ARTWORKS Museum hosts YSU student exhibit
Perhaps the most unusual work is a green toilet that lights up red and says 'God Bless' when flushed.
By L. CROW
The 69th annual juried exhibition of artworks by students at YSU's art department is on display at the McDonough Art Museum.
Franz Spohn, professor of printmaking at Edenboro University of Pennsylvania, selected more than 70 works by 43 students for the show, which runs through April 22.
"The works are a nice representation of what is going on in the art department," says Shannon Hanley, Student Art Association president. "It covers all genres from sculpture and painting to digital art, graphic design, drawing and photography. The works represent a wide range of styles."
"Awards will also be given, a total cash value of about $1,000, given either as checks or gift certificates." Hanley says. "The donations come from faculty, area businesses and outside donors."
Artist Jaison Lee has created a set of 10 digital prints on inkjet paper, based on the elementals. Six are displayed in the exhibit, photos of his sister taken over 1 1/2 years, superimposed with other images. Each is in the color relating to its element. "Fire" was created in bold red, the photo with computer generated material. "Water," in shades of blue, has a flowing, liquid appearance, with features of the photo in reflection surrounding the face. Green is the color of "Wood" a photo of Lee's sister superimposed with the photo of a rubber tree.
A large acrylic on canvas called "Candy Bar and Coffee" is a painting by Jimmy Cliff. This complex and colorful work represents the artist's life in symbols along a winding path, numbered in sequence by the ages he has passed, and ages yet to come.
An untitled work by Jason Vaugh represents Intaglio Etching, a technique using copper plates, acid, and soft ground to create a textured look print. Boris Chesakov, who was born in Russia, has entered a sculpture called "Old News," composed of a tree trunk and "rakuware," a means of firing clay in which a large drum is filled with wood and paper, topped by the clay pieces, then set to fire.
Perhaps the most unusual work is an entry by Nick Donchess and Dominic Lippillo, called Duchamp-O-Matic, a green toilet that lights up red and says "God Bless" when flushed. It is in Dada style, a term coined after WWI, associated with the works of Marcel Duchamp. Dada art is often referred to as meaningless or absurd.
XArt museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. It is open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. (330) 941-1400. The exhibition is free and open to the public.