This year, the Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition featured three shows. The theme of the first show, “Pixel Perfect,” was created by Shante Carlton. The theme incorporated “pixel people photos” of all the seniors, also created by Carlton.
The pixel people were posted in front of each student’s exhibit in the gallery.
“We all liked her idea the best,” said classmate Amy Levin.
Although they all shared one theme, their artwork was very diverse.
“We all have different styles and different mediums, but we all use the same programs,” said classmate Jessica Underhill.
Using their computer programs, the seniors were assigned to pick a consumer product and make a magazine and newspaper ad for it. Some of these advertisements, such as one by Underhill, included a Garnier Fructis ad showing a woman with extremely strong hair, pulling a tractor. Another included entertaining variations of Bacardi ads by Kaela Bryan, featuring the slogan, “Nothing wrong with classic.”
“I wanted to feature them larger than the others because I am so proud of them,” said Bryan.
Each senior’s exhibit was a piece that seemed to truly reflect who they were as an artist, and also something they were very proud of.
“A picture can capture a million things, so I crop and position the image just enough to make you try to truly understand what you are looking at,” said Maddison Folsé, whose exhibit also featured a couple cat product advertisements to go along with her professor’s requirements of the show.
The show gave seniors an opportunity to display everything they had worked on until this point in their art career. Rebecca Gelineau referred to her exhibit in the show as “a collection of my favorites that I have worked on throughout the years here at Framingham State.”
Not everyone was totally satisfied with all the pieces in the show. Rachael Bissonnette’s favorite piece in her show was a black and white photo of her grandfather.
“He thought the photograph made him look goofy, and he begged me not to print it!” said Bissonnette.
While some of the students chose to get up close and personal to the subjects of their pieces, other artists, like Zachary Aidonidis, decided to take a step back. Aidonidis’ exhibit featured beautiful aerial views of the Dominican Republic. While those images were breathtaking, Aidonidis said, “The Joker Comic Cover and OBEY Magazine Ad were most likely my favorite pieces. I felt that I had the most fun creating those.”
The senior show looked extraordinary, showing structure for the project, but leaving the seniors enough wiggle room to use their own creativity. Each piece followed the same theme and was made through similar computer programs, but all works portrayed their creators’ personalities and embodied their messages.
Lauren Piandes featured her very own book, “Pretty Odd,” in the show, and three corresponding portraits. Piandes summarized not only her work, but the entire show when she said, “The portraits are from three different series, but are married by the content.”
Each art piece seemed to stand out on its own when looked at individually. But standing back and taking the entire gallery in at once, everything flowed together with a pretty rhythm, as if they were strung together, or married.
The second exhibit in the senior show was called Apotheosis – a Latin word which means, “Reaching the highest point.”
“I create in order to enlighten others,” said senior Sara Capello, who came up with and researched Apotheosis.
This exhibit featured semi-translucent paper called vellum, shaped like mountains, covering the windows of the Mazmanian Gallery.
“I wanted to create a certain mystique,” said artist Sam Roguska. “People should be enticed to enter, not have a perfectly clear view through the windows.”
The seniors cut the vellum into mountain shapes so that it would tie in the postcard imagery they also had in the show.
Every senior in Graphic Design and Illustration Portfolio is required to interview people in their field during the semester. Interviewing people already in the field helps the students get real opinions and constructive advice about their work.
“I took the advice, which was that I should create a piece that could be displayed in many forms and sizes,” said Stephanie Carroll. She incorporated postcard imagery in her work by making her pieces all revolve around a common theme. Her graphic designs included Ireland travel posters, post cards, postage stamps and a brochure.
Other seniors chose not to use landscapes and go in a completely different direction. Gabrielle Lydon, for example, chose to take the forms of letters, and arrange them to create illustrations “out of type.”
The artists described how they wanted their work to make the viewer look at things with a new perspective they hadn’t thought of before.
“The goal of my work is to create a composition that keeps the eye moving, and a piece that fits together perfectly in the eye of the viewer,” said Rachael Giovanucci.
The exhibit was everything the seniors hoped it would be. Their work flowed together and all connected, coming together with the show’s center piece – a sculpture of an exclamation point by Roguska. It showed off how much the senior class had accomplished in their years here at Framingham State.
Capello said, “I think it is amazing to see how much they have evolved and changed over the course of this semester, and I think everyone did a fantastic job!”
The final portion of the senior art show only had three artists’ work – much smaller than the previous two. But the seniors still filled the entire gallery with pieces that were all larger in size than the rest of the exhibitions.
Keith Faherty’s pieces featured five, large oil on canvas paintings. His paintings were zoomed in and cropped, only revealing parts of the figures.
In his artist statement, Faherty said, “Leaving things unsaid refuses to inject a reverence or overstated understanding of both the painting and the painted.”
Marissa Jordan described her body of work as “a gift to the memory childhood.” Specifically focused on her own memories, Jordan’s pieces focused on her family’s beach house in Rhode Island which was damaged when Hurricane Sandy hit in October 2012.
Jordan said, “These paintings are a way to show memory and loss, but also showing the possibility of renewal.”
Sarah Libby chose to go in a very different direction with her paintings, using every day occurrences to inspire her art. Her pieces featured six acrylic on canvas paintings, which were also very large in scale.
In her artist statement, Libby said, “This moment, such as a salt stain on the pavement, is always unique – similar to the inherent uniqueness of a painting.”
Ariana Gath also used everyday objects in her pieces, but portrayed them in a very unique way. Her portion of the exhibition featured four large-scale photographs combined with abstract paintings. Gath painted abstractly on canvas and used it to cover street signs, that she then photographed.
In Gath’s artist statement, she said, “Inserting a painting … into the environment connects abstraction to landscape and to performance, while the act of photography transforms the painting from object to subject.”
Associate Art Professor Timothy McDonald said, “I’m proud of what they have accomplished and the hours of hard work they put in.”