Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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Notes from USC’s 54th Annual Student Art Exhibition

By Judit Trunkos

Each year the University of South Carolina Art Department invites students to submit works in any media for an annual juried exhibition. This year, Jeanette Guinn, Program Director for the South Carolina Arts Commission, judged the competition. She selected 57 works ranging from photography, painting, multimedia sculptural installations and video. The works are a good representation of the departments’ undergraduate and graduate students.

Mallory Collins’ “USC Library Card Catalog Book,” graduate student Katie Venugopal’s “Venugopal and Vasantha on Their Wedding Day” and undergraduate student Jordan Morris’ untitled work all received awards.

Collins’ hand stitched picture book incorporates photographs and descriptions of buildings and plays with the idea of cataloging an entire university. When viewed from one direction the book features sepia-toned images of USC’s Thomas Cooper Library, when viewed from the other direction it features images from all over campus.

Venugopal’s painting depicts young Indian couple on their wedding day. The bride, represented as feminine and soft, the groom as strong and disciplined, seem to be optimistically looking towards the future together. The bride gives the viewer a hint of a smile as the groom looks at the viewer with a certainty.

Morris, who earned first place among undergraduate students, does not limit his work to a certain theme or object, but wants the viewer to come to their own conclusions. The normally two-dimensional pieces of paper turn into a three dimensional object in Morris’ hands. The aesthetically pleasing sphere creates a seemingly organic object, individual details dissolving into Morris’ larger fantasy.

The USC group exhibit can be seen through March 27 at the McMaster Gallery at the University of South Carolina.

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Notes from USC’s 54th Annual Student Art Exhibition
By Judit TrunkosEach year the University of South Carolina Art Department invites students to submit works in any media for an annual juried exhibition. This year, Jeanette Guinn, Program Director for the South Carolina Arts Commission, judged the competition. She selected 57 works ranging from photography, painting, multimedia sculptural installations and video. The works are a good representation of the departments’ undergraduate and graduate students. Mallory Collins’ “USC Library Card Catalog Book,” graduate student Katie Venugopal’s “Venugopal and Vasantha on Their Wedding Day” and undergraduate student Jordan Morris’ untitled work all received awards. Collins’ hand stitched picture book incorporates photographs and descriptions of buildings and plays with the idea of cataloging an entire university. When viewed from one direction the book features sepia-toned images of USC’s Thomas Cooper Library, when viewed from the other direction it features images from all over campus.Venugopal’s painting depicts young Indian couple on their wedding day. The bride, represented as feminine and soft, the groom as strong and disciplined, seem to be optimistically looking towards the future together. The bride gives the viewer a hint of a smile as the groom looks at the viewer with a certainty.Morris, who earned first place among undergraduate students, does not limit his work to a certain theme or object, but wants the viewer to come to their own conclusions. The normally two-dimensional pieces of paper turn into a three dimensional object in Morris’ hands. The aesthetically pleasing sphere creates a seemingly organic object, individual details dissolving into Morris’ larger fantasy. The USC group exhibit can be seen through March 27 at the McMaster Gallery at the University of South Carolina.
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