Interactive Design: Penumbra Exhibition

Artist: Joshua Hershman

Exhibit: Penumbra

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.


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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