Category: Student Exhibit

Historically referenced and original

By , February 10, 2012 7:29 pm

Drawn to the sculptural works that hang, glide and soak up the sun in the D lobby,  Stephen Gemberling, a local artist and sculptor stopped in for a closer look.  He had some critical observations to share about the student show “Sculpture–Syntax.”

“The pieces are thought out—there’s art historical references, but not copied from the pieces. You could say they saw the show of Picasso guitars, but it owns nothing to him other than it’s a guitar,” said Gemberling of Annelise Trezza’s guitar-like sculpure, “Natural Sounds,” made of found wood.

"Natural Sounds," by Annelise Trezza


Student work in the D-lobby exhibit

“The Dada piece—[the furry egg] it has a likeness to Meret Oppenheim’s cup and saucer covered in deer fur. This has fuzziness to it but it’s not that cup,” says Gemberling, himself a former gallery owner.

"Womb" by Olivia Taylor

“I could go on—It’s not a steel, but it’s inspired by it–Linda Benglis, (the American scuptor), she did a lot with wax-embedded things,” said Gemberling about Gabriella Giaconia’s piece “Lotus.”

"Lotus" by Gabriella Giaconia

“These are using the same materials but again, not stolen from art historical pieces. It’s using the materials they used but in their own way. I’m very impressed. In other schools they’ve been taught to make something that looks like an art exhibit, but the content isn’t always there.”

hanging sculpture by Eric Gottshall

“Like Braque (the fine artist) it has a brutish kind of elegance,” said Gemberling of the white plaster hanging by Eric Gottshall. “This is a delightful combination of stuff. Look at how this is strung. This is a worked out piece.” 

"24/7" by Marcel Bornstein and Harold Hernandez

“It’s so much further advanced than the stuff in the galleries around here. It’s better quality than what’s in the galleries. There isn’t anything here I’d be ashamed to show in a gallery,” said Gemberling taking one more look around before heading out.

Thank you, Stephen Gemberling, for sharing your thoughts and perceptions with us.

photos: Rachel Ellner

Urban Studio creates a splash at Art Basel

By , December 8, 2011 3:36 pm

“Art Basel is to the art world what Fashion Week is to the fashion world,” says Melissa Starke, advisor for the FIT Fine Arts club Urban Studio.  This year Urban Studio was selected to participate in Art Basel Miami Beach, a contemporary art exhibition held every December since 2002. Art Basel is referred to as the “Olympics of the art world.”

Urban Studio created and installed a 16-foot sculpture, partially submerged in a pool of water, for ArtNow/Red Dot Art Fair, an exhibition site at Art Basel.

"Stroke and Poke" installation by Urban Studio

The installation is ingeniously held by sand bags attached to the bottom of the sculpture and strung by cable at the top to adjacent roof tops.  Its concept comes from “Schopenhauer’s Porcupine,” a book by Deborah Anna Luepnitz, which explores the “push-pull of intimacy and its dilemmas,” says Starke. The porcupine, with its “protective spikes,”  is the metaphor for the contradictions of human intimacy.

"Stroke and Poke"installation being hoisted by Urban Studio members

Students Brittany Gray and Eric Gottshall, along with sculpture technician Pansum Cheng, lift the sculpture into the water.

“It’s an extraordinary experience for the students to have this ‘hands-on’ opportunity to work on an endeavor of such enormous prestige. It helps them see the connection between their studio practice and what actually happens in the art world,” says Starke.

Urban studio participant Eric Gottshall got the connection.  “It proved to be the moment where our education met the real world playing field,” said Gottshall. “I’ve never been part of a collective where the universal strive for creating something new and different was more of the essence. Because of it, this experience will always stand out in my life.”

photos provided by Melissa Starke

The Faces of OWS

By , December 1, 2011 3:33 pm

“I was unsure of what to expect when I went down to Wall street,” says fifth- semester photography student Beth Zink.  “People were making [Zuccotti] Park into their own space, which I found to be quite original, innovative and creative.”

Zink and other students photographed OWS protesters and occupiers of Zuccotti Park for Jessica Wynne’s Professional Approach to Photojournalism class.

photo by Beth Zink

Zink’s photo is among those that fill the gallery wall outside the Dean’s Office (D350).

photo provided by Beth Zink

Photo Book Exhibit in D-Lobby

By , June 29, 2011 6:52 pm

It just got easier to get published if you’re a member Curtis Willocks’ Photo Club or Introduction to Digital Photography course.  In fact, publishing an e- photo book is a class assignment, making this exhibit currently on view in the D lobby a rather professional collection of homework assignments.

Timothy Colose, author of “The Journey: Ten Days Around America”

“Most people take a thousand pictures in one photo shoot, put them on their computer and hardly look at them again,” says Timothy Colose, a member of the Photo Club and recent BFA photography grad.  “People put a value on a book. They’ll pour over it in a way they wouldn’t on a screen. You can feel the cover, the pages. The book even has a smell. That’s something you don’t get enough of in the modern world.”

Colose’s book “The Journey: Ten Days Around America,” is the culmination of photographs taken on a 10-day trip around the perimeter of the U.S.  It was a time when Beth, his girlfriend  “bonded with the cat,” jokes Colose.

“It’s a great project Prof. Willocks tells Colose about his work. “But I wouldn’t stop. I’d take a refined version and hit different countries.”

Brandon Brinkley, a summer school student in fashion & photography, peruses photo books in D lobby.

Adrian Saich making the rounds of photo books in the D Lobby

The book themes are diverse — portrait, self-portrait, nature, family documentation, self-expression. “Look at this book,” says Willocks pointing to one called “Learn How to Swim.”  “There’s another on Windgate Park in Flatbush.”  The student book author “went in and talked to gang members. It took time but she persuaded them to talk to her.”

Colose  says his e-book gives him a greater presence professionally. “This can go on a resume or cover letter. Having a book makes it part of the world.”

The D lobby at FIT is located on the ground floor of the D building at the corner of 27 St & 7th Avenue. The e-photo book exhibit remains on display through August 2011.

Invite to REPURPOSE Opening in the form of pizza delivery

By , May 25, 2011 4:11 pm

Dean Arbuckle accepted a surprise pizza delivery from Prof. C.J.Yeh of the Communication Design Dept. today. This was no ordinary pizza. No extra cheese, mushrooms or pepperoni. But the ingredients were purely artisan-made!

“Dear Joanne,” the delivery slip read. “Please come join us at the opening of this exciting exhibition! Thursday from 5-8 PM @ Red Bull Space.”
Inside the “custom made to your order” pizza box lay 40 collectible mini posters by the designers of the REPURPOSE Show. All are invited and welcome!

The opening for the REPURPOSE exhibit is May 26th at the Red Bull Space, located at: 15 Watts St, #4, hrs. 5-8 p.m. The show remains open from: 12-6 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Subway: A, C, E, 1 to Canal St.

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