|HCC 221 Gallery, Dale Mabry Campus. Work by Stacey Rosende.|
The HCC Galleries currently in ascendance in the Bay area, are college galleries, but not outlets for undergraduate work (as in USF). They are a rich, educational visual resource for students and the community, bringing out emerging and established artists in top quality shows.
The work in this show are the result of a residency in Venice during the Summer of 2013 and how Rosende was affected by the textures, patterns, colors and rhythms of the city. The patterns were in weathered stone, architectural decoration. textures of plaster, and transparency of water. These are mixed media works, using printmaking, painting and stenciling.
|Stacy Rosende, "Teeth".|
|Stacey Rosende, "Venetian"|
In the work above, one can see patterns. There is a small book of iphotographs made by Rosende that is in the Notebooks available to viewers at the gallery titled "Informing the work". These were like preliminary sketches for the works in the show. The artist, as a photographer, is exploring the play of light, texture, pattern, color and history. I could not help but refer to the spectrograph, the output of a scientific instrument used to identify things like the elements present in a sample, or the composition of stars. The results look like this:
These paintings remind me of an aesthetic, organic analysis or reading of Venice, the most salient parts, yielding their secrets.
|Work by Stacy Rosende|
The small, somewhat "hairy" sculptures are bisected. They look similar to geodes, which are often also dislayed bisected so that the crystals formed inside can be seen. Here the contrast is between the rocky, hairy exterior and the colorful, emotional (cool or hot) interior, a subsurface view.
Congratulations to Stacey Rosende, HCC Dale Mabry Director Katherine Gibson and the Student Government Association for a very good show.