Interactive Authoring Gallery Write-Up; PIZZAZZ

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.

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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.

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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.

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About schinnery1996

My name is Shanelle Chinnery and I study Digital Media and Animation at Alfred State College. It’s my third year and the last time this bio was updated was on my very first day of college. I had ended off my previous bio with my desire to grow throughout my years here in Alfred State and with my senior year on the horizon, I’m glad to say I’ve definitely grown since that day. With the variety of classes and mediums I’ve experienced during these three years, I’ve learned what grasps my attention and what strays it away. I came into college with an unclear direction of what I wanted to do in my field and to be quite honest, I’m still not sure what direction I’m going in, but I have a better idea. I enjoy the storytelling aspect of animation, but then again I also enjoy animating in 3D and would love to explore the possibility of voice acting. While I’m uncertain about the exact route of my future, I still take great pride in the how much I’ve changed, art wise. I’ve gained knowledge and experience in endless number of programs I never thought I’d be able to work around, I’ve grown accustomed to digital art rather than traditional pencil to paper art, and most importantly, I’m just a better artist in general. I could say that is my favorite achievement and I can’t wait to see what my future holds in this field.
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