Inside CSI’s Newest Student Art Gallery

By Kinza Khan

In a 5 week course, students had examined and discussed contemporary and 20th century painters whose use of a particular non-traditional material (aside from paint) or specific painting technique informed and propelled the development of the artwork.

Students were asked to consider these artists as a starting point for their own exploration of different approaches in painting materials, technique and surfaces.

They began by experimenting the use of fluid acrylic paints to create stains and dyeing effects on a raw, canvas ground.

Gradually, they built on this initial technique in a different kind of approach, to image making, employing masking and collaging to create subsequent layers that reacted to the initial painted gesture.

Through the use of these stains, fluid paints, masking techniques and collaging, students developed an understanding of the way expanded materials  can create constructive parameters but also yield surprising outcomes.

Many of these works incorporate materials such as lace, cardboard, inks, fabric and paper.

This form of art would also be considered mixed media.

Mixed media tends to refer to a work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media—for example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink and collage could properly be called a mixed media work, but not a work of multimedia art.

The works don’t seem to have a cohesive theme, however, they all seem to be under the abstract category.

Abstract art refers to uses a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.

Several of the works portrayed in the student art gallery, located in 1P-118B, showed a variety of emotions.

I’m not the artist of any of these pieces, so I can merely make assumptions as to what the artists were trying to portray but in my perspective, the bold colors meant bolder emotions.

In the pieces there were bold colors, bright yellow hues combined with a blue background and streaks of purple, which I believe meant that the artist is trying to convey an intense feeling.

The dark purples with teal hues could be defined as angst, especially when you take the shapes of these abstract designs into consideration.

Some pieces combined various textures.

This can be shown in the painting with the vibrant orange spot and pointy edges of cardboard combined with the rough texture of recycled cardboard.

This shows great detail in combining different elements of textures and colors to create something unique.

All of the works have something equally unique and detailed about them.

The use of different textures and colors really capture the true art of mixed media.

The gallery not only focused on different mixed media artworks but charcoal drawings and real life paintings as well.

Both mediums have a vast exploration that artists can look into.

The drawings in the art gallery seem to be of various people of various races as a whole; it is a wonderful exhibition. You can really see the effort each individual artist put into their work.

Realism art attempts to represent subject matter truthfully, without artificiality and avoiding artistic conventions, implausible, exotic and supernatural elements.

All of the realism paintings featured in the gallery depicted still life settings which were created in the painting studio located in 1P.

Another notable piece of art was a vase with purple and white flowers where the blending and colors were depicted beautifully and the hues matched the calming tone of the entire piece.

This entire selection did differ from the tone of the mixed media are especially since both are vastly different.

When using abstract ideas to convey a message, like mixed media, bold ideas show exactly what the painting portrays.

The exhibit is in The Performing Arts Center in 118 B and its open until November 16.

It’s a great exhibition that any art lover any art student would enjoy.

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