“Understanding Time: DMA research animation projects in Survey of Animation and Visual Effects,” will be in the Llewellyn Gallery through December 7th. The class, taught by Jason Bernagozzi, was assigned to make an animation in the style of one of the animators they studied during the semester. They were to use only traditional materials and methods.
Each year, students in the Computer Animation 1 class create their own “Personal Geography.” The assignment asks students to create a map that will serve as a self portrait of themselves. They utilize digital scanners, PhotoShop software, and digital printers to create prints for the exhibition.
The number of First Year DMA students has been rising substantially, forcing some difficult curatorial decisions about what to include in the exhibition. This year the exhibition was curated by senior DMA student and Gallery Intern, Michael Pezzulo.
Many of the prints will go from the gallery to be framed and hung in the common areas of the dorms on campus, where students can witness the diversity of the student population they are a part of.
The exhibition runs through November 22nd.
Charcoal drawings of the first year DMA students are in the gallery October 24 -Nov 4.
Jenny Hyde’s solo exhibition “A Few Little Problems” will be in the Llewellyn Gallery through October 20th.
Jenny Hyde is a digital artist and Assistant Professor of Art at Eastern Washington University in Washington State. She received her MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University in 2006. Her work has been part of media festivals and exhibitions nationally and abroad such as the New York Electronic Arts Festival in NYC and the upcoming XTC – Xiaozhou Transport Company itinerant experimental performance project in London (November 2011). She was a recent recipient of a Grant for Artist Projects (GAP) award from Artist Trust. She currently lives and works in Olympia, Washington.
My work makes use of the relationship between body and environment. The body is a form of measurement, space and time are shown through specific movement, and physical dimensions provide structure for performative acts. Elements of performance are combined with formal and metaphorical concerns to create works of art, sometimes with a vestigial painterly aspect.
Re-occurring themes in my work range from examinations of the mark-making process itself to responses to the struggles of day-to-day life and the emotional and physical present tense. The body is what carries out these ideas and explorations – in some works the body is the subject whereas in others evidence of the body provides the image. I mainly work with time-based media and explore many digital formats. The tools I use to create my work are as important as the body for providing structural and conceptual parameters.
There is a silliness, sweetness and sadness in much of the work I make, which is a direct response to (for the most part) the silly and unremarkable experience of living one’s life. There is a wonder too, of recognizing the universality of the mundane. All my work speaks about the parallels of experience and celebrates the imperfections of living and the impossibility of finding all the right answers. My goal is to provide a sense of poetics to these hum-drum aspects of living. -Jenny Hyde
Volume 4 of 17 Days opens in the Llewellyn Gallery on Monday August 22nd, coinsiding with the first day of classes at Alfred State. The gallery has hosted 17 Days for the past 3 years, always one of the most popular events in the Gallery.The concept is that a new video artist’s work is shown in the gallery each day for 17 days. The series is curated by Adriane Little, Associate Professor at the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University. More information on the series can be found on the web site: http://17days.wordpress.com/
17 Days Vol. 4 runs from August 22 to September 13th.
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
Connie Pennisi, who has been pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Electronic Integrated Art at Alfred University, presented the result of her scholarship in an exhibition titled Becoming in the Llewellyn Gallery April 16-29.
Through the visual mutation of video images, Pennisi explores the changing nature of language. She presents language as flowing water, shifting in shape and meaning through time. Approaching new technologies from a formalist background, and its foundation of visual language, allows her to combine and create new languages in time-based media and traditional materials. The reciprocity of language becomes an artistic practice and process by which she explores her relation to the world.
Pennisi holds a BFA and an MSEd from Alfred University. After graduating with her BFA, Pennisi studied under Miss Katherine Nelson for approximately five years. Her work has been in numerous local shows in the Southern Tier and is in private collections in the states and abroad. Pennisi has taught in the Digital Media and Animation Program at Alfred State College for eleven years.
March 22 – April 8
Artist Lecture April 8th @ 4:00
Born in Toronto Ontario, Jen Pepper is an installation artist who now lives in Central New York. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in 20 solo exhibitions to date and has participated in over 50 group exhibitions since 1990. Her work has been seen in international and national venues including Ireland, Japan, Canada, New York City and other gallery and museums throughout the USA. In 2008 her work was included in The Astraea Visual Art fellows’ panel, The Sackler Center for Feminist Art Brooklyn Museum of Art, NYC. In 2010 a solo exhibition of her work, That which can not be held, was exhibited at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY.
Sculptor Glenn Zweygardt spoke about his life and work during a gallery talk in the Llewellyn Gallery last week. The current exhibition, Zweygardt Over Time, explores the various stages of his work as they have developed over time. I was pleased to curate this exhibition to showcase some of Zweygardt’s smaller works. It was an added treat to be able to view the exhibition with students as they engaged in conversation with the artist.
Best known for his large outdoor sculptures, Zweygardt has recently been working at a more modest scale. One piece in the exhibition combines the well known images of the Venus of Willendorf with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. While another piece works to arrest the movement of spanish moss and animate negative space. Zweygardt was just as pleased to speak about farm machinery as he is about art history and the influence each of these subjects has had on his work. It should not surprise you then to hear that we talked of such vast subjects as gender and family to bioterrorism and OJ Simpson.
Zweygardt may be retired from his official position as a Professor of Sculpture, but he has not stopped teaching. He spent hours in the gallery talking to students, even looking at student work and giving advice on casting techniques. It was an afternoon full of the type of great conversation and creative energy that inspires artists of all ages.
If you haven’t seen the exhibition yet, there’s still time. Zweygardt Over Time runs through March 25th.
The Llewellyn Art Gallery on the Alfred State College campus will be presenting the work of sculptor Glenn Zweygardt from January 17th through February 25th. Zweygardt creates complex media sculptures using diverse materials, such as cast bronze, glass, iron, marble, stainless steel, stone and granite,The Llewellyn Gallery is located in the Engineering Technologies Building, room 312, on the Alfred State College campus in Alfred, NY. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10:00am – 4:00 pm. Zweygardt will present an artist lecture at 1:30 on Friday, February, 4th. A reception with the artist will immediately follow.
The works of Glenn Zweygardt are simultaneously ancient and contemporary. Zweygardt possesses an uncanny ability to fuse dissimilar elements and concepts, natural occurring and fabricated forms, into structures that command the attention if the observer. This interaction of artist, nature and technology has a unifying affect on the observer’s imagery and psyche. Duplication and relationship is a recurring theme found throughout Zweygardt’s work. A carefully chosen stone, cast and duplicated in bronze, aluminum or steel becomes the basis of definite architectural themes that manifest in a range of sizes.
Zweygardt’s mastery of the building process along with his ability to create enormous works of art from materials of tremendous mass has gained him international recognition and membership to the Berman Group, a cooperative of sculptors whose collective work spans virtually the entire spectrum of possibilities of “traditional” modernist sculpture.
Kansas born, Zweygardt earned the BFA degree from Wichita State in 1967. He received the MFA from the Maryland Institute of Art in 1969 and is an emeritus Professor of Sculpture at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Zweygardt works independently in his immense workshop in Alfred Station, New York. Here his work continues to evolve-varied shapes and rich surfaces, transparent and dense forms, concept and technical relationships, personal and collective perceptions-into fine art of eminent legacy.
More information on Glenn Zweygardt can be found on his website at http://www.glennzweygardt.com
Students, ASC faculty, staff, and community members gathered to hear artist Carol Flaitz speak. Her talk, titled “Combining art and science; walking the tightrope,” revealed the history of the seemingly disparate disciplines to a full gallery.
Flaitz’s current work is a series of ceramic paintings based on images obtained through electron microscopy. This work is accompanied by work from a number of international artists whose work is part of theNanoArt21, competition. The mission of Nanoart21 is to raise the public awareness of nanotechnology and its impact.
During the reception, Digital Media and Animation students had the opportunity to meet Flaitz and speak to her about her work.