The University Art Gallery and The Department of Art and Art History of the University of the South announces an exhibition and presentations by the graduating class of 2014 Sewanee art majors. Please join us for the opening reception of the exhibition on Friday, April 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the University Art Gallery as well as the artists' talks on Saturday, April 12, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Convocation Hall. The University Art Gallery is located at 68 Georgia Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37375. Hours: 10-5 Tuesday-Friday, 12-4 Saturday and Sunday.
Transparency and Impressions
This year’s senior art exhibition entitled Transparency and Impressions explores the multiple implications of transparency and what it means to make a second impression. Many of the artists literally use transparent materials such plastic, glass, or light projections or depict transparent forms such as a ghostly king, unfurling smoke, or still water. Transparency also refers to the state of being honest about one’s past experiences. Most of the collections represented in this exhibition explore the artists’ personal backgrounds or interior meditations. However, there is a certain tension between transparency and second impressions. While something that is transparent is typically immediately obvious or easily accessible, sometimes it is necessary to take a closer look, freed from preconceived notions. The artists’ own second impressions have developed from building stronger interpersonal relationships as a class and from allowing their individual works to be in dialogue with one another.
The works presented in this exhibition investigate both personal and metaphorical connections to transparency. Individual experience and memory are observed through dissecting one’s identity, past, and environment. Tess Erlenborn’s fairytale-inspired paper installations and drawings of imagined creatures represent overcoming personal fears. Similarly, Courtney Moseley’s photographs, paper collages, and quilted works expose her own vulnerabilities related to the home and family environment. In his drawings and paintings, Curtis Johnson confronts his own identity through dissecting the stereotypes and social issues of his racial and cultural heritage. Caleb Schaubroeck uses semi-raw and unfinished materials like wood and electrical wires to emphasize the importance of origins, guilt, personal freedom, and sculpture as an interactive medium. Cole York’s black and white photography explores relationships between people of different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds and how people are able to move beyond their first impressions.
John Adams transcends what is obvious or accessible through his drawings, 3D prints, and animations which study color, geometry and forms of infinitely increasing structural complexity. Channing Title-Fiske’s digitally manipulated, abstract photographs of circles examine the power of light and human’s intrinsic relationship to it. Emmy Faison’spaintings, drawings, etchings, and sculptural installations use transparency literally to explore time, dissolution, and self-preservation. Caroline Minchew revisits lakes and vernal pools, attempting convey their stillness, peacefulness and otherness through perceived layering and light in her large-format photographs. In his oil paintings, Andrew Lyman repeats the image of an an enigmatic, ghostly King in vast, ethereal atmospheres which communicate the struggle against becoming insignificant in death. Jesse Bruen uses video and installation to explore the ability of film to distort time and motion, to reveal irrational habits, and to convey the distinct perspective of a young man.
Please join us for a series of events celebrating the exhibition. Transparency and Impressions will open at 4:30 p.m. April 11 in the University Art Gallery with brief introductory remarks and a reception. The artists will formally present their work in a series of talks from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in Convocation Hall. A Baccalaureate Reception in the University Art Gallery on Saturday, May 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. will close the show, and the University Art Gallery’s 2013-2014 exhibition season.
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.