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The 2011 Annual Student Art Exhibition @ UT was held at the spacious Scarfone/Hartley Gallery about a month ago. Adam Justice, curator for the Polk Museum of Art judged the show awarding about $3,000. There was a wide variety of media in the show. Here at AT, our judgments are...er...priceless. As with the preceding Surveys of aHCC Ybor and USF Grad show, here are some highlights...
|Samantha Burns, "Dei Gratia"|
Samantha Burn's richly textured, mixed-media "Dei Gratia" was made from sand, paint, wood stain, cheesecloth, bones and string. It was one of those works that has sub-frames within it outline, evoking memory, the passage of time, and transition.
|Julia Heinke, "Once Upon A Time"|
Julie Heinke's intaglio, "Once Upon a Time", is reminiscent of the Little Red Riding Hood myth, with a woman carrying a lantern looking bothered by the wolfpack trailing her through the woods.
|Shannon Kenny, "Why'd you have to seduce me"|
Shannon Kenny's "Why'd you have to seduce me" is a female human bust made of cigarettes, encaustic [Link], and sand, its head seized by a pair of ashen hands. It's a strong comment on addiction, and not necessarily to cigarettes. It also raises the question of the powerlessness of the seduced.
|Lisa Harasiuk, "Mother"|
Lisa Harasiuk's "Mother" looks like a female Jesus figure crucified not onto a cross, but a woman's reproductive organs. The Ovaries and Fallopian tunes make the horizontal portion and the uterus the vertical. She is wearing a minimal undie very similar to a tiny JC loincloth.
At the base of the work is what could be construed as a minimalist altar with nothing on it save for a Virgin's Saint's candle. A refreshing reinterpretation of a hackneyed Christian icon.
On the right is William Stryffeler's "Close Up Ready, the Real Clowns of Frankenstein Manor". A dangerously decorative work that is strong on its own, and more so when seen with other pictures from the series.
This is also by William Stryffeler, titled "Nature Imitates #2." A ceramic work that looks organic, similar to a barnacle-encrusted form.
Rachel Rosen's "Untitled", a hanging stack of books complete with mordant text was unusual and surprisingly passionate. The shadow seemed like an integral part of the piece.
|Lisa Harasiuk, "It doesn't matter, Nobody is Listening"|
Another Lisa Harasiuk, an introspective piece about having conversations with oneself while no one is listening.....or listening to the art.
|Michael Fitzpatrick, "Rise and Unite"|
Michael Fitzpatrick's social sculpture, "Rise and Unite", has a strong political theme. Four fists stacked atop one another speak of collective power.
|Jessica Simmerman "Beach Days"|
Samantha Burns, "Emergence". Done in acrylics and oil this large painting had a strong sense of intimacy/directness with the viewer.
David Canady's "Real Girl in a Fake World" is an ironic image where an obviously digitized picture of a woman appears to reverse the field polarity with reality.
Congratulations to the University of Tampa Artists and staffers for an excellent show.
[This concludes AT's 2011 Student Survey]