“A Baker’s Dozen” The Department of Visual Arts and New Media’s Spring Senior Show opens Tuesday, April 19 at the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at the State University of New York in Fredonia.
The exhibition runs through May 10 and includes artworks by 13 graduates: Hunter Bardin (film and video art), Mary Colligan (graphic design), Olivia Dursi (graphic design), Katy Fermin (photography), Angeline Ginsberg (ceramics), Matthew Henze (film and video art), Shannon Lynch (drawing and painting), Sean Marchant (graphic design), Owen McGuire (photography), Francesca Olivo (ceramics), Sadie Peers (animation and illustration), Jessie Stahlman (graphic design) and Wilson Thorpe (graphic design).
A reception is scheduled for Friday, April 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
The visual style of Hunter Bardin’s short film “phantasmagoria” resembles that of paper puppetry and phantasmagorical theater where terrifying creatures were projected large on the stage behind the actors. With this film, Bardin explores how fear can manifest itself in a person’s mind and how bad thoughts creep up on us the more we think about the future.
Mary Colligan addresses the issue of wheelchair accessibility in her restaurant branding campaign “Common Grounds Cafe.” She writes, “There have been many times in my life where I have been dragged up a flight of stairs in my wheelchair just to get into a restaurant. The walk-in entrances to some restaurants are at the rear, which not only makes me feel like a second-class citizen, it’s cumbersome to navigate the crowded space to get to the front.”
Olivia Dursi’s poster series tells the story of a fictional town, Pompay, NY, which after a failed music festival fell victim to a catastrophe that caused its military base to collapse, leaving no survivors. The story is inspired by her hometown of Rome, NY.
In her photographic series “Doll face,” Katy Fermin addresses negative body image, which is a serious issue affecting women’s self-esteem. In the 15 photos, Barbie undergoes monthly plastic surgery.
With cross-species ceramic animal sculptures, Angeline Ginsberg represents a mother’s instinct to care for a baby, even if it isn’t her own. Ginsberg writes, “The baby animals lie peacefully, knowing their mother is on high alert, listening and ready to protect them at all costs. Although the animals are raised by a different species, much like humans, baby animals understand who their mother is through factors such as touch and smell and trust her to protect and nourish them.”
In his interactive video installation entitled “Production,” Matthew Henze enables gallery visitors to clean up the environment. The projected video is a forest strewn with garbage. As viewers begin to toss more of the installation’s trash into a recycling bin, the video of trash in the forest is gradually replaced with a clean, thriving forest.
Shannon Lynch’s series of paintings “Influence” comprises nine diptychs about people’s journeys in life. She focuses on her inspirations and how they have evolved and shaped her life from childhood to the present day.
Sean Marchant summarizes his research on the Fredonia Department of Visual Arts and New Media in his original publication “TYPO Magazine.” He writes, “I want people to share their experiences with VANM so we can grow as a department. I want students and faculty to feel like this is a home and not just a place to work. This is one of the longest running projects I’ve had the privilege of working on. I hope this will be more than a single issue magazine.”
Through photographic long exposures and large format prints, Owen McGuire documents the natural occurrence of nocturnal phenomena such as lightning, cloud cover, snow, rain, phases of the moon and shooting stars.
Francesca Olivo explores how people connect to each other and to nature with her handmade coffee table and ceramic tea set. She writes, “Our connections to other people are vital. We are also naturally connected to the earth. Flowers help us feel connected to our world. We cut them out of the ground and bring them indoors to temporarily bask in their beauty.”
“Walter and Willow”, A children’s book written and illustrated by Sadie Peers contains a story about the bond between a grandfather and granddaughter. The story deals with the importance of family, community and small “golden” moments.
Use of “Princess of Coins” and “Queen of Swords” Cards Jessie Stahlman examines the visual language of tarot cards and their identity and iconography as a deck. Paper posters and hats represent the two personalities.
Wilson Thorpe’s installation “TO DECEIVE” is a textile waste management business. Posters advertise the store and brochures outline this important issue. A shelf of patched (recycled) clothing demonstrates the solution. The average American throws away about 82 pounds of clothing each year, and the world generates over 100 million tons of clothing waste each year.
“A Baker’s Dozen” is supported by the Department of Visual Arts and New Media, the Cathy and Jesse Marion Endowment Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation, and the Friends of Rockefeller Arts Center.
The opening hours of the gallery are: Tuesday to Thursday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. The gallery is located on the main level of the Rockefeller Arts Center.
For more information or a group tour of the exhibition, please contact Gallery Director Barbara Racker at 716-673-4897 or firstname.lastname@example.org.