Student Studio Art Exhibit Opens April 15
The opening of the Fairfield University Senior Studio Art Exhibition, Decoding Reality, will take place Wednesday, April 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lukacs Gallery located in the lower level of Loyola Hall.
This exhibition, which is free and open to the public, runs until May 6 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It displays the individual work of three seniors: Abigail Abrams, Allison Nottingham, and Kelly Conley.
Jo Yarrington, professor of visual and performing arts, is teaching the Senior Seminar class this spring semester, which allows students to continue to cultivate a unique body of work that reflects their explorations, discoveries, and development.
The three seniors decided on the title, Decoding Reality, because the goal of the exhibit is to bring consciousness to viewers by breaking down concepts and issues in a more contemplative atmosphere.
“We decided on the title based on the array of styles and themes found within our artwork when presented as a collective exhibition,” said Abrams. "While we all have very different subject matter, methodology, and styles in our solo series, we came to the realization that this notion of meditation and reflection of the natural world around us was consistent throughout all of our works.”
Their final works are distinct. Abrams said, “Having strong interests in art, communication, and the environment has inspired me to create an art series that focuses on exposing current environmental issues taking place that are all too frequently overlooked.”
Conley’s pieces were inspired by the portrait work of Lucian Freud and English artist Jenny Saville’s expressive use of oil paint. When describing her process, Conley said, “Echoing these figurative artists has allowed me to expand and experiment with my artistic technique and apply new methods to painting.”
Nottingham used animal printmaking as a means of encoding and discovering new translations. She has found a way to connect her recent prints to Morse code.
Funding for this event comes from the Studio Art Program and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
By Lauren Houck '15