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May 20, 2009  
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Photographers present final exhibit as students

Four graduating artists have filled the Ohio University Art Gallery in Seigfred Hall not only with images but also multimedia installations, expanding the common perception of photography. 

The exhibit features the work of Elisa Gabor, Gwen Mastrangelo, Molly McCafferty and Kathrine Tilley.

"These works are manifestations of the artists' needs to create emotional and psychological connections between themselves and the outside world," Tilley said.

By documenting of the death of a family farm, Gabor helps viewers experience the sentiments of change while also being able to critique the character of display and organization of memories.

Mastrangelo investigates the beautiful banality of everyday life and the transformation of private spaces into public ones in "The Archive/The Essay."  In her exhibit, her desk becomes the subject of photographs to document the daily changes in her life. In addition to the photos, Mastrangelo recorded her thoughts and actions in a blog. The photographs and accompanying blog result in a personal archive, accessible to gallery viewers. 

Photographed in Columbus, Ohio, McCafferty's work explores the subject of homelessness. By photographing homeless environments, McCafferty investigated questions about social documentary practices responding to historical and critical models.

Tilley creates a narrative by recreating occurrences of childhood sexual abuse. She transforms the subjective into a material object by constructing scenes with simple elements in controlled environments. Through her photography, she experiments with the conceptual and formal representations of a surface: what is seen versus what is unseen.

The exhibition will run from May 26 to 30 with an opening reception on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. in Seigfred Hall 536. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Don't miss these other arts events:

  • On Thursday from 9 to 11 p.m. visiting artist Lydia Moyer will create a large-scale, site-specific video projection on the grounds of Ohio University in collaboration with Visiting Assistant Professor David Colagiovanni's Art 311 class, the Aesthetics Technology Lab and Arts for Ohio. Moyers work will be presented in proximity to Putnam Hall and will utilize a portable projection cart developed in Art 311. Viewers are asked to meet at the front of Putnam Hall (side closest to Seigfred) at 9 p.m. to be guided to the installation.

  • The School of Music will present Joseph Haydn's "The Creation" under the direction of Steven Huang, conductor. The Ohio University Symphony Orchestra with combined choirs will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for children and students with a valid university ID.

  • Featuring six original work by faculty, staff and students, the School of Dance presents its annual Spring Dance Concert at 8 p.m. May 20, 21, 28 and 29 at the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theatre in Putnam Hall. General admission is $8. OHIO students with a valid ID receive free admission through Arts for Ohio.

  • Check out the Arts for Ohio calendar for more information. Visit www.finearts.ohio.edu/artsforohio/.


Related Links
College of Fine Arts:  http://www.finearts.ohio.edu/ 
Ohio University Art Gallery:  http://www.finearts.ohio.edu/art/galleries/ouart.htm  

Published: May 20, 2009 3:59 PM  

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