior Graphic Show

    This show was by all the graduating graphic design majors of rowan. The show was very well crafted and produced. The Students really put their time and effort putting together these pieces.
    As a graphic design major this show really spoke to me because they way they set things up and put together their portfolio as they would be for a job. they way they worked with certain companies and help them recreate themselves. it was very pleasant.

  18. CBolden says:

    Wheaton Arts Center

    This weekend I got to visit the Wheaton Village in Millville. Never having been there or any place like it before, it was deffiently interesting form the moment we walked in. As soon as we walked in it just seemed like one of those old village you see out of a movie. We started off at the glass museum, we took a self-tour, and this was deffiently a very cool museum as you would guess form the tittle that the museum pieces were majority glasswork. In the museum they has the largest glass bottle which I thought was pretty cool, they made it right there in the village. We then went to the gallery, one of the stores, and shopped a little, we got some candy and drinks. We then went to the glass studio to see glassblowing in person and that had to be one of the coolest things ive ever seen. As soon as we walked in was the biggest glass menorah. We then got seated and witnessed one of the artist working on a candy dish the first time he wasn’t keen on his piece so he broke it and started over. There was a lot of spinning involved and reheating to keep the glass moldable. All in all this made me possibly want to take a glassblowing class. It seems like a very fun and creative art form.

  19. rbarcelles says:

    Deep Impressions

    The first image that caught my eye in the Willie Cole exhibit was his Self Portrait from 1977. It is not only an accurate representation of himself but it also shows where he came from and how he lived. This piece is done on a brown paper bag because he had limited resources. He rendered this with pastels and appears only to have used the three primary colors. It is a very simple piece and he has only captured the important details. It is hard to walk through the gallery and not run into one of his many iron impressions. He incorporated the iron into many different mediums. He used colored paint, printmaking, photographs and he even burned the paper with the iron and created a collage. From this exhibit I can see that Willie Cole is a well rounded artist. He created pieces with different mediums and has succeeded in all of them to create interesting compositions. He even has a sculpture in the shape of a dog made out of shoes.

  20. rbarcelles says:

    Perkins Center

    The Perkins Center in Moorestown has a welcoming feel to it. It just looks like an old historic house. Inside the historic build holds and exhibit of local artists. I first went upstairs and in the hallway were some photos that interested me by an artist named Patricia Bender. Her photos show us a different perspective than we would be used to. She has three photos of what appears to be figures walking down the street at first glace. Then upon closer examination, you see that they are the shadows of the figures. Bender has taken these photos from an aerial view and at the end of the day so that the cast shadows are the entire body of the figure. This is a very unusual view to show; not many people see from a high view like this. I then continue downstairs to the one side room. One artist that really stood out to me was Victor Rodriguez. While all of his photos have nice compositions and coloring, I was most attracted to his Girl with Turbin digital print. I loved the contrast of the woman’s skin against the black background. As I moved into the other side room, I found the photo I enjoyed most of all. This photo by Catherine Kirkpatrick was named Berueuse. This photo has the feelings of worn and decrepit. It is a photo taken of a room that appears to have been abandoned for years; the walls are cracked and there are dirty, torn sheets hanging. What is most curious is almost in the center of the photo is a crib. Even more curious the name of the piece means a lullaby obviously referencing the crib. After further research, I found that she had gone to abandoned houses and photographed what people left behind.

  21. rbarcelles says:

    Color Feel

    This show by Valerie Pantalone is filled with splashes of color on canvas. All of the compositions have similar movement which keeps your eye moving around the space. In certain ones you can even make out some shapes although it’s mostly just lines. She uses clashing colors which from the name of her show defiantly causes some feelings towards the pieces. If you look up close you can see the texture of the paint and she uses hints of metallic paint in her work. I think her work in this show defiantly brings up some intense feelings. You can’t look at her work and not feel something.

  22. rbarcelles says:

    Color Feel

    This show by Valerie Pantalone is filled with splashes of color on canvas. All of the compositions have similar movement which keeps your eye moving around the space. In certain ones you can even make out some shapes although it’s mostly just lines. She uses clashing colors which from the name of her show defiantly causes some feelings towards the pieces. If you look up close you can see the texture of the paint and she uses hints of metallic paint in her work. I think her work in this show defiantly brings up some intense feelings. You can’t look at her work and not feel something.

    Perkins Center

    The Perkins Center in Moorestown has a welcoming feel to it. It just looks like an old historic house. Inside the historic build holds and exhibit of local artists. I first went upstairs and in the hallway were some photos that interested me by an artist named Patricia Bender. Her photos show us a different perspective than we would be used to. She has three photos of what appears to be figures walking down the street at first glace. Then upon closer examination, you see that they are the shadows of the figures. Bender has taken these photos from an aerial view and at the end of the day so that the cast shadows are the entire body of the figure. This is a very unusual view to show; not many people see from a high view like this. I then continue downstairs to the one side room. One artist that really stood out to me was Victor Rodriguez. While all of his photos have nice compositions and coloring, I was most attracted to his Girl with Turbin digital print. I loved the contrast of the woman’s skin against the black background. As I moved into the other side room, I found the photo I enjoyed most of all. This photo by Catherine Kirkpatrick was named Berueuse. This photo has the feelings of worn and decrepit. It is a photo taken of a room that appears to have been abandoned for years; the walls are cracked and there are dirty, torn sheets hanging. What is most curious is almost in the center of the photo is a crib. Even more curious the name of the piece means a lullaby obviously referencing the crib. After further research, I found that she had gone to abandoned houses and photographed what people left behind.

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