Sunday, September 15, 2019

Studio Arts Annual exhibit on display at Austin Arts Center

Georgina Thermos ’14
Staff Writer

The Studio Arts Annual exhibit began Thursday, April 4th in the Widener Gallery and will be open until April 28.  The exhibit highlights a selection of work by Trinity students. The artwork ranges in medium and style but the exhibit features engaging artwork worthy to be placed on display.

The exhibition showcases a variety of work from the studio art courses: drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and design.  The gallery is presented beautifully, grouping certain works together based on color and medium.  The first section is devoted to paintings. Some are completely abstract while others are based on a specific painting style. The juxtaposition of different colors offers a pleasant twist. The abstract paintings are energetic and loud, focusing on geometric shapes.  The other set of paintings are relaxing and more meditative.  The colors are ocean blues and earthy shades of red. 

The series of four paintings in the center of the exhibit show an array of shell still lives.  Their definition in volume and light and shadow are critical. The display of sculptures begins in the forefront of the gallery.  The six models are placed sporadically, offering a continuous movement within the room.  The sculptures differ in material, one being made out of wire and another out of wood.  They are all from different artists; however, they follow a similar abstract style.  In the center of the gallery are a group of self-portraits from the drawing courses.  The students worked from their reflection in a mirror as opposed to working from a photograph.  The resemblances in the drawings are very impressive.   They each emphasize the value of light and shadow.

The portraits vary in color, size and the direction of posture, which makes for a great overall composition in this exhibit.  The drawings share a wall with a variety of prints. Black and white returns with this group of prints and charcoal drawings. These works explore different shades of grey and the drawing of line. One print is composed of four sheets of Lenox paper.  It shows different sea animals, gliding into the next attached sheet of paper.  It conveys the floor of the ocean, highlighting positive and negative space. 

Opposite these works are digital and film photograph prints.  The series of three film prints focus on light and shadow and geometric shapes.  The print itself is very appealing, offering a range of darks and lights.  The next three black and white photographs are winter landscapes.  They are highly structured and dramatic. Similarly, the “door” series underneath it contains a deep mood and is more metaphorical in meaning.  Further down on the wall are black and white graphic art series. They range in design and pattern, showing the progression of the series. 

Jumping right back into color is a display of a few paintings and three-dimensional figures. All are compacted with vibrant colors and a sense of texture. 

Last, but not least, on the back wall hang 70 photographs that as a whole manifest into a masterpiece of its own.  The photographs vary in subject and in color.  Viewing it from left to right, the colors shift from green to blue to purple to red to orange to yellow.  The photographs are highly saturated close-up shots.  They convey texture and evoke a sense of memory and emotion. 

The exhibition honors many students and their work.  It is an inspiring show that expresses the hard work and creativity of our friends and classmates.  All are encouraged and welcome to enjoy this great exhibit.  The Widener Gallery is open from 1- 6 p.m. and is closed on Saturdays.  






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