The pieces on display have been selected by two jurors from the professional art world, Libby Black and Chris Finley, who are both artists and instructors at the California College of Arts. The exhibition features approximately thirty-five art pieces in a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, drawing and mixed media.
Contributors could only submit two pieces representing their body of work.
"I wanted to pick two that were really strong and that could stand on their own," remarks artist Craig Peterson. "Most of the time, only one piece is going to be chosen." Peterson's submission, Subconscious (at right), composed of a panel etching with resin, now hangs near the front of the Juried Exhibition.
Subconscious depicts an unmoving man floating on his back in dark water, inches below the surface. "Everything's so chaotic, we're moving so fast, we think so fast and have to react to things so fast, this moment is," according to Peterson, "very Zen."
The subject is floating, his face angled away from the audience. " I always do it so you don't know who the figure is, it could be anyone," says Peterson. The piece's smooth resin surface works as a mirror, inviting viewers to "put themselves inside the piece."
People "are drawn to [Subconscious], because it's shiny, it's pretty, but it's a dark subject," Peterson explains. It is the viewer who is left to interpret whether the depicted "floater" is going for a night swim, or even still living.
Walking through the rest of the gallery, painters, photographers, and sculptures capture aspects of life, from David Rodriguez's c-print, Like Your Father's Father and So on and So Forth, to Crystal Hudson's etching, Boundaries (at right). These pieces seem to capture humans in transition -- depicting a car passing through a desert and empty sheets.
Kim Power's sculpture, Tiffany depicts a gigantic wedding ring, and similar stages in life, just as Morgan Thomas' graphite drawings in Worn capture childhood nostalgia.
"Now I'm starting to see how the pieces interact off one another. It's very stylized in its own way, he makes it his own," Peterson remarked of fellow art student Butler's work.
While some of the pieces in the exhibition may stand out more on a second glance, the exhibition is certainly worth visiting."
We have a really strong program here," Peterson remarks. "Its nice to be able to walk around and see all these other artists. Even if their work doesn't relate to you at all, it could be a color, it could evoke a feeling, it could be the way something is stylized."
Part of the exhibition process includes the students' interaction between jurors Black and Finley, who have viewed the works on display and will talk to the student artists about their careers, and ideas about art.
The 2011 Juried Student Art Exhibition is on display in the University Art Gallery until Sunday, April 24. The Gallery is open Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m-4 p.m., and weekends from noon-4 p.m. The Gallery is closed on Mondays and holidays. Admission is free.
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Photos above, from top to bottom, depict: Get it How You Live by Ryan Butler; Subconscious by Craig Peterson; Like Your Father's Father and So On and So Forth by David Rodriguez; Boundaries by Crystal Hudson; Tiffany by Kim Powers; and Worn by Morgan Thomas.
-- Written by Katherine Bolce, NewsCenter student contributor