Week 15– Artist Interview: Troy Rounseville

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Artist Troy Rounseville’s BFA Sculpture Exhibition was displayed this week in the Marilyn Werby 20141204_111201Gallery. The noise rather than the aesthetic nature of the piece caught my 20141204_111312attention, as the first thing I heard when walking inside was the pounding of the drum. The next interesting portion were the countless wires all around the different instruments.

The piano, the drum, and the record were all playing due to the use of technology. No hand was placing the needle on the record, pressing the keys, or strumming the guitar; the piece is titled “Body” and ironically no sense of human contact was present, and that all on its own was very impactful. Rounseville, through the many tangled extensions and cords managed to analyze the relationship between emotions and technological improvement, causing the viewers to question whether the presence of technology instead of a human body changed how the sounds and feelings were perceived.

The pieces were not only creative art expressions with curious appearances, but also pieces that managed to tap into the concepts of human communication and dependency.

Week 13– Artist Interview: Jeff Dulla

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This week in the Gatov Galleries, there were pieces of a BFA Drawing and Painting Show on exhibition called Post Synthesis. From the beginning it was quite clear that though the pieces were very different and unique as they were made by different artists, they had all, in a way, experimented with the various mediums and colors to achieve such creativeness and it is why 20141120_105716they formed the collection.

Every piece, whether it depicted a person, a landscape, or a story, was very vivid and colorful, playing with both the ideas of abstraction and fine details. One of the pieces that I really enjoyed studying was Jeff Dulla’s “Cyclical Nature” or #2 in the collection of artwork. His piece emphasized the idea of cycles and patterns through the different spirals with blended colors relating back to his very fitting title. The landscape art seemed almost like an abstract fantasy setting, yet on deeper inspection the many strokes and details became visible and the effort immediately apparent. In fact, one of my friends that I was walking around the galleries with claimed that it almost embodied a Tim Burton sort of feeling to it; the style and shades gave it a slightly dark whimsical, edgy look and it made it even more fascinating. Although other pieces were also quite captivating, “Cyclical Nature” was one of the pieces that I revisited and admired the most from this week.

Week 12–Artist Interview: Angie Samblotte & Lacy McCune

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Artists Angie Samblotte’s and Lacy McCune’s artwork titled Taking my Time in the Paradigm was displayed in the Dutzi Gallery this week. Their work was supposed to pay a tribute to the 20141113_112116five senses everyone uses to take in certain objects and environments; the word paradigm is defined as being an example serving as a model or a framework, and though I’m not sure if it is exactly what they meant, I thought it meant taking the time to slow down within the framework of society where everyone is rushing about.

Though the collection of works were supposed to be joined by the same theme, each piece had a different style and feeling to it. 20141113_111905Some were mainly created through graphite while others had a bit color scattered throughout. The materials and subject matters used were not exactly extravagant as they were trying to show the audience how to find the creative and beautiful quirks in common and mundane objects and scenarios. The majority of the pieces were formed through intricate designs which in turn allowed the artists’ message to cut across as the viewers slowed down to actually take in every portion of the work.

The first piece I was able to see was “Awkward Hug” or #11 which was composed of graphite on paper. Though it looks great from far away, the details and skill are better seen up close. The piece, with its elaborate outline and tricky shading seems to overall capture the idea of taking the time to truly study and analyze seemingly common things and find a new perspective which allows us to enjoy or at the very least appreciate everything around us.

Week 11– Artist Interview: Romina Del Castillo

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Artist Romina Del Castillo’s work titled “Shifting Focus” was displayed this week in the art galleries. Each piece depicted a different environment with a different person in each one, and 20141106_110334had its own mood and tone, though they all seemed to be done with the same mediums; I automatically enjoyed the pieces because though, they had snippets of color, they were mostly black and white and it highlighted the many intricate details in the work while resembling sketches in a sketchbook.20141106_110136

Castillo’s work is a series of portraits created with live models, and, though they illustrate the varying models in different settings, she manages to further develop her own pieces by projecting personal experiences, interests, and emotions into them as she draws. The techniques and process overall emphasize the idea of “focusing” as it allows the reader to take the time to observe what the artist saw as well, to appreciate the details and really slow down enough to fully study the pieces.

Furthermore, the artwork was created with a limited set of tools such as charcoal, chalk, and pastel. She chose the limited amount of mediums or tools in order to create a sort of challenge; her chosen tools would allow her to focus on the small details and intricacy of the people she was observing whether it be through shading or the occasional splash of color on the pieces to further emphasize the concept of concentration or fixation. Each piece was very unique and the combination and alternation of the charcoal with the colored pastels created a seemingly perfect harmony really capturing the beauty and essence of her live models.

Week 10– Artist Interview: Dana Fleming

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Artist Dana Fleming’s work titled “Snap Crackle Pop,” was displayed this week in one of the art galleries. The main forms of influence or inspiration for her pieces were actually the seemingly 20141030_112230ordinary inanimate objects around her. At first, the thing that caught my attention were the varying colors utilized and the interesting positions of the objects within her piece; they were not used in a typical and usual 20141030_112220manner.

As she was experimenting and displaying the notion that objects have various uses and can be used beyond their common role, every object within her piece was acquired from a thrift store. The objects on top, or placed the highest, were actually not chosen by her but by the thrift store employees so her idea could be tested; if she had been the one to pick out all the objects there would’ve been a possibility that the uses could be subconsciously planned, but instead she added the element of randomness to her pieces as well.

Through her artwork she allows not only herself, but also the viewers to observe and study the different elements of the mundane objects such as the size, the texture, and the color. Her pieces delve into deeper questions and thoughts of value and appearance, while simultaneously encouraging everyone to see ordinary things in an entirely new perspective.

Week 9– Artist Interview: Kingdom at Hand

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This week in the art galleries the pieces that caught my attention were part of a collection or group show that responded to each member’s experience with God and was titled Kingdom at Hand. Each piece was very different; the pieces differed in the way they were created, with IMG_20141023_192015alternating mediums, and each held a different part of the same overall message.

One of the pieces that first caught my attention was one called Heart of God by Matthew Hayashida. The piece had many intricate details and touches while maintaining the aura of simplicity. It very cleverly and uniquely symbolized the idea of a heart becoming full and whole. The piece overall was meant to illustrate the participant’s realization about how much God truly cares about notions such as justice, immigrants, the poor, the homeless, and the city. Through the non-profit work, a personal discovery of God’s IMG_20141023_192349heart and His ability to make others care just as much was reached and portrayed very well.

Another piece I was drawn to was “Death to Life” by Elaine Woo. Like other works such as “The Love Affair of Life and Death,” the piece represented the harmony between the ideas of life and death, and illustrated how one cannot really exist without the other. Death can be seen as a release of thoughts or tendencies and an opportunity to heal and reform while life is the creation of something new and beautiful. The piece(s) managed to capture the interesting relationship between life and death while displaying that both must be understood and, in a way, appreciated.

Each piece had its own unique style but overall they came together to express values such as love, joy, and creativity. The mediums and colors used were very compelling and enticing and they were all very beautiful in their own way, expressing different sides of realizations, life and death.

Week 8– Artist Interview: Helen Werner Cox

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Artist Helen Werner Cox’s work, titled “Connections” was displayed in the art galleries this week. Her work focuses on the concept that art allows people to express feelings and somehow form a connection within their lives. Her work has two branches, portraiture and figure/environment Shell-Beach-Revisedrespectively, and she incorporates each one in the pieces displayed.

The first thing about her work that caught my attention was the attention to detail which resulted in impressive shading and texture, and a certain sense of realism. Some pieces exhibited shading through different colors while others Comp-2-Naomimaintained the same style but simply in black and white, and I became curious as to how the artist chose which medium to use for each piece. Cox has actually stated that that decision is achieved based on the relationship, or connection, between the artist and the subject, or, in the case of a figure/environment drawing, between the figure and the environment.

The relationship between the figure and the artist determines how the figure is viewed or helps the artist figure out what parts of the figure to highlight and express the most. In turn, those things lead to the choice of colors, light conditions, and medium of the drawing or painting.

Though the full story behind each of the pieces is still not fully expressed, I did appreciate the technique and enjoyed Helen Cox’s concept of connection and expression that art sometimes occur spontaneously despite careful planning.