Union College senior, Natalya Brill presents a harmony of discord in her solo exhibition at the Wikoff Student Gallery. Using incongruous phrases combined with digitally altered drawings, she creates a curious, ambiguous ether for viewers to meander through. Brill encourages viewers to disassemble the pairings, and consider both what they see initially, and what can be extracted by separating the written and visual elements.
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.