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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Wendy Babcox opens at HCC Dale Mabry 221 November 21, 2013.
Work by Wendy Babcox
Gallery221@HCC presents undercover
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 opensundercover, photography by Wendy Babcox and Selina Romanon 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.
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.
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: