Tuesday, April 15, 2008

'Chronotopes: Where Time and Space Meet': 2008 Student Art Exhibition at Washington College

Chestertown, MD — The Washington College Department of Art and Art History will present the 2008 Student Art Exhibition, "Chronotopes: Where Space and Time Meet," at the Constance Stuart Larrabee Art Center from Tuesday, April 29, to Sunday, May 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. The opening reception, featuring award announcements, will be held on Wednesday, April 30, at 5:30 p.m.

The show's highlight is an exhibition of Senior Capstone Experiences by graduating art majors Joanna Baker, Josh Burkhart and Megan Travers.

Also on display are works by both advanced and beginning students of various studio divisions such as photography, drawing, ceramics, video art, painting and design.

The three young artists graduating this year have created interdisciplinary works that combine various forms of installation art: projected image, sound environment, sculptural object, found object and drawing.

Their work "provides us with inspiring, thought-provoking and highly creative ways of experiencing the world and their take on it," said Assistant Professor of Studio Art Monika Weiss, who curated the exhibition. "The three works can be thought of as linked via the motif of meditation on space and time, the inside and the outside of our personal membrane."

Joanna Baker's "Ethereal Illusions" is a three-dimensional installation combining drawing, found objects and fabrics. Flowing white tulle material surrounds a series of small-scale drawings of female dancers, their bodies fragmented and presented in states of suspension and flight, while a pile of pointe shoes rests trapped under sand bags. It's a meditation on dance and the dueling strengths and limitations of body movement.

Josh Burkhart's "Dimension of Thoughts" consists of a liquid crystal display hidden inside a five-feet tall white box, where two separate yet almost identical images are viewed as a synchronized stereogram projection. The stereoscopic double image and its accompanying musical composition represent the solitary world of memory and imagination—the inner world of the artist.

Megan Elaine Travers' "Your Revolution Starts Here?" is a three-dimensional landscape combining drawing and sculpture depicting parts of the Washington college campus. The work reconceptualizes the very notion of "landscape," imbuing it with undercurrents of the social landscape and the political landscape in addition to the mere physical landscape.

The 2008 Washington College Student Art Exhibition was coordinated and designed by Maria Taylor '09, majoring in studio art and psychology. Admission is free and open to public.

April 15, 2008

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