From the class of the Department of Photography and Drawing in 2022, “Show One” features works that cover topics prevalent in modern society, using a variety of artistic means.
“Show One” is the first in this year’s series of photos and multimedia showcases of the Department of Photography and Drawing of the School of Art Silence. The gallery showcases a variety of photographic and multimedia presentations collected by students and faculty of the Faculty of Photography. members of the graduation class photography and shooting program.
The show, which consists of 22 separate projects, opened to the public on February 7 and will run until March 18. It is located on the first and eighth floors of 721 Broadway and can be visited from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Freshman Gaia Gamboa, patroness of the exhibition, not knowing what to expect.
When she saw the first few works, it became clear the amazing originality of the projects. “I was very intrigued by the different types of work at the exhibition,” Gamboa said.
Show One covers a variety of topics from mental health to the benefits and availability of weapons in America. Ines Boo’s project “Girl: Powerful and Empowered”, which showcases women of all body types, perfectly decorated in strong positions, allow all viewers to feel empowered given his desire to showcase the diversity of figure types through the prism of beauty. Boo’s work challenges traditional notions of beauty by contrasting the typical way women are decorated with photographers working in fashion or advertising.
Projects such as Jiaki Liu’s “Watch”, Ryanid Hilton’s “These Roots” and Elena Gutierrez’s “Our Roots”samplespls_version2_new3.als”Use several tools to create a more exciting gallery experience. In Liu’s work, visitors scan a QR code that leads them to an interactive website with written andes about the passage of time accompanied by ticking clocks. Hilton’s work features bright clothing items such as a dress with black women’s hair braided at the hem, as well as a series of photos of hairstyles. «samplespls_version2_new3.als”Even showcases touching videos and samples of music that you can listen to in headphones. Regardless of the format, the works have a lasting effect, captivating the viewer the longer he watches or listens. They are a testament to the pliability of photography as an ever-evolving art form, led by artists who have learned to think beyond simple photography.
Although the final projects are phenomenal in themselves, Leighton Davis, creator of Designing Negatives, stressed that the most important part of the work for him was the process that preceded it.
Davis combines photographs of architectural works and edits them to add digital brilliance and variety of colors to ordinary works. For many of these young artists, the design of works was not a linear process. It was creative detours and experiments during the assembly of their pieces that made the final product worthwhile.
“I can see the summary of my last four years in New York, summarized on one 16-foot wall,” Davis said. “I think that’s when quality work means the most to me.”
Although they were all visually appealing, an important aspect of the project was the individual artistic theses of each photographer, which can be found in the written statements next to each of the works. Emily Contreras Gomez, artist of “GAME OVER”, created a video in which one character goes through the “Battlefield style”, and the voice-over discusses the relationship behind members of the video game community.
In his work, Contreras Gomez details the romantic relationships between players of different video games to describe the connection people feel despite their distance from each other. Emphasizing the stories of the two couples, Gomez was able to examine the personal anxieties associated with the relationship that she discovered while collecting “GAME OVER”.
The works in “Show One” are usually perceived as elements of one wall in 721 Broadway, but Jeff Thomas, creator of “The Bull in the Chinese Store,” is doing more, really working to immerse viewers in his work. In part of the eighth-floor gallery, visitors can dive behind the curtain to see a work by Thomas that combines several artistic means to depict the fight against mental illness.
Using red as the central motif, Thomas uses a collection of sculptures, blood-soaked photographs and a simple room design with white walls that has a small window, shelf and door to visualize how people can be trapped in their own psyche. Viewers of The Bull at the Chinese Stop, confined indoors, are forced to experience claustrophobia because they are physically given very little space to avoid being attacked by Thomas ’art.
Daniel Gyeongjung Kim emphasizes the power of privileges in American culture in his “Made in America” collection. Kim showcases high-heeled shoes to highlight the dangers posed by wealthy Americans who wear branded heels at every turn.
A native of New York University, Whit Humphries uses a similar technique in “American Framework: An Unwashing.” Humphries ’work has a brighter feel than Kim’s. The use of blood-stained photographs of people holding firearms creates sharp comments about gun control in America. Humphreys reflects on the death that weapons can bring to us.
The difficult topics covered by many students at Show One demonstrate that the photographic skills these students possess make their works shine. The careful placement of objects and the specific lighting techniques used by artists enliven the objects they shoot, making them feel as if they are right in front of you.
Whether you decide to pop in between classes or hours of strolling through galleries, “Show One” is a must-see.
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