Artist: Joshua Hershman
On the campus of Alfred University, the Fosdick-Nelson gallery held an exhibition of the works created by artist Joshua Hershman. As I explored this gallery, it became highly noticeable that this artist used a certain medium quite a lot, and this medium is glass. In his artist statement, Hershman had stated that his more recent works were created to encourage new ways of viewing photography. He also stated that he decided to use this medium as a way to bring deeper meaning to a photographic image.
One piece that caught my attention was a sort of circular glass and it was split in half. Both ends were at opposite edges of the table it was displayed on. Despite the unclarity of the message of the piece, I was still captivated with the way the light was set up to compliment the piece and I was intrigued with the fact that it was balanced. This left me questioning how the artist accomplished keeping it balanced rather than just questioning why would he create a work such as this.
This gallery in particular was quite fascinating because it explored a different medium that isn’t normally seen in an artistic way. Normally, the only glass we interact with is practical things such as cups, windows, etc. However, this artist took a practical medium and turned it into something much more extravagant.
Exhibits such as “Penumbra” relates to the Digital Media and Animation major because in this major, especially as sophomores, my class has grown accustomed to working with different mediums and having to leave behind what we would call “regular art.” It also opens our minds to the possible mediums we could be ignoring. Art can be created with any and everything and exhibits like this reminds us of that.