Senior Art students exhibit work

April 21, 2009

McDaniel College Department of Art and Art History presents one of two Senior Capstone Exhibitions, “10 Tickets to the Gun Show,” April 21-May 1 in the Esther Prangley Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. An opening reception will be held 7-9 p.m April 21. For gallery hours, call 410-857-2595.

A second exhibit, “Act Normal, and That's Crazy Enough,” is planned for May 5-May 15, also in the Esther Prangley Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall, with an opening reception 7-9 p.m May 5.

10 Tickets to the Gun Show” features work created by students Emily Biondo, Amanda Beck, Alicia Ciatto, Bobby Coleman, Laura Cox, Danielle Gagliardi, Amber Maurer, Tara Russell, Chase Wolf and Adam Shaw.

In their own words, the students describe what inspires their work:

Emily Biondo

“It is my belief that words are texture within our thoughts – they shape the human conceptualization of the world, and are gathered and sewn on top of one another in a canvas of its own right. These textures make up belief systems, and these belief systems shape who and what each person – each society – portrays. With this in mind, I emphasize textures and the use of overlap in my work. I want to relate the words I value to how they connect with each viewer.”

Alicia Ciatto

“I create abstract compositions using mixed media and found objects. My work is inspired by relationships with different people in my life.”

William Coleman

“Every work that I create has a deeper meaning relating to real-life issues and emotions that every person faces. I began by creating images of strange creatures that sprang from my imagination, and these often-unsettling images now, with the mastery of the tools of the artist more firmly at my command, could be used towards creative and expressive ends.  What were once private images were now transformed into images that spoke, in an expressive way, to a wider and more public audience. I attempt to make my private world accessible by not only imbuing these creatures and monsters with real human and universal emotions, but by placing them within a storytelling narrative context as well.”

Laura Cox

“Color is the main element of my work.  It is the operative aspect of my work.  With color I am able to not only bind shapes together in a composition and manipulate surface and depth, but I can also explore how colors interact, both with the viewer and with each other. Utilizing contrast and harmonies, I am able to control the movement of the viewer’s eye through the composition, guiding them from point to point within each work.”

Danielle Gagliardi

“My artwork is a visual representation of the constant evolution my world is subjected to. Each painting is about the exchange of raw energy and emotion. The larger paintings are visual representations of my relationships. The smaller daily paintings are about my personal energy. The layers and colors relate to the complexity of human emotion and interaction. I see emotion as color and ideas as shapes. I allow words to remain intact, but they are fragmented and blurred into the background. My paintings explore emotional history as an impetus for change. Everyday, every moment, a new layer is added to a relationship, to friends, to myself.  If you look closely, each painting has a flow. You can follow the conversation, relationship, or moment. The layers are transparent in some places, shapes overlap, small details are looked over. These connections parallel how I interact with the people around me. I am complex in my connections with others, and so are my paintings.”

Amanda Beck Mauck

“We live in an age of sex, violence and cynicism that invade our lives every day. We all, at some time or another, feel the need to escape from our own chaos so that we can sink into the oblivion of fantasy for a reprieve. ‘Through the Looking Glass’ was the second installment to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I feel that is a perfect metaphor to my own world of whimsical creatures and strangle lands. My work contains images that may exist in our reality; creatures that talk and walk and share some similarities with us, and some that do not. I am inspired by my dreams, nightmares, and by reality. I look for whimsy and curiosity in nature and the unexplainable. I love sneaking away to a mysterious place where things are unexpected and strange. The strange can be incredibly beautiful. Not knowing what is coming next and the anticipation of what lies just beyond your clear line of sight is thrilling. There is a quiet narrative that plays along with each piece. And every one appearing in my scenes has a name, a story. They all have something they want to say, you just have to listen.”

Amber Maurer

“Minimalist paintings of choice cuts of meat, expertly and artistically sliced, drawings of similar subjects and farm animals rendered on common butcher paper, carefully cut videos depicting the final skillful wrapping and packaging of actual pieces of meat, and idyllic open landscape paintings populated with cows form the core of my work. When these images are juxtaposed with the photographs of newly built homes in subdivisions, my art draws attention to the antithesis that exists between the humble private butcher/farmer and the impersonal profit-driven corporate agriculturalists and big business land developers.”

Tara Russell

“In my art I try to experiment with both abstracted form and color interactions. Through these visual studies I create exploratory environments that draws in the viewer and invites them to investigate further. I find that placing several layers on top of one another enhances both the depth and complexity of each composition, which can be a metaphor for memory, with some forms and shapes in sharp focus while others remain murky and on the edge of perception. While some layers are often opaque and mimic accessible memory, the focus of my work is more concerned with transparent layers, which serve as a portal to the initial layers.”

Adam Lee Shaw

“My current work is technically defined by its relationship to and incorporation of digital media, software, and tools, along with the introduction of graphic and web design into my creative skill set. This is an amalgam that has come to pass only recently for me – my background up to that point had been in the disciplines of traditional printmaking, drawing, and painting. In consideration of subject matter, my work concerns a general theme of spiritual and pseudo-religious vignettes through the use of symbols and contexts both allegorical and literal. I’d like to believe that my work speaks to the struggle associated with the human condition – a spiritual, emotional, yet tactile struggle. This is clearly not a new consideration in the history of art, but one that is still and always will be pertinent.”

Chase Wolf

“As a continually developing designer, I strive to approach communication problems with simple, yet stimulating visual solutions. A straightforward approach with bold accents is a technique I use throughout my graphic designs. Bold san serif fonts are what I rely on to produce a strong direction. Linear designs anchored by strong alignments help simplify my various stationary pieces. I frequently use red and orange accents to highlight a piece’s focal point. From a powerful deep red to an intense orange logo, these warm colors bring the focus of the piece to the viewer’s attention. I have always felt that a good idea or design needs room to breathe which is why I allow plenty of “white space” to avoid density. To me graphic design is all about conveying a message as clear and concisely as possible.”