2nd Annual KSC ART Alumni Exhibition
April 26 – May 5, 2012
Reopens Alumni Weekend June 1 – June 3 Hours: 12 - 5 pm
The Art Department at Keene State College is pleased to present the 2nd Annual KSC Art Alumni Exhibition, in the Carroll House Galleries. First time curator Erin Slingsby selected seven KSC Art Alumni to participate, each working in a wide variety of media. Holly Bradford Tomlinson, Cat Harris, Jeannine Laginhas, Tyler Mann, Charity Thackston, Miles Warner and herself will have works on display in the Carroll House Galleries from April 26th – May 5th. The exhibition will re-open for Alumni Weekend, June 1st – 3rd.
Selecting work in a variety of media, Erin has combined artists working in sculpture, video, printmaking, painting and photo based media. Jeannine Laginhas’10, currently an Art Display Co-coordinator at Anthropologie in New Jersey is on-site installing a sculptural landscape composed of over six thousand paper coffee filters. Jeannine states, “by manipulating the texture, color, and shape, I reinterpret man-made materials to create organic forms.” Drawing from a similar process, the use of man-made materials, Erin Slingsby’10 curator of this exhibition has included her work in which she manipulates steel into fungus inspired forms, echoing the rhythms of nature. Holly Bradford Tomlinson’08, although using a different process asks similar questions about our relationship with nature. Her paintings “explore and contemplate disease in nature, focusing on unnatural afflictions and illnesses that are brought into nature by an invasive species, specifically those that are human-imposed.” Holly will be studying sculpture at the Maine College of Art and Design in the Fall of 2013.
Miles Warner’10 currently a sculpture graduate student at the University of Southern Illinois Carbondale, uses video to continue his critique of contemporary culture. His alter ego Chad Bentley has resurfaced in new infomercials titled Iron Technologies and Bird Feeder Technologies. Charity Thackston’11 currently a fifth year ceramics student at Louisiana State University along with collaborator Roberta Massuch use a pseudo-scientific approach to deciphering the alter-ego. Participants in their project were asked to answer a brief survey and based upon their responses received a handcrafted porcelain necklace, “the ceramic object became an intermediary step between the survey and the final photographs” taken by Kelly Tate. Charity will be a graduate student at the Tyler School of Art for Ceramics in Philadelphia this fall.
Cat Harris’10 and Tyler Mann’10 both use photo-based media to create video and print based works with a focus on current social issues. After graduating from KSC Cat Harris documented protests while teaching English last year in Chile. Her work fuses “Chile's leading export, copper, with images of student protests is an effort to elevate the importance of accessible education to that of the mining industry in the eyes of the economic elite.” Tyler Mann formerly a dual major in Graphic Design and Photography at KSC has created a flipbook sequence of images, displayed on LCD screens, which illustrate a correlating poem. Tyler’s work examines the human condition and our emotional connections stating, “in this photo sequence I am making an attempt at displaying this relationship and the obsession that overtakes us.”
Image: The Charisma, Artist, Charity Thackston, Photo: Kelly Tate