Roma: Sketchbooks and Drawings from the 2015 AU Department of Art & Art History’s Art in Rome Study Abroad showcases artwork by students responding to living in Rome for five weeks. Additionally the exhibition showcases ephemera collected by the students abroad; mementos, menus, souvenirs, pictures, and newspapers, which reflect their overall experiences. The combination of artwork and materials from Rome provides a compelling argument for the rich social and cultural experience to be gained from studying abroad. Students who participated in the program will be available during the closing reception on Friday, October 23rd to answer questions and provide personal anecdotes about their adventures.
Unrest: a feeling of disturbance or dissatisfaction in a person. Within all of us, unrest prevents sleep, peace, and ease; however, we often bury these emotions within, choosing instead to showcase an untroubled version of our lives to each other. The .gifs I, II, and III represent the unease within everyone, demonstrating the various yet connected reasons for chaos affecting all humans.
Houses for family, hands for relationships, flowers for romance. The symbols of the causes of our anxiety grow out of each girl, only to retreat back under calm appearances. Furthermore, background elements fading in and out supplement the symbolism. Fighting dogs flash before the flowers in I, hinting at the often violent nature of romance. Hands pulling apart a curtain in II indicates the tension of in relationships. An abstract, geometric form signals the boundaries and constriction inherent in home in III. In brief moments, eyes become obscured to heighten the disconnect between individuals. Each .gif of a nondescript girl loops infinitely, reflecting the unceasing cycle of inner turmoil.
This week I assisted one of my mentors, Zdenko Krtic (website here), with installing his newest show at the Gallery of Art, which is a part of the Temple University Rome program. It was really phenomenal to work with an artist who has completed two artist residencies with the American Academy in Rome. For this show, he created beautiful encausted works on paper. The show, Verneal Pools, opens Wednesday June 3 from 7 to 9 pm, and then May 31 through June 12, 2015.