Seven senior art students from Minot State University will host their Capstone exhibition titled ‘AMALGAM’ to mark the culmination of their studies. The exhibition will be open to the public and online viewing at the Northwest Arts Center on Friday at 6.30pm and will be on display until 10 June.
Capstone is a cutting-edge experience for artistic majors, allowing them to apply what they learned during their time in Minot State. At Capstone, seniors create an exhibition, portfolio, paper or project that represents an original and innovative work that demonstrates their abilities as professional artists and designers. The show will feature a fusion of student art in their areas of emphasis.
Alex Jimenez Exhibition, “Abstraction”, explores the abstraction of human photography of portraits and figures to create his own images inspired by science fiction. Jimenez offers larger prints of his photo abstraction.
“I’ve always been fascinated by creating characters. Through digital manipulation, I discovered that I could blur and redesign portrait photographs of various people I photographed and thus transform them into beings of my own imagination. ” said Jimenez.
Agata Mrozik has created 30 × 40 inch acrylic paintings that include modeling paste to show the human figure through different perspectives in her exhibition, “Your body is a land of wonders.” Her focus in creating this opus was to change the perception of ideal bodies and help viewers accept their own insecurities.
A monochromatic series of oil paintings in human form is shown “Identity.” Alex Orozac’s work is an exploration of human form and dramatic lighting as he experiments with materials new to the artist.
“Painting has always been my favorite medium and I wanted to venture out of the usual acrylics and work with oil paints. The series was inspired by attending several drawing courses, which I really enjoyed, ” said Orozco.
Hannah Nantt Exhibition, “Sudoku has done more for my mental health than my previous two psychiatrists,” is a series of ceramic works focusing on aphorisms about Nantes’ apathy.
Regarding her process, she states, “I wanted to focus on the specific aesthetics for my work instead of a particular idea and I finally found it through practice. I love ceramics, especially on wheels, so the outside of the pot has always been less important to me than just making the pot. ”
“I DO NOT KNOW EITHER,” Jay Gaarea, research is proportion and color. Gaare’s ceramic wall hangings, paper sculptures and pearl curtains are used to give the view a sense of childlike wonder, with a twist.
“This work came from a small ceramic drawer with a sub-glaze painted with the words‘ It’s okay, I DON’T KNOW either ’. “I DON’T KNOW EITHER, stems from the fact that I allowed myself to forget the theme or purpose of art and simply make it,” said Gaare.
Chesne Griffin Exhibition, “Oneirology”, is a series of cyanotypes created using digitally manipulated photographs. Oneirology is the study of dreams, and Griffin explores deep in his own dreams and discovers their meanings.
“I like the mix of science and art, sometimes science is more art than science – a lot of people don’t understand that,” said Griffin.
Exhibition by Jocelyn Bexell, “Overgrown,” explores the relationship between nature, technology and humanity through a digitally painted short story.
“I love comics and graphic novels since I was a child,” Bexell explained. “Illustrations have great power for storytelling; Being able to express it is what drives me to create. ”
After the public reception, a gallery talk with the artists will be held at 7 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Masks are not needed, but people who are not fully vaccinated or considered vulnerable are encouraged to wear masks.
While at the Northwest Arts Center, the exhibit will be available for viewing Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This exhibition was partially funded by a donation from the North Dakota Arts Council, which receives funding from state legislation and the National Endowment for the Arts.