MOUNT VERNON — Seniors in Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Art Department will present an art exhibit in the Schnormeier Gallery in downtown Mount Vernon, May 6 through 18. A reception will be held Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., along with First Friday activities.
This exhibit comes as a culmination of a year’s worth of work for the four senior art majors. All following diverse paths, these developing artists work in a variety of mediums — from paintings and drawings to contemporary collage and video.
From Madison, Haley Burke has created gestural drawings with a focus on contoured lines of the human face and expressions in online profile photos from sites such as Facebook. The images are connected on receipt rolls and through collages, which displays the relational aspect of social networking. The way the images flow together when placed by one another represents the interaction of the people portrayed and their friendship.
Liz Misich, also from Madison, uses film as her medium of choice, which she says allows viewers to see interactions with common objects in a new light. Her videos are minimalist in that what is shown is the object, hands and the tools used to change and influence the object. Softballs and bananas are used for their immediate sense of skin, layers and peeling away, which translates to our daily routines and questioning why people do what they do.
Inspired by the paintings of Arthur Dove, Danaé Pohly of Hartville, brings landscape paintings to the exhibit. Her work includes various shapes and sizes of wood or luan panels glued together and painted over with rolling hills, stormy skies and natural color schemes, representing life’s “uneven surfaces or valleys” and the beauty and growth that can be found in the midst of challenging situations.
Mindy Stevens is a self-proclaimed formalist. From Windermere, Fla., she creates collages of paper, wood and glue, working in extremes with large paper, small wooden pieces and tissue-thin paper. She explains that each collage is a combination of intention and accident. She used a device such as string dipped in paint to make lines on the paper — allowing physics to have the ultimate control. After the cautious addition of shapes and color, the culmination of the piece is that of organized chaos.
For more information about the MVNU art program, visit www.mvnu.edu/art-design or call 866-462-MVNU.
Published on May 6, 2011