“Continuum â, the new student exhibition at the DAAP Meyers Gallery at the Steger Student Life Center, recently opened on September 7th. The exhibition features work in all mediums by students of Assistant Art Professor Lorena Molina and the 2020 sophomore research studio of graduate teaching assistant Kyle Angel.
The 18 featured artists, now in their third year specializing in Fine Arts, were chosen by the faculty of the Fine Arts Department from a group of hundreds of students based on their freshman work.
Because all DAAP‘s programs were virtual last year due to the pandemic, the class was taught entirely online. As a result, the exhibition is a mix of all art forms: videos, digital prints, collages, and even clothing.
“[Because] we met online and everyone had different ways of doing their jobs, i think that prompted a lot of them to be creative,” said Molina. “I think it was mostly about adapting to the spaces they had, the studios they had, what they had access to and knowing that whatever tool they had, as long as they were were thinking critically about how they were using it, was going to work well.“
One of the exhibitions‘s featured artists is sat Edwards. His piece, “Pseudo,” ridicule materialism and showcase homemade clothing bearing the logos of high-end fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci.
Edwards mentioned that the process of working from home was more difficult than he was used to, specifically citing the difficulties he encountered in translating physical art into a digital world.
“I had to find a way to make my physical products presentable in a digital world and it was really difficult because you can never see something in the gallery the same way you will see it online, âhe said. . “So I‘I’m really glad that even though [the gallery] has been delayed, we still have to put it in place.“
Similar to Edwards, Kendall Matsey, whose series of digital collages and accompanying journal entries, “Collective logging,” saw the pandemic affect his creative process, saying “I’m not usually a digital artist, but recently got into photography. I discovered how to overlay photos in a certain way and create a different kind of collage that I had never explored before.“
She went on to say “this was really helpful because I was working from home I was running out of supplies so it was going to be easier for me to use Photoshop.“
The pandemic not only changed the way artists turned their ideas into realities, but also the way those ideas were conceived in the first place.
In addition to the pandemic allowing him to explore a new medium, Matsey cited the loneliness of social distancing and blockages as inspiration for his work.
âIn our time when we were in COVID, I felt disconnected from people and wanted to open up a conversation about just about anything, so I had a few prompts that I gave to my friends and family. She said.
Although the gallery varies in the mediums and themes of the pieces on display, each piece serves as a platform for the artist to share their perspectives, emotions and critiques, unifying the exhibition.
“This is how I speak and this is the easiest way to get my point across,” said Kara Yeomans, another of the student artists included in the exhibition. âI’m not a loud person, but I feel like inviting others to contemplate at their own pace. Instead of you talking to them, they have time to think, watch, and understand how they are feeling.“
His work included two digital paintings from his series. “Yellow face” is a “examining the beauty trends that appeal to Asian women, especially Chinese women and see the implications they have, based on their historical racial and societal background,” as she described the series.
“I’m just really proud of them” Molina said of her students. “I think they had a really beautiful, important and brilliant show. I’m just really excited to see what they keep doing.“