Senior art majors 2014: Transparency and Impressions

The University Art Gallery will close the 2013 – 2014 exhibition season with Senior Art Majors: Transparency and Impressions, on view fromApril 11 through May 10, 2014. Please join us in the University Art Gallery on April 11 at 4:30 for brief introductory remarks and a reception. The artists will give formal talks about their work on April 12 in Convocation Hall, between 1:30 and 4:30. On May 10th, the University Art Gallery will close the season and celebrate the Senior Art Majors with a Baccalaureate reception, from 1 to 3.

Transparency and Impressions explores the quality of transparency, and what it means to make or receive an impression. Many of the senior art majors use transparent materials in their work, like plastic, glass, or light projections. Some depict transparent forms such as ghostly figures, unfurling smoke, or still water. Transparency for these artists also refers to honesty, whether about one’s past experiences, personal meditations, or background. While something transparent might seem easily accessible, lending itself to a quick first impression, sometimes a closer look is necessary, and a second impression vital.

A selection from the exhibitTess Erlenborn’s fairytale-inspired paper installations and drawings of imagined creatures represent the overcoming of personal fears. Courtney Moseley’s photographs, paper collages, and quilted works expose her own vulnerabilities related to home and family. In his drawings and paintings, Curtis Johnson confronts his own identity by dissecting the stereotypes and social issues associated with his racial and cultural heritage. Caleb Schaubroeck uses semi-raw and unfinished materials like wood and electrical wires to evoke origins, guilt, and personal freedom. Cole York’s black and white photography explores relationships between people of different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds, as they move through their first and second impressions of one another. John Adams’ drawings, 3D prints, and animations put color, geometry, and forms of infinitely increasing structural complexityto transcendent effect.

Channing Title-Fiske’s digitally manipulated, abstract photographs of circular forms examine the power of light. Emmy Faison’s paintings, drawings, etchings, and sculptural installations use transparency to explore time, dissolution, and self-preservation. Caroline Minchew’s large-format photographs of lakes and vernal pools convey stillness, peacefulness, and otherness through layering and light. Andrew Lyman, in his oil paintings, repeats the image of an enigmatic, ghostly king in vast atmospheres to evoke the struggle against becoming insignificant in death. Through video and installation, Jesse Bruen explores the ability of film to distort time and motion, and to reveal irrational habits.

Sewanee’s University Art Gallery is located on Georgia Avenue on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The gallery is free, accessible, and open to the public. Hours are 10 – 5 Tuesday through Friday and 12 – 4 on Saturday and Sunday. Please call (931) 598-1223 for more information.