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RIT Fine Art Studio Celebration 2014

RIT Fine Art Studio Celebration 2014

Join the RIT Fine Arts Studio program in viewing student work from all levels: freshmen through graduate. Explore the studios, meet the artists, and discover new artwork! My studio will be open; please stop by and say hello!

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Open to the public Thursday May 8, 2014 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM.

Rochester Institute of Technology
1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623
Building 7
Booth A590 & Gannett A172 (In the basement! Head down the stairs and follow the signs)

New bird oil paintings! 6" x 6" on panel with gold leaf.

New bird oil paintings! 6″ x 6″ on panel with gold leaf. Three parrots and a bluejay.

Finally posting some new bird paintings! Parrots have been popular lately. They’re incredibly fun to paint with their bright feathers and intelligent expressions.

Of this bunch, the orange parrot is a commission, the upper right green parrot is my half of an art trade, and the bluejay is headed to an exhibit of small works (more on that soon!)

The lower left parrot is still available! This piece is titled “Green Parrot Beauty Shot” and is currently for sale in RIT’s Shop One² for $65.

Bird oil paintings. Parrots and a bluejay.

Me and my flock!

The goldfinch peeking out on the right is shown in progress, and was also made for an art trade. I’ll post some of the great art trades I’ve received soon! I’m lucky to be friends with so many talented artists.

My senior exhibition is quickly approaching and I’m working on finishing the pieces that will be included. These are exciting, if stressful, times!

Small panel paintings, works in progress for the senior show.

Small panel paintings for the senior show. There will be around fifteen panels total.

Our exhibition is titled e•gress: Exit the Basement, to symbolize the ten fine art undergraduate seniors graduating from RIT (and our studio basements!) and moving on to new challenges. The show runs from April 9, 2014 – April 19, 2014 with an opening reception on April 12 from 6-9 pm. It is held at RIT’s Gallery r at 100 College Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607. Check out our event page here!

Student artists include: Melissa Huang, Laura Lee Jones, Hannah Kallberg, Stacy Nicole Lamphron, Ashley Ludwig, Marisa Nowodworski, Pamela S. O’Connor, Chiyo Sato, Amber Tracy, and Ashley Watson

I’ll post more images as I have them as well as photos of the installation and opening. Also, keep an eye out for an upcoming post on art museums as gendered spaces!

Just thought that I would share this photo with everyone! It’s from the Kearse award ceremony which highlights one paper from each section of RIT’s college of liberal arts. I was really excited to have my paper on Harriet Hosmer and Hiram Powers win the Akyuz-Ozmen Award for excellence in feminist scholarship! I’m especially thankful to my amazing professor Dr. Tina Lent (who taught the Women/Gender/Art class and submitted my paper), who has opened so many doors for me and encouraged my and my peers’ growth as feminists and activists.

Here we all are, awkwardly posing with the COLA dean. I'm the underdressed one in the red shirt, I came directly from another class and had no time to change! (I'd also like to point out the prep/hipster hybrid from my dorm fourth from the right wearing the tux and the black frame glasses. This brave soldier is paving the way to a preppy hipster future full of skinny jeans and frat parties...)

I’m majoring in illustration but I want to further explore women and gender studies. I’m very passionate about working towards full societal equality, and particularly passionate about women’s reproductive rights. I want to be able to make a difference and I’m lucky that illustration is a field where being vocal about my pro-choice views won’t hurt my career. Where having this blog won’t harm my chances to get a job in the future. I’m working towards a concentration in Women and Gender Studies, which I’m hoping to work into a minor with only two additional classes (although my mother is heavily pushing art history as a minor with women and gender studies as a concentration).

So thank you to Dr. Lent! You’re amazing. And thank you to everyone in my life who has helped me with my writing, my artwork, and getting to where I am today. Without my family and my friends I doubt I would be at RIT today and I especially doubt that I would feel this comfortable in voicing my opinions. I’m incredibly privileged to have so many loving people in my life. Thank you all.

I have been incredibly busy (and some could say lazy) lately. Classes, clubs, reading the entire internet, all of a sudden it’s two weeks later and nary a post in sight.

But fear not! For as an apology, I present to you a post with plenty of nudity…

And plenty of discussion on the implications of nudity in regards to men and women in art (you thought you would get to just enjoy some attractive naked men and women? Sorry!). First point of discussion: you would not believe how long it took me to find these few good examples of the male nude.

Well, that’s not entirely what I was searching for. I can immediately think of a number of examples of naked men as subject (particularly including contemporary work). For instance, a lot of paintings and statues by Michelangelo, ancient Roman and Greek nudes, work by artists such as Lucian Freud, Robert Mapplethorpe, the list goes on. So let me rephrase.

You would not believe how long it took me to find good examples of the sensual male nude.

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My drawing class began a new project today; recreating a work by an impressionist artist.

I don’t usually go for reproducing work. The thought and care that went into creating that piece, the composition, the color choices, the entire idea, everything is already there. So what I’m creating isn’t meaningful or innovative, it’s just a copy. However, I understand that some pieces aren’t about the finished product, they’re about the learning experience, and as a first year I’d like to improve my technique as much as possible.

I arrived at class with the three images I was considering working from. A Degas:

A Monet:

And a Gauguin:

Interestingly, some people had pieces that were obviously not by impressionist artists. In fact, two separate people had been fooled by Lucian Freud’s work, one student only bringing in three Freud paintings.

Our teacher surveyed the wall, “Jeremy*,” he said with a sigh, “could you tell me why you chose those images?”

Jeremy still didn’t realize his mistake, and began to talk about this painting:

“Well,” he said, “I liked this piece because it’s so grotesque”.

At this point the majority of the room laughed.

“It’s just that, look at this woman, and imagine doing that gesture. And as you keep working it’s just becoming grosser and grosser as you draw and paint more. She’s huge and there’s all of these flaps of flesh. That’s why I picked it”.

Everyone in the room is smiling. Some people nod their heads in agreement.

“That’s great Jeremy, but this piece isn’t impressionist. It’s by Lucian Freud…” My teacher explained Jeremy’s mistake, but not the mistake that I’d like to talk about.

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There comes a point in time where every college art student realizes that everything, and I mean everything they made in high school sucked.

You may fight it. You may say, “But wait, my work was the best in the class! My teachers loved it and I got the blue ribbon in the “Insert generic town name here” art festival!”

Well, it may have been good in comparison to other high school work, but compared to what you can and (possibly) will do? It sucked.

I remember how excited I was about my work from highschool. The colors were so great! The people were only vaguely misshapen! And the subject was so clever and unique!

No.

And thus, I get to the point of this post. I am going to try to go back and review the work I made in high school with a clearer eye. I am going to try to talk about my work without bias (I may not always succeed, but hey, I get points for trying, right?). The work I review will be from my breadth and concentration for AP studio art, and possibly other pieces I feel are relevant. I may not cover everything and I can’t promise that I’ll go in order, seeing as how I don’t exactly remember the order, but I’ll try to make this a fairly regular feature of this blog. Hopefully by going back and realizing the mistakes I was making in the past I can improve the work I’m making now.

So let’s begin:

Helios: God of the Sun

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This post is the second part of the story, I would recommend going back one post and reading in order!

After a huge adventure in moving the dollhouse across campus it was time for critique. We were supposed to partner up with someone we hadn’t worked with before and tell the class what we thought of their design, technique, and what we thought the idea behind their work was. I partnered with a classmate I had yet to work with, after all, he seemed nice enough.

I critiqued his work, which was a piece about how people outside of the US might view the US military. He depicted three soldiers silhouetted against a blurry background with red lights shining through their helmets. It was a little eerie, and almost video game-esque. I gave my commentary on the piece and described what I thought the concept might be to my best effort (at first I thought it was meant to be about how the video game industry depicts war and how it affects our perception of the real military. His concept became clear once he said what it was however).

When it came time to critique my work however, he gave a half-hearted review of the design elements and when it came time to talk about concept merely said, “I don’t know. It think it might hold meaning for girls”.

Really?

I worked very hard on this piece, I commented on your piece thoroughly, although many could argue that the military is primarily a “male” subject. You couldn’t even try to relate to my piece? Because it’s a dollhouse it holds no meaning or value for you?

The dollhouse. Apparently too “girly” to relate to.

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While the men of RIT are prone to complaining about the lack of women on campus, and sometimes have an air of entitlement in regards to women’s attention, the general attitude on campus is one of respect towards women. However, it’s often the little things that show our society’s overwhelmingly negative behavior towards women.

I’m not talking about the attacks on Planned Parenthood or Title X in this post (although I will try to speak about this soon. If your representative in the senate is anti-choice please CALL THEM. If they’re pro-choice, call them anyways to thank them for not alienating and taking away the bodily autonomy of half of their constituents. Stand united.)

I’m talking about the belief that things that women can relate to things made by and created for men while men cannot relate to things made by and created for women.

For my 2D design class we were allowed to create multi-media projects on the subject of our choice. I bounced around for a bit, considering covering the topics of gender roles recognized in childhood, the relationship my sister and I shared then and now, and finally settling on how time can affect memory. How my perception of my childhood reveals how much I have changed and how time affects our views.

Here are four of the eight I used. The rest will soon be visible on my deviantart account.

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Most people hate finals week, but for us art kids? Finals week is HEAVEN. We’ve finished all of our final projects, so while week 10 is a horrible, stressful, sleepless mess, week 11 is completely our own. Sleeping in, spending the final $300 of my food debit (the meal plan doesn’t work for me at all) on scarves and fun presents at Global Village Market, tying up any loose ends I need to tie up, I get to do it all.

This wasn't a class project, but something I did out of fun and boredom! I wanted to get better with colored pencils anyways

All of this free time means that I get to:

  1. Stay here for a week and just do whatever I want.
  2. Go home early.
  3. Do some magical combination of these two things.

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