For my gallery write up, I’ll be discussing a recent exhibit that was introduced to the Bret Llewellyn gallery here at Alfred State. The exhibit is known as “Pizzazz,” and it showcases the virtuosity of the freshmen in the Digital Media and Animation program. It consists of both the mask project and the chair project. The sole medium being used in these projects is none other than charcoal. Charcoal is always a fascinating medium to work with, for it depends on how light or dark it is that gives the piece an interesting story.
This was kind of a test of individuality because due to sharing similar characteristics such as the medium and content, the freshmen had to find a way of drawing the chair will still showcasing something different. Some accepted this challenge and succeeded, truly standing out from the rest. The chair below grabbed my attention immediately. Not because it was better from the rest, but because of the point of view the artist used. Rather than getting the full view of the chair like most of the other artists, this artist chose more of a close up view, allowing for a more personal feel and giving the audience more details.
The masks and their drawings were a different story, as finding the individuality was relatively easy. The freshmen were extremely diverse in their craftsmanship and their drawings, adding on small features that not even my freshmen class could’ve thought of. Masks such as the mask below were stunning, simply because it was beautifully crafted and the medium in the drawing was gently used and consisted of a rather nice balance of color and space.
This exhibit allowed me to take a glimpse of how much this major is expanding in creativity, individuality and diversity. Being that I, too, did these very same projects a year ago allows me to compare and contrast their work to the work of my own class, enlarging my ability to critique a piece from an unbiased point of view. This exhibit has strengthened my yearning to find what truly makes me an individual.