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Annual Student Exhibition: With Guest Juror David Horvitz

It is time again for the annual student show here at SNC, and this year our guest juror is David Horvitz. David is a Brooklyn-based water color painter, photographer, and performance artist. He is known for his DIY instructional projects, including some work on the Wikipedia website.

Along with the student work displayed in the gallery, David has been working on his own project to collaborate with those works.  A piece from each artist had been taken around the Lake Tahoe area and photographed somewhere. The coordinates of the location in which the photo was taken had been noted and are plotted on a map of the lake. You can view this on the Flickr page where they have been geo-tagged here.

When walking into the gallery one would easily notice that it’s not in any sort of a “typical” set-up. There are images hanging from the ceiling, ceramic pieces on the floor, and even a photograph displayed outside the gallery itself. The reason for this being that the work was placed in a similar way to the location in which the work was taken to be photographed. Almost as if the map of Tahoe were super-imposed onto the gallery floor.

During the talk David was asked how he went about jurying the show and if his choices of letting some pieces in affected other pieces that got in. David was also asked about his own work and how social media can play into it. A lot of his projects happen online and this is also how he does his advertising and spreads the word about his work.

To view some of the projects he shared with us click here: Pinocchio video, Bas Jan Ader film241543903.

To see David’s website click here and Wikipedia page click here.

Make sure to stop by and see the work in, and around, the gallery! Work will be up through graduation.

Glen Cheriton BFA

Glen’s show, Aggregate: of all our joys and sufferings, displays many different photographic processes that work out his interests in both space and time. A flickering 16 mm movie reel, star-like pin holes of light coming from the window and wrapping around the body, negative strips of warped sequences, and a very large image of stars in their orbit were all a part of the gallery space. The title of his show comes from a quote by Carl Sagan, about an image of earth from taken by the Voyager space probe when it reached Saturn, in which Earth is just a mere blue pixel.

“If you look at [the picture], you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.”

Glen spoke about how he believes time to not be a linear and how photography does not just capture a moment in time – every photograph is of a duration of time. He showed how it can encompass a whole event. One idea that came up during his talk is how art and science can mix with one another. One of the reasons Glen enjoys photography is that it uses an instrument – the camera – which has been used for both artistic and scientific ends.

Art is often used to display scientific processes, or to simply illustrate an organism. Film and photography have been integrated into many scientific explorations to obtain footage for research, and to share with the public. Since we began exploring the moon – some sort of photographic process went along with us. Photography helps to connect us to the world we live in- but Glen wants to see it even farther, connecting us to our entire universe.

Instagram photos of the week!

Here are some of our favorite images that have popped up on our Instagram this week.

Here is Jessica setting up and giving her talk for her BFA show this past Thursday

Glen was also captured getting ready for his BFA show, to be held in the Tahoe Gallery, this Thursday.

And lastly, we have Keith as a horse- one of his New Genres projects.

If you’re looking for more pictures of what’s going on in the art department, follow “sncfa” on Instagram.

Student Artist Profile: Kasey Hartsock

Concentration: Photography

Graduation Year: 2012
Hometown: LA
Q: Why do you choose to mainly work in black and white?
A: I think it’s more real. It seems honest and pure. I can’t hide behind colors to distract myself and my audience from what I’m really thinking about.

Q: You have a large background in modeling. When did you realize and decide you wanted to switch from being in front of the camera to behind?
A:When I realized I couldn’t push myself as the model to create the intense images that I wanted. As a fashion model, you don’t get much say in the final piece, but as the photographer I can inspire, shoot, create, and push the limits. Ultimately, deciding my hopeful future role as an art director.

Q: You mentioned you now want to be an art director instead of a photographer. Why?
A: I think I’d have more control that way, which is exactly what I love. I’ve had so much experience now as the model, stylist, photographer, and it all adds up to being a director for me. Creating a vision that a team can commit to, put together, and produce.

Q: Where would you like to see your work end up?

A: I would love to be the executive art director of a magazine or publishing company, like Conde Nast. I could even see myself behind a brand name, creating the campaigns, and choosing the layouts for each new season or issue.
Q: Who are you influenced by?
A: Other artists, fashion designers, models, directors, writers, and photographers. I follow blogs from these creative people almost religiously and buy magazines constantly. I aspire to create the emotions inflicted by my favorite works of theirs.
Q: Share a funny story about your art.
A: My parents used to tell me that I couldn’t draw; I specifically remember them calling me the scribbler, and teasing that I didn’t color inside the lines. Therefore, I was in band for seven years, as a saxophone player, and didn’t take an art class until my last year or two in high school.
…Who would have known it would be my major a few years later?
Q: As you recall, what is your first piece of artwork you created?
A: This weird little drawing I found in my parent’s desk a few years ago. Why they kept it, I have no idea. It’s supposed to be my interpretation of Picasso’s work- and turned out as this funny little green, triangle man.

Q: Why do you mainly photograph people?
A: Because I don’t understand them. Because they are: beautiful, dangerous, mysterious, and haunting- to me. I enjoy using the body as a vessel to show my frustration about humans, emotion, and beauty. There is something I don’t fully understand about all of these things, but I feel a very strong connection to them.
Q: What aspects of the program or school engage you the most?

A: Lots of one on one time with my professors, due to the small class sizes. I love how it feels just like a family. After attending a larger university before coming to SNC, this feels like the perfect fit. Even teachers from other departments support, critique, and provide helpful words of wisdom, which doesn’t seem to happen at other larger schools.
Q: Leave us with a quote or words of advice.
A: Don’t listen to the wrong people.
To view Kasey’s website click here
Interview by: Christy Rasmussen

Light On Your Feet: Closing

(An en”light”ening dance choreographed by the chair of the fine arts department, Sheri Leigh O’Connor)

This past Thursday night the closing for the Light On Your Feet exhibition was held in the gallery. The space was full of lots of people, movement, break dancing, t-shirt selling, rapping, and many other activities one wouldn’t expect to find in such a place.

(Shadow drawings by Jessica Hayworth)

While attending the opening Kasey and I had the opportunity to interview some students who had participated in creating artwork in the space, or who had collaborated with other students. Jessica Hayworth, who is currently working on her own BFA show, commented on how interesting it was to work in the gallery prior to her own installation. She said how “freeing” this experience was and enjoyed exploring other mediums. She’s collaborated before, but never needed the involvement of participants to create the work – for instance, she traced the shadows of other students on the walls.
After spending time in the gallery we migrated into the lecture hall to hear Autumn Beck, the curator of the show, speak and recap on the happenings of the past month.
She described how exploration, synergy, and play in the gallery was vital to the success and concept behind the show.
She set the stage for interactive works, inviting others to join, and left the rest up to the students, visitors, and faculty here to participate while she was gone.
We worked well as a collaborative group, tapped into our friend base and faced challenges and created new ideas about how to activate the gallery space.

Light On Your Feet

Playing dress up, singing karaoke, getting a tattoo: it is all possible in the gallery. From January 18th- February 9th Sierra Nevada College is hosting an exhibition entitled Light On Your Feet: A Study in Play, Participation, and Collaboration. The show is a month long exploration of improvisation, performance, movement, and synergy in which everyone is invited to come in and use the space. Curated by Autumn Beck, the show includes artwork and inspiration from: Jahan Khajavipour, SCTV, Eve Fowler, Book Club, Jason Gomez, Justin Vivian Bond, Christine Finley, Dawn Kasper and Jason Akira Somma.

For part of the exhibition Autumn brought in Austin Young and Chloë Flores to give a talk in the gallery on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 31st.

Austin, a fine art photographer and film maker based out of LA, spoke about a show of his entitled Your Face Here that was held at LA’s Pop tART Gallery. People were able to purchase a space on the gallery wall in which a photograph of them would be placed. Austin was present at the gallery during their hours of operation for portrait sittings and at the reception there were make-up artists and hairdressers styling people for the photograph Austin would be taking. For a look at Austin’s work and the Your Face Here show click HERE

As for Chloë, she is an art curator and is currently doing a project in which a Facebook page has been created as an art space and curatorial project where artists are invited to take a residency on her page and to be her, impersonate her, and update her social networking life. Ironically enough, Austin is currently the resident to the page. As stated on Chloe’s Facebook,

“Chloë Flores effectively explores how an existing public platform embedded with it’s own system for individual representation and identity can be used as an art space and for cultural production. Chloë Flores has not been conceived as a place for the display, presentation and exhibition of artworks per se, but rather as an alternative public space for cultural production, critical gestures, artistic practice, discourse, and exchange; and by extension of being situated within the structure of Facebook, Chloë Flores provides a place for the exploration of collective authorship in place-making, the notions surrounding identity as it relates to social networking, and the performative gestures engendered in self-representation.”

For a look at the page yourself click HERE

The closing will be held on Thursday, February 9th at 5:00pm on the 3rd floor of the Prim Library in the Tahoe Gallery. We hope to see you there!

For the Light On Your Feet Facebook event page click HERE

To check-out photos and happenings and become a member of the Light On Your Feet Facebook group click HERE