Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wendy Babcox opens at HCC Dale Mabry 221 November 21, 2013.

NATURE VS. MANMADE: Tubes #2 by Selina Roman.
Work by Wendy Babcox

Gallery221@HCC presents 
Photography by Wendy Babcox and Selina Roman 
November 18 – December 12, 2013
TAMPA, FL - Hillsborough Community College’s Gallery 221 on the Dale Mabry campus opens undercover, photography by Wendy Babcox and Selina Roman on November 18, with an Artist Reception scheduled for Thursday, November 21 from 5 to 7 pm, including an informal Artist Talk around 6 pm. The exhibit will be available through December 12, 2013.
Undercover is an exploration of the colorful, and often times, paradoxical images that appear in plain sight. The bodies of work chosen for this exhibit have a playful tension between them.  Where Babcox documents buildings dressed in colored, striped tents for fumigation, and rolling green golf courses with scattered sand traps; Roman dresses figures in colored tights and vintage costumes, and places them in natural landscapes.  
The selected pieces of Roman’s work comes from a series titled, “Confidence Tastes Like a Low-Slung Cloud,” part of her thesis work completed for her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of South Florida.  Roman explains that the series “ponders the slow and quiet decay that denial and ignorance cultivates. Among the glittery costumes and saturated colors, something always seems to be ignored or overlooked.  It is a playful ignorance that if left unchecked could get out of hand and turn ugly.”
Both bodies of Babcox’s work featured in undercover focus on landscapes that have been controlled in order to make them appear more pleasing to the viewer; much like a mask is used to conceal what we’d rather not reveal. The colorful, circus-like tents used to eradicate destructive pests provide a contradiction to our acuities; they are at the same time cheerful and deadly. Images of golf courses captured in a somewhat abstracted style, convey voluptuous curves and rich textures that are aesthetically pleasing.  However, these organic shapes conceal what lies beneath if left uncontrolled.
Babcox received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Florida.  She primarily works in photography and video and currently teaches at the University of South Florida. 
For additional information on the artists, visit their respective websites:                         
All programs are free and open to the public. 
Gallery Reception: Thursday, November 21, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.; 6 p.m. Artist Talk
Exhibit Invitation attached
Exhibition Title: undercover, photography by Wendy Babcox and Selina Roman
Exhibition Dates: November 18 – December 12, 2013
Location: Gallery 221@HCC, 2nd floor library, Learning Resources Center, Dale Mabry Campus
4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa 33614 
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Weekend
Media Contact: Katherine Gibson, Gallery Director; ;813-253-7386
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1 comment:

  1. Hi Luis! Thank you for posting this about our Gallery 221 exhibit. I want to be sure folks know that in addition to Wendy's work, we are also showing Selina Roman's work - both are in the gallery as part of a dual show. And the image of the "tube" is actually one of Selina's images. Again, thanks for the post and we hope to see you there.... amid your many stops.