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Marylhurst BFA thesis exhibit set to open

Artists talk to be held June 6 at 12:30 p.m. in the Art Gym


Marylhurst University will open its 2013 Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition with a preview reception in the Art Gym next week.by: SUBMITTED - Stephanie Lockerbie Gillette's 'Summer Knight,' is a portrait of the artist's daughter.

The event, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, will present the works of eight bachelor’s candidates: Kelcey Costanzo, Stephanie Lockerbie Gillette, Josh P.A. Gross, Kimberly Kelly, Margaret Peterson, Claire Pupo, Kirsten Rogers and Noelle Winiecki.

The thesis candidates will give a gallery talk on June 6 at 12:30 p.m. The exhibition continues through June 16.

The Art Gym is located on the top floor of the B.P. John Administration Building on the Marylhurst University campus and is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free.

The 2013 Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates

  • Kelcey Costanzo’s thesis work taps into memories of her family’s traditions around food. In each small watercolor on paper, she illustrates a family heirloom object — a cake icer or cake cutter, for example — set against a textile representative of her Italian, Hungarian, Scottish and English heritage. The artist is interested in traditions and rituals around food that different immigrant groups bring with them to this country.
  • Stephanie Lockerbie Gillette is also interested in family and makes portraits that reflect each person’s interests and history. In “Summer Knight,” the artist’s daughter, who is a civilian physicist attached to the military and currently stationed in Germany, is shown holding an M4 rifle in front of the Stiefkirche in Stuttgart. In “Looking Ahead,” her husband, who is nearing retirement, stands in front of Crater Lake holding a camera.
  • Josh P.A. Gross uses skulls as a vehicle for language. In each linoleum monoprint, an image of a human skull is created using bold graphics of words. Gross is interested in the impact of posters, skateboard art and other popular art forms. He also explores the semiotics of images and words and their combined suggested meanings.
  • Kimberly Kelly will present block prints and the carved wood used to make prints. In works like “Irony Board,” she carved the phrase “I think you missed a spot” into an ironing board. Kelly writes, “The subject matter of my work has focused on a wordplay between the functionality of the object I have carved as my block, and an ulterior meaning that comes in both an ironic and humorous way.”
  • Margaret Peterson’s thesis is based on the 15 tenets of I Corinthians: Chapter 13, which describes what love is: patient, kind, does not boast. The artist chose to focus on the opposites of the tenets, because, she said, “We fall short and live in an imperfect world.” For her color photographs, Peterson asked teenagers to strike poses to illustrate attitudes like impatience and boastfulness. The staging, artificial lighting and posed models reflect her interest in Renaissance and Baroque painting and also in the world of contemporary photographers like Eileen Cowin.
  • Claire Pupo’s acrylic on canvas paintings have titles like “Wave Me When It’s Over,” “Clothesline” and “Why Not Have Both.” The artist is interested in gender roles and sees these artworks as odes to the women in her life. Most of the paintings suggest meaning through association by floating small images of identifiable objects — clothespins, kite, dress, bow tie — in carefully constructed abstract fields.
  • Kirsten Rogers is constructing an installation composed of a door with a peephole through which one sees a room furnished with a mirror, sofa and televisions. Rogers is creating video montages from archival television footage, which will screen on the televisions. The artist expresses an interest in the kind of voyeurism found in the pop culture of reality TV and the high culture of 20th century French artist Marcel Duchamp, whose famous peephole installation “Etant donnes” (1966) has been on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 1968.
  • Noelle Winiecki combines several media and techniques to make the sculptures she created for the thesis exhibition. In by: SUBMITTED - Noelle Winieckis' 'Fragile Things' uses clay to build a sculpture covered in small pod-like receptacles, which are filled with tiny monotypes printed on fabric and stitched together.“Fragile Things” she used clay to build a sculpture covered in small pod-like receptacles then filled them with tiny monotypes printed on fabric and stitched together. Other works — “Mitosis” and “Wasp Nest,” for example, take their inspiration from cellular processes and animal-made structures. Winiecki also views the fabric monotypes as an outcome of her interest in fashion, and sees their use in her art as a way of adorning or dressing the sculptures.
  • The goal of the Marylhurst University art thesis program is to assist the senior-level student in the development of a coherent body of professional-level work. The thesis project has two components, studio work and a thesis report. The written proposal is developed in the fall and evolves during the next two terms into a paper that discusses studio work progress from conception to completion.

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