Art & Design Senior Exhibition
The 2015 Art and Design Senior Exhibition runs from April 27th through May 8th.
A reception for the artists is scheduled for Wed, April 29 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.
Art, Art Therapy, Graphic Design and Art Education students present their final portfolios and thesis projects.
Contributing artists include Joseph Chegwidden, Angelica Covino, Travis Decotiis, Kelly Dell'Aera, Shelby Coyle, Michelle Jones, Alexa Nicolosi, Wilfredo Ortiz, Sandra Perez, Mayra Petrovich, Mairead Senk, Catherine Sandkuhl and Elizabeth Harper.
Curated by Matthew Finn and Barbara Yontz
The Storied Stitch
The Storied Stitch runs from March 31 through April 19.
Receptions are scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm and Sunday, April 19 from 2-4. Artist talks will be given both days.
Featuring the work of Megan Canning, Orly Cogan, Michelle Kingdom, Katrina Majkut and Tamar Stone. Curated by Carla Bellisio.
Needlework has a rich history in America. From early native Americans to the first European colonists, needlework has been used both as a record and as a means of communication. Family history and traditions are remembered in needlecraft, embroidered details communicate messages of status, wealth, and beauty.
Modern needlework may utilize the same techniques, but the message has been broadened. The Storied Stitch provides a space for that message. Here we see traditional techniques in uncommon contexts, reminding us of our past while exploring current issues. We also see the stitch pushed beyond the familiar shape, stretching and sketching and living in a new form. What begins as an intimate craft results in work that reveals a narrative both personal and universal.
Yotam Zohar: The Underground Series runs from February 23 through March 22.
A reception for the artist is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. An artist talk will be given at 5:30 that evening.
In The Underground Series, Yotam Zohar explores portraiture through the filter of social isolation. In the tradition of Rembrandt, each painting begins as a two- or three-tone underpainting, gradual layers of translucent color making the surface complex and resonant. Working at the intersection of old and new, Zohar surreptitiously photographs his subjects on the subway with his phone and manipulates the images digitally to create the basis for his canvases. This method retains both the separation of artist and subject and the intimacy of the voyeuristic portrait. Similar in theme to Walker Evans‘ photographs of train passengers from the 1930s, Zohar displays a cross-section of the city, unposed and unnamed.
Speaking of this work, Zohar says, “I am fascinated by the way the stories that are told in a face seem to become amplified and crystallized through painting, “ and invites the viewer to create their own narratives using these characters. Presented without judgement, these portraits live within the tradition of figurative painting while also depicting the shared experience of the urban traveller.
Born in Jerusalem, Zohar moved to the United States to complete a BFA at The Ohio University and an MA at Eastern Illinois University. Currently based in Brooklyn, he has also worked in galleries for a decade and teaches adults to engage actively in the act of seeing by learning to draw and paint.
Sun Young Kang
Sun Young Kang: Books Containing Yeo-Baek runs from January 20 through February 15.
A reception for the artist is scheduled for Wednesday, February 11, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. A gallery talk will be given at 5:30 that evening.
Books Containing Yeo-Baek, the current exhibition of the work of Sun Young Kang, is an exploration of space, light and nothingness. Yeo-Baek, the Korean aesthetic of “emptiness” permeates this collection of sculptural books. Empty space creates a pull between positive and negative which, as the artist suggests,“conceptually stimulates the viewer’s imagination about what is not there and invites them into the artwork.“ Created out of handmade paper, some with characters burned into it, each piece is a layered story. Light and shadow pass through the pages, transforming flat paper into sculpture.
Life and death are clear themes in this work, but so is time. Both abstract in its relation to history, culture and the many generations of artists learning a craft and concretely in the time spent building each object. Most of these books are one of a series, painstakingly formed, bound, scored and printed. Time in creating, time in looking, time in learning, all of these concepts evidenced on the pages presented in this exhibition.
After receiving her BFA in Korean Painting from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea in 2001, Kang moved to the United States to study Book Arts/Printmaking and earned her MFA from the University of the Arts in 2007. She has worked as a book conservation technician for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh from 2007 to 2010 and now is currently working for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. And she is the current artist fellow of the Center for Emerging Visual Arts.