Saturday, December 12, 2015

2015 Combined Student Exhibition Review

Sadly, I am embarrassed to say, this was my first venture to one of these combined student shows. That being said, I was really impressed with this exhibition. A lot of the student artwork that made it into the show was marvelous. There was nice coverage of a number of different mediums as well, this provided a nice variety in the works.

There was a projector that had some video works playing on loop, one of these projects was a recreation of the Martha Rolser's piece "Semiotics in the Kitchen", which the recreation turned out very well. Paintings lined the opposite walls, there was one that stood out among the rest. This painting pulled heavy influence from popart and the comic book style. The subject matter of this painting being three males very close and surrounding one erect penis. The whole exhibition was separated into three rooms, with each room having a theme. This first room involved works that were about the body.

The second room had much more abstract works, another video piece and some more paintings and some sculptures.

Probably one of my favorite pieces out of the exhibition was the only piece in the third room. It was a stegosaurus that was built out of cardboard panels. The paneling had oil company logos spray painted on them, which gave the dino a wonderful aesthetic. The stegosaurus was close to twenty ft long and about ten ft high. I wanted to be a paleontologist when I was little, so seeing something like this in my collage career hit me with some nostalgia.

Overall, the works in the exhibition showed off how talented a lot of the universities students are in a variety of mediums. It was a great experience and allowed me to see some of the creative work our university has to offer.

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