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April 2014

Clemson University in Clemson, SC, Offers Works by BFA Art Students

The Center for Visual Arts at Clemson University, in Clemson, SC, will present Look Here, Not There, a BFA senior student exhibition, on view in the Lee Gallery, from Apr. 14 - 24, 2014. Artist Talks and a reception will be held on Apr. 18, starting at 6:30pm. Each artist will give a five-minute talk about their work.

The exhibit showcases the culmination of senior studio research for the graduating class of 2014, including oil paintings by Ashley Davis, Georgia Haas, and T. J. Fletcher; drawings by Chi-Chen Lee; photography by Sarah Phillips and Elisabeth Smith; and woodcuts by Annemarie Weekley.

The gallery walls will be brimming with the work of seven up and coming artists to be, in one of the largest senior showcases for Clemson’s Art Department. While the styles and breadth of work - paintings, photos, and prints - are unique in their own right, this group of emerging artists shares an underlying perspective and tactic of abstraction in many manifestations. Many of the works on view in the exhibition rely on perspective and the conceptual route of abstraction, dissipation, and deconstruction as inspiration for their creative research. Works in the exhibit explore a range of ideas starting from a reformation of a dissipated memory, to the annihilation of a constructed notion of one’s self-awareness; from the abstracted re-proposition of a minimalistic movement to the satirical breakdown of societal intemperance.

Other works explore a dispersion of sheltered confines for a radical immersion into nature or the transcendence of the plague of disease; even the stripping of the non essential in order to revel in the grain and simplicity in a natural medium. With the dynamism of color, angles, and abstracted compilations of broken barriers, these seven students have put forth a challenge for the active approach and responsibility of the viewer to absorb.

The visual production is only a piece of the research and creative development pursued in the four year Clemson BFA program. Students explore concepts, purposes of intent, art historical discourse, personal histories, and new processes, creating a conceptual foundation for their visual work. For the artist, this is an ever evolving and essential process.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings or contact Lee Gallery Exhibits Preparator, Jac Kuntz by e-mail at (jkuntz@g.clemson.edu).

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