Liminality by Camila Galofre
Camila Galofre’s show, Liminality, is currently up in Cossitt Hall and I recommend you all swing by and enjoy her many oil paintings. Spending hours driving past fields on numerous long road trips, Cami explained that she became taken by the way shifting light can transform scenery into something almost magical. Her work reminds one of mystic surrealism and even modern day impressionism as the colors and subject matter in her landscapes create a sense of wonder and enchantment. If Cami hadn’t mastered her medium she could have ventured in to the land of kitsch; fortunately, she was extremely successful with her idea. Check it out!
Refractions by Erin Gould
This week at the Whitney Electrical Building (behind Wooglin’s) is Erin Gould’s provoking thesis, Refractions. Her innovative show consists of a number of looping short films displayed around the space on anything from a phallic shaped latex form to a soap cast of her breast. The videos are painfully honest and moving. Erin said that her intentions were not to make a feminist statement, as they have been in the past, but to examine the association between the body and the self—something all genders can relate to. As a side note, I’d like to warn you not to eat the cookies resembling thin mints in the bowl at the entrance…
Surroundings by John Christie
John Christie explores his physical environment through black and white immediate observational sketches. He poetically describes his fascination with his surroundings: “This experience manifests in a visual scrutiny of my surroundings, in which I attempt to grasp the infinite and illusive detail that bombards my senses.” His works play with light: soft versus hard, direct versus reflected and natural versus artificial. Different pieces play with perspective and location, inviting the viewer to dream and attempt to recognize the setting. Christie’s diverse stroke and use of negative space dazzles the one’s eye and allows one to experience his perception of his surroundings. See John’s work in Packard Hall until Saturday, March 1.
Trimmings by Robin Gleason
Robin Gleason exhibits extreme focus and patience in her show Trimmings. This fall she indulged in drawing trees and silhouettes and her preference evolved into a full body of work. Instead of pencil on paper, she carves out her figures with an Exacto knife. Gleason diversifies the textures of her works using different printmaking techniques. In some pieces, one can pick out text that she was able to incorporate from an old encyclopedia. Her silhouettes cast intricate shadows onto the wall.
Her clever use of unseen color reflects onto the backdrop as well. All under the theme of trees, Gleason creates a multitude of designs, each individual. The longer one studies them, the more her works reveal their layers of idiosyncrasies. See Robin’s work in the Worner Center Arts & Crafts Hall until Saturday, March 1.
Compiled by Grace Gagahan and Erin O’Neill