Splintered: 2013 Annual Student Exhibition
April 8- April 30
The Samek Art Gallery, 3rd Fl. Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University
By definition, to splinter is to split into fragments, parts, or factions. The purpose of the 2013 Annual Student Exhibition is twofold: first to splinter fixed ideals of what a student exhibition should be and how it should look, and second to highlight this year’s students as individualized artists breaking away from the Bucknell community in May.
Thematically Splintered also refers the personal and diverse perspectives of each artist, which are fragmented across the various works in the exhibition. For example Seth Berry, Laney Hayssen, Molly Higgins, and Jessie Horning comment conceptually on natural processes- i.e. the oxidation of metal, life and death, and tree regeneration. In contrast Nicole Festa, Stephanie Knaus, and Michelle Steinberg explore the juxtaposition of popular culture and tradition, thereby combining texts from social media websites, magazine images, and nudity with gold leafing, black and white photography, and oil painting. Lastly Chelsea Fischer, Ethan Van Buskirk, and Jose Saavedra explore the bounds of mixed media by incorporating wallpaper, household paints, and shower curtains into their compositions.
Splintered is the culmination of yearlong collaboration between the artists, the Samek Art Gallery, and the Art and Art History Department at Bucknell University. The caliber of artistry within the exhibition splinters typical stereotypes associated with the production and display of student art.
– Alex-Rae Campbell
Graduate Assistant, Curatorial Studies