Galleries of Contemporary Art


April 15–May 14, 2016

Su Cho, Alexandra Garcia, Yuliya Drakh, Jasmine Dillavou, Ian Alexandrowicz, JD Sell, Lesley Garlan, Tam Mauldin, Elissa Cummings, and Ginger Immenhauser


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X featuring the work of 10 Senior VAPA students. In addition to exhibiting the pinnacle of works created by the students over the course of their college experiences, the show provides a valuable professional experience for them. From start to finish the ten students worked together to exhibit and promote their work. They were responsible for everything from curation and design to installation, lighting, marketing and PR, opening reception, gallery staffing as well as the closing and de-installation of the work. This is the tenth annual Senior VAPA Majors art exhibition at GOCA 1420 on campus.

About the Exhibit | X showcases the work of ten Senior Visual Art (VAPA) Majors - Su Cho, Alexandra Garcia, Yuliya Drakh, Jasmine Dillavou, Ian Alexandrowicz, JD Sell, Lesley Garlan, Tam Mauldin, Elissa Cummings, and Ginger Immenhauser- and presents the best of their growing bodies of work as well as their joint efforts at operating a gallery exhibition from start to finish. The work by the seniors crosses several thematic boundaries and deals with place, memory, identity, the body, mind and spirituality.

Post Facto by Su Cho | Photo by Megan McKinzey Lunsford

About Su Cho | The work I produce delves into issues of ethnic liminality by means of quality of ambiguity or disorientation of identity. There are different interpretations of the self with social and cultural clashes between what is internally embraced and externally imposed, as it pertains to race and ethnic identity. Being considered a minority in this culture causes a level of uncertainty regarding my own identity and beauty. These pieces raise questions about common standpoints in how beauty is perceived that then ultimately results in internalized self-deprecation among minority races.

Eyes on Me by Alexandra Garcia | Photo by Caitlin Goebel

About Alexandra Garcia | I create a variety of works ranging from prints to performances, which investigate the theme of female identity through the veins of exploration of self-worth and empowerment as one specific woman in contemporary society. In particular, I am intrigued by how societal expectations and idealizations affect the individual's perceptions of the self. As a subset to that, I am also interested in how the societal idea of perfection is vague and inherently contradictory, subsequently making the pursuit of a societal ideal futile and the achievement of it an impossibility.

Nipple by Yuliya Drakh

About Yuliya Drakh | The aching energy of stress that resides within the body is the element that I create in my paintings. The visceral feelings that anxiously demand to be experienced is patiently expressed through each and every mark that I make. I become the vessel for release as the feeling takes image like a storm, drop by drop. Obsession fuels my hand to create gigantic paintings made of innumerable tiny strokes as I ache to release the distress of my body and mind. These feelings come in particular flavors in accordance to where they rest within the body, and each visceral location is understood in color and shape. The cathartic expression of them into canvas gives way to inner transformation and a close intimacy with fear.

Summer Grave Yards by Jasmine Dillavou

About Jasmine Dillavou | I have been working with collage and mixed media in order to evaluate my personal understanding of identity and the cultural restlessness that comes along with being of mixed heritage. My work uses strata of found image, hand dyed papers, dead animals, printmaking techniques and poetry to tell my narrative as well as those around me who have experienced these small traumas as well. I am interested in how our identities are formed through cultural influences, stereotypes and ingrained femininity.

Communication [Fontana] by Ian Alexandrowicz

About Ian Alexandrowicz | My work is meant to evoke the power that people are capable of and the essence of that place. My focus as an artist is on nature and how people coexist with the world they live in. My view of the world is captured through the lens of a camera that depicts different places that I have experienced. My photography is inspired by organic and linear shapes that exist simultaneously around me. My compulsive obsession for photographing everything around me offers me the chance to present another view of what is beautiful in this world.

Energy Field #3 by JD Sell

About JD Sell | I strive to understanding how physical space can store personal and emotional energies. Currently my work focuses on the architecture and energies of urban living spaces. I work in hybridized methods of photography, screen printing, and painterly abstractions. My intent is to create a visual space in which the photograph co-inhabits a visual plane with my memories. In doing so, I explore questions about the concept of a home, and the many ways this idea is expressed through physical structures. My goal is for these paintings to radiate the same energies as the homes they reference while also commenting on the importance of place.

Eyes by Lesley Garlan

About Lesley Garlan | My art deals with my personal experiences with anxiety and depression, particularly by exaggerating or abstracting especially strenuous instances I've had in my life. It is an interest of mine to investigate symptoms of these mental disorders and explore the raw feelings associated with them, then manifest these experiences in the form of often gruesome or surreal video art. Through these videos that exhibit my personal exploration of my emotions, I strive to raise awareness to my audiences that while mental disorders are not typically damaging to the body, they are extremely destructive to the mind.

In Praise of Sylvan Allies by Tam Mauldin

About Tam Mauldin | I create in order to discover the nature of my spiritual life. Raised without religion, I found myself sorely wanting for the elusive "something more" when I reached my late 20s: this is when I began creating in earnest. I found that when I made work I was able to delve into the realms of psyche-much like those in dreams-and open a dialog with my spirit. My art is informed by my experiences as a geophysicist technician in the military as well as my studies for my Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. I approach familiar natural forms-such as snakes, trees, swamps, and fish-their scientific nomenclature and specific biology in my mind as I work, layering color and texture over the static forms in order to create an image that vibrates with spiritual energy. I have come to see this invisible energy as inherent in all matter, and I feel it is my imperative to bring this energy to full and bodacious expression in my work.

Hiraeth 1 by Elissa Cummings

About Elissa Cummings | My watercolor pieces explore the nature and consequences of human memory. The natural decay of memory is particularly enticing to me, as the loss of memory also equates to the loss of the relationships with people who are no longer accessible otherwise, such as dead loved ones. Opposed to this factor of the human mind, there is also a strong desire to retain these memories, no matter how futile the attempt is. I balance the use of obscurity and clarity in order to invoke the sensation of a thin line which separates these two facets of memory, the inevitable decay and loss versus the strong desire to fight to retain all that is left of a dead person in this world. I accomplish this with the blurring and erasing of watercolor marks with water, causing the muddying of colors and obscuring the subject matter.

Big Girl Steps by Ginger Immenhauser

About Ginger Immenhauser | I enjoy creating artwork that inspires those who are struggling with alcoholism and substance abuse. By exposing issues that are often ignored my art opens the dialogue about difficult and personal emotions society has wrongly cast in a negative light. Addiction is affecting far too many people in our society and that needs to be addressed. I decided to convey my ideas on alcoholism through oil and acrylic paints that are both familiar and expressive by nature. My goal as an artist is to give a new perspective on addiction and recovery so that we can help each other understand this illness.