Galleries of Contemporary Art
UCCS Senior Visual Arts Majors Exhibition: Et Al.

UCCS Senior Visual Arts Majors Exhibition: Et Al.

April 17–May 16, 2015

Laurie Bosserman, Max Broxson, Sara Grace Cofield, Clayton Delaney Jr., Alison Harano, Matthew Lemon, Jeremy Ludwig, Alexa Mashour, Ashley Murphy, Michaela O'Neil, Margie Rick, Benjamin Smith, Naomi Verdugo, Stormie Vialpando, Sarah Wicker, & Taylor "Sorin" Wieland


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Laurie Bosserman / Bath, ME
My art is mainly focused on abstract geometry. It displays how basic shapes and sacred geometry are a construct of our entire universe, building blocks for everyone's lives. While my work plays into ideas of space and time, it is also reminiscent of the fact that there is no originality in our world. Everyone can be deconstructed down into these miniscule forms, these atoms, such tiny and simple shapes can represent a nearly infinite amount of ideas and objects. Everything is connected, and that is something I am focusing on in my work. While the media and shapes of my work transform, it will always remain the same.

*Galaxy.* Metal. 3'x4'. 2014.

Max Broxson / Pensacola, FL
With this work, I intend to explore a fairly specific view of nature that is not often considered in everyday life. For as long as I can remember, I have been infatuated with insects (and arachnids alike) and the myriad microcosms they inhabit. This passion has led me to probe deeper into their world by attempting to capture the beauty and complexities contained within such micro-landscapes. I feel that insects are an integral part of life, yet their meager size and sometimes hard-featured appearance can be enough to diminish their significance in the eyes of most people. I am attempting to bring these creatures in to the light by presenting them as larger than life individuals, challenging the viewer to see the world from their perspective, and hopefully exposing the somewhat neglected beauty and elegance they so tenaciously exhibit.

*Ant.* B&W Film Print. 8"x10". 2014.

Sara Grace Cofield / Okinawa, Japan
Through the interactive use of photographic material and sculptural forms, I craft distinctive spatial experiences within an illusionary space. With this exploration I force the viewer to move dynamically through the installation. The objectives of my work are to generate a relationship between the viewer and the works through dialog, scale, and physical place. Through these means I engage each spectator in an internal negotiation.

*Stolen Voices.* Plywood, Pine, Latex paint. Dimensions Vary. 2014.

Clayton Delaney Jr. / Bremerton, WA
We so often forget who we are, what we are capable of, and the consequences of our actions that we so feverishly try to deny. Utilizing form and substance, the body is constantly present in my works. Through the use of minimalistic objects I look to highlight and explore the functions of these entities, in correlation to the body, without the over complication that iconography can cause. I explore the ideas of "person" and "presence" in a physical, implied, and/or memorial way. I push the viewer to become aware of their body's presence and my own, simultaneously.

*Aurum.* Embroidery thread. 5'x5'. 2014.

Alison Harano / Fairfax, VA
Growing up is big part of a person's development. As humans it is natural for us to let go of items and ideas from when we were young, relegating them into the past. My art is addressing this early time of our life where playing and learning shaped who we were. Playing pushes kinesthetic learning and allows the human mind to explore through touch. Many of my pieces are hands on and encourage viewers to handle and interact with them, connecting to these memories. I further capture the feeling of nostalgia by using as a material, a bright and exciting icon from many peoples' childhoods, Crayola crayons.

*Beyond Use.* Wood. 4"x 6". 2014

Matthew Lemon / Woodland Hills, CA
There are two routes of photography which inspire and motivate me as a photographer. The first is portrait photography and the other is landscape photography, through both formats I evoke deep emotions within eye-catching compositions. All of my photographs are inspired by my view of the world and how I can capture a single moment of time in a single frame. Pattern, symmetry, texture, depth of field and lines are the elements of taking a photograph. I attempt to find these formal elements in all my adventures when I am flâneuring for my own pleasure.

*Adrian.* Film. 6.58"x5.42". 2013

Jeremy Ludwig / Fort Leonard Wood, MO
My art is about past experiences and people who I care about or who interest me. All my life I felt the need to express myself through visual means, always embracing the human form. I capture the true identity of a person, representing a certain experience that I've had with and through them, reflecting myself within my subjects.

*Grandma.* Charcoal and Graphite. 18"x24". 2014.

Alexa Mashour / Detroit, MI
Initially, I begin each piece with a very basic idea of what I hope to create. There is a correlation between my idea and something current happening, either directly or indirectly, in my life. My primary and preferred material is charcoal, and my pieces are very large in scale. Charcoal allows me to be more expressive, because it is so malleable. By using this material on a monumental scale, it naturally gives the piece impact, as well as allowing me to express myself on a far deeper level.

My method of execution is unique. I completely blacken my paper and erase out the images. I use my hands to move the material from one area into another. Therefore, the entire experience is very tactile, personal and intimate. Once I begin the process of erasing, I completely immerse myself in the experience and allow the material to flow naturally. It is only in retrospect that I truly am able to make connections and meaning. My goal is to create a subjective piece. It is my hope that the viewer will make his or her own meaning and interpretations.

*Dreams.* Charcoal. 74x78". 2015.

Ashley Murphy / Buffalo, NY
Your heart races, you begin to sweat profusely and a sense of dread slowly envelops you. How did it come to this? Oh now you remember, you needed new clothes. Purchasing clothes for a majority of women can be a painful experience. Why? Because society has set this idealized image of digitally altered women as the standard of beauty and this can be seen in magazines and ads. Those images deliver a glorified message that thin is beautiful. Natural women who do not meet this idealized image, this "status quo" feel depressed and frustrated with their bodies. As these women attempt to meet this impossible standard, they remain blind to their own natural beauty. Going into the dressing room makes them confront that reality, they will never look like those women in magazines and ads. With this series, I am photographing women and their everyday trials with clothing. I want the viewer to question the status quo and come to terms with their own self-image.

*Size: Ridiculous.* Digital Photograph. 10.27"x6.667". 2013.

Michaela O'Neil / Daegu, South Korea
My artwork explores like identity, nostalgia, and dreams. I create illustrated portraits about societal perceptions of beauty in women and handmade art books with illustrations featuring a female centric story talking about childhood and growing up. These issues are expressed through my interest in storytelling and narration, manifested in the form of zines and art books. For my final project of my undergraduate career I have created a comic book illustrated in a naïve and dreamy quality to represent the childlike state I live and wish to stay in. The book develops all these themes in a way that is meant to uplift and encourage women, focusing on justice for marginalized women and female empowerment.

*Queen Seon Deok.* Graphite on paper. 18x24. 2013.

Margie Rick / Alamosa, CO
My work is varied and includes conventional materials as well as found objects. I believe that as an artist that it is important to reuse objects in a way that the finished piece is not recognized as recycled when first viewed. I believe that when the viewer gets closer they can recognize that the media used is in fact recycled materials in an assemblage form. Whenever possible I seek to reuse, recycle and repurpose.

*Arbor.* Steel Rebar, Steel Rod, Copper Pipe, Angle Iron. 96"x55". 2014.

Benjamin Smith / Hamar, Norway
My work is based on life experiences, perspective of society, struggle with traditional values, and hope for an enlightened future. This body of work explores the deceptive nature of religion, its control over society, and how it deeply has affected my adolescence and adulthood. Dichotomy of Religion heals the wounds of the past by questioning the things that spiritual authorities dictated were undeniable fact. After giving up these truths, I discovered my transformed spiritual identity. Exhibiting the hypocrisy of religion in the current state of social and political affairs in our global society, these sculptures will influence the audience to question the world we live in and promote progressive change.

*Remnants of Faith.* Found objects. 32x12x16". 2014.

Naomi Verdugo / Colorado Springs, CO
The concept of identity is very complex. Identity is claimed to define a person, often warped into an oppression that leads to many prejudices and stereotypes within its own community. Not willing to altruistically understand an individual leads to phenotypic understanding, which in turn, results in ignorance. Not attempting to comprehend emotion and presuming inaccurate judgments based off personal biases misconstrues truth within the context of these artworks. Identify is an exploration into many unique communities deemed as abnormal by many members of society. The original intention began by first asking particular questions to understand these communities and expose any misunderstandings. The biggest misconception in these communities was not acknowledging an individual within a community as an entity. The abstracted portraitures obscure the outer layer of each entity to push viewers to understand a new lens. Trinity is a much deeper exploration of personal spirituality. Trinity intends to contradict the original stereotypes of Christianity by eliminating visual representation of older religious works using abstraction. The ambiguity of abstraction intends to motivate people to understand through empathy.

*Flesh of Eden.* Acrylic on Stretched Canvas. 12"x19". 2014.

Stormie Vialpando / Colorado Springs, CO
I have been exploring the addictive relationships that children have with video games. Video games have become a form of parenting in culture today. They have become the babysitter, the caregiver, the nurturer, and the entertainer. I question the behavioral relationship that grows from children being introduced to gaming at a young age. I am exploring these relationships and their effects through a specific style and process that enhances the dirty, visceral, gross aspects of addiction as well as the debauchery that addiction craves.

*Obsession.* Acrylic on canvas. 30"x 24". 2013.

Sarah Wicker / Aurora, CO
Throughout the course of my artistic practice I decided to focus on what it means to be a human being and the trappings we face with identity and illness. In the modern age there is an ever-present dread in people that seems to compel them not only fit in amongst others but also take control of their bodies in order to have some control over the self. Illness takes this away from people. There is a looming fear that comes about from being sick and wondering if your body will even allow you to get up the next day. It takes this desire to own the body to an entirely new level. There is a sense of alienation that comes from this longing that is an ongoing theme within my work.

*Steady.* Digital Photo. 11"x 14". 2014.

Taylor "Sorin" Wieland / Colorado Springs, CO
The sliver of time we live in has always been an inspirational place. We're able to see the world in a single instance that continues on like images in a film. Yet, we are unable to see what lies ahead of us, we can only recall what has happened and preserve it to memory, as images or the written word. I have discovered that these moments in the past, present, and future are what inspire me, and it is those instants that I have always been interested in capturing and recreating. Art isn't something we should just observe and contemplate, it is what we take in and explore. Base Camp provides an exciting, dreamy, and nostalgic reality for the viewer to venture into, where they can enjoy the vast stretches of the human imagination.

Day In The Rain. Digital Painting. 18"x 12". 2013.