It’s a week for photography here at ASU, so I thought it would be appropiate for me to advertise for the exciting photography shows that are going to be up on campus this week. The first is another BFA show at Gallery 100, called “Exposure,” the second is a student curated show called “Two-Fold” at Step Gallery and the third is a top secret surprise show at North Light Gallery.
“Exposure” is a BFA show at Gallery 100 that features the work of 8 students here at ASU. I am especially excited about this show because three of my friends are in this exhibition. I met Sarah Waite, first semester Freshmen year, in my very first photography class at ASU. Since then, we have taken a class or more together every single semester. Throughout the past four years, we have really watched each other grow as artists and her work is so refreshingly clever. (One day I will post pictures of her last photography project using candy in real-life scenarios) However, the work she has up at Gallery 100, is pretty much awesome. She has been photographing regular things, but transforming them into these beautiful and mystifying scenes that replicate outer space. There are a couple things I really love about these images, they are just so dark and colorful. These landscapes don’t present a space that is isolated and full of inter-galatic space crafts,but rather a colorful and mystical, naturalistic outer space. The kind of breathtaking unknown, that you wouldn’t be terrified to find yourself in. I also love that she is creating these imagined images of another world, from traces of our world. She transforms a coffee cup into a heated planet and an oil spill into a purply milky way.
She is not only creating intriguing photographs but is re-defining our perspective of the ordinary objects we see every day.
Kelly Griffin also has taken a couple of photography classes with me and I can confidently say I have never come across anyone else who uses color and light so perfectly. The work she has up this week is all about night life, and I really do love all the colors and moments she captures. The series is one-part highs and lows of college-life insanity and one-part eery and unsettling. It’s some kind of unattainable dance, photographs you can stare at forever and come up with a handful of different scenarios.
And that’s what I like about her work, she is so good at giving just enough information to let the meaning become unimportant enough to let the visual elements of the photograph overpower your sight.
Teresa Velencia is the third person I know in the BFA show, and she has been creating gigantic collages of the process of getting a tattoo. She basically has been spending all of her time at Club Tattoo, photographing people and the space as they get inked. The mere size of these images are intriguing and she does a great job at capturing the atmosphere and the moment.
“Two-Fold”, is a student curated show at Step Gallery featuring photographic alternative process work by Megan Chain, our photo club president, and Ester Lee. I have had classes with both of these girls, and although I haven’t seen the work for this particular show, I know by their reputation alone, that this is going to be a very impressive exhibition.
And the third photography event this week, is actually super top-secret. But I highly doubt this teacher will be googling his name between now and tomorrow, so I am going to let you guys in on the surprise.. but shhh. Jim Hajicek has been teaching at ASU for many, many years. He specializes in non-silver photography and has been super valuable to the photography program. He is retiring this year and has donated many prints and books to the Northlight Gallery collection. As a way to honor his accomplishments, Liz, my teacher and director of Northlight Gallery, has managed to collect a wide variety of his work over the past 50 years, including his graduate thesis work. Over this past weekend my class worked super hard to hang this work in the gallery. Tomorrow night, is the reception and I can not wait to see his face when he sees this retrospective honoring him, in the same building that he has spent working for so many years.
All three of these exhibitions will be having receptions Tuesday, 4/20, from 6-8 pm. They are all located on campus and if your in the area please come out and support!