Senior BFA exhibit to close out semester in Weber gallery

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By Joe Shearer, Photo Editor

Crisp design, towering symbolism and haunting imagery occupy the gallery space at the Weber Fine Arts building in the final exhibition of the fall 2011 semester. The exhibition is a showcase of the thesis projects of six Bachelor of Fine Arts students.

The work of Katie Condon, Liz Hunt, Jeremy Ripley, Aron Schlosser, Dan Bossemeyer and Stephanie Purcell – all seniors expecting to graduate in December – will remain on display until 1 p.m. on Dec. 16, the last day of finals week. This group of artists has put together a truly unique collection of pieces and projects, using a variety of media from the traditional to the technologically advanced.

Inspired by candid images of people and places, from a personal collection and otherwise, Jeremy Ripley has a number of different abstract oil on canvas compositions that capture different experiences or moments.

Aron Schlosser has a collection of large, acrylic on canvas pieces that are reminiscent of haunting Hellscapes in an old church’s stained glass windows. The canvas spaces are sprawling with tortured, forlorn faces that look even more iconic and symbolic with the nice use of reds in Schlosser’s series.

In the gallery’s round room is Stephanie Purcell’s project, which consists of three sheets of paper suspended in air in the middle of the room. The sheets are colored and textured with wood stain and fiberglass. Purcell’s thesis statement stated that these untitled pieces convey the shapes of shadows.

Stacked to the ceiling, looming over its occupied space with a slight lean, is Dan Bossemeyer’s “She gave herself to the World. The World assumed she was theirs to take.” Hollowed out computer monitors are lined up and stacked in an even fashion. Piled high, the wall of empty screens leans and curves out over anyone observing this installation up close. Bossemeyer explained in his thesis statement that this installation represents the range of emotions he feels about the future, which is represented by technology.

Liz Hunt tells a few horrific tales using gorgeously designed screen prints. Using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, Hunt put together five different prints in a series titled “Why did you not come to save me?” Each print displays a different chilling tale, with topics such as abduction and sex trafficking. The tales are told with intricate, bold and abstract design.

Last is Katie Condon’s project that isn’t meant to be observed by being hung or set up in a gallery. Condon’s project was the design of a mobile phone app, or application, which is titled “My Hometown.” The app has a map where consumers can add their favorite destinations, complete with photos and reviews. Others can add their comments and photos as well. Screen shots are projected on one of the gallery walls and a display of small prints explains the app and the project.

The diversity and quality of these works is a refreshing sight. To experience it firsthand, students and the public are invited to come out to visit and view the exhibition at the Weber building at UNO. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and can be opened or reserved for special events. Contact Denise Brady at (402) 554-2796 or dbrady@unomaha.edu for more information and appointment scheduling.

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