Working in the medium of black and white digital photography, Union College senior, Kian Nowrouzi, captures human emotion and a diversity of culture within contemporary, post-revolutionary China and Cuba. His photographs are striking and original, and his use of the black and white medium, as well as classic composition, imparts a timelessness to the frames. Activities and behaviors of divergent social classes, religions, and genders are captured street-level, and despite evidence of residual struggle, Nowrouzi’s portraits reveal a vibrancy and an enormous strength of spirit.
Employing the iconic framework of LIFE magazine’s cover architecture, Union College sophomore Arielle Singer rehashes key moments in history with digitally altered photographs from the magazine’s pages. She creates visual criticism of both recent events, such as the current refugee crisis and life “since the iPod,” as well as historical episodes deeply embedded in our cultural milieu, such as the dropping of the atomic bombs.
The annual LGBTQ at Union exhibition returns this fall to the Wikoff Student Gallery, September 4th through December 14th, 2015. This year the exhibition will again coincide with October’s LGBTQ History Month and National Coming Out Day, which is Sunday, October 11th, and will include work in painting, photography, digital art, short historical fiction, and film by current Union College professors, students and recent alumni.
In conjunction with the 40th annual New York African Studies Association (NYASA) Conference, to be held at Union College April 3rd, 2015, the Wikoff Student Gallery presents an exhibition of photography by Union students and alumni who have participated in term abroad programs and Minerva Fellowships in Eqypt, Ethiopia, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda.
“By using the software package Cinema 4D, a tool designed to allow our biology to interact with virtuality, the artists in the exhibition Palpably Synthetic chronicle the art that can be generated inside our new digital horizon. Approaching concept from a variety of perspectives, all the artists in this exhibition share the common bond of venturing bravely into the hybrid universe of the digital mind; a future reality that will not be foreign, but that we will all recognize as home.” – Fernando Orellana
The annual LGBTQ at Union exhibition returns this fall to the Wikoff Student Gallery and will coincide with October’s LGBTQ History Month and National Coming Out Day, October 11th. The exhibition includes works in photography, documentary film, musical composition, and creative writing by current Union College professors, recent graduates and alumni.
Teddy Benfield is a junior from Mystic, Connecticut, majoring in Visual Arts. Teddy tends to look at our environment in the context of American history as it relates to popular culture. The repeated use of motifs in his work creates his own visual language, and represents his understanding of our national identity.
Working in the classic medium of black and white film photography, Union College senior, Trevor Martin, creates provocative and intimate figure studies, the product of his participation in Professor Martin Benjamin’s Photography I and II courses. A photograph from this body of work has also recently been shown at the 120 Degrees Intercollegiate Art Competition at the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council’s Lapham Gallery in Glens Falls, New York.
Working on a digital canvas, Union College sophomore, Janey Fine, combines sanguine sentiments and imagery of the fifties with raw printing elements and social criticism of the new millennium. Design principles of Gestalt theory pique intellectual interest, while the inclusion of vintage portraiture paints a pleasing, yet provocative, picture.