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UIS Visual Arts Gallery to present “Reactions”

April 14, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – “Reactions” an exhibit of works by six graduating seniors in the Visual Arts program at the University of Illinois at Springfield, will be on display at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery from April 27 through May 13.  An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, in the gallery. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Students whose work is represented in this exhibit are Leah Anderson, Amanda Bennett, Evan Lamb, Kyle Otte, Charlotte Smith, and Lesia Stone and the media and styles they employ range from century-old ceramic and print processes to innovative digital video. 

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The common element tying this varied display together is human reaction – how we react emotionally to shape and color; to images of other people by assuming a narrative; and to texture, perspective, and form in a photograph.  Other themes include how we react to moving pictures and visual effects, how we respond to commercial objects with personal memories, and how an artist reacts to different mediums of artistic expression.

Smith’s digital prints explore the way color influences emotion and the way shapes evoke reactions through honesty, movement, rigidity, and completeness. Lamb’s drawings and intaglio prints study the way humans read into representations of the human figure and imagine complex narratives from simple images.

Stone’s 35mm and digital black-and-white photographs isolate and investigate appealing texture, form, and perspective through darkroom manipulation and digital enhancement.  Otte’s digital video demonstrates use of the camera as a creative tool and the human fascination with illusion.

Anderson’s altered mass-market toys and intaglio prints illustrate how the imagination of a child can change mass-produced commercial goods into personalized artifacts. Bennett’s ceramic objects probe the meeting of function and form, using aesthetic principals to create each piece and inviting the viewer to interpret its particular function.

The Visual Arts Gallery is located in room 201 of the Health and Sciences Building on the UIS campus. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, contact Lara Stremsterfer by phone at 206-6506 or by e-mail at visarts-ga@uis.edu.

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