To See the Unseen
Works by Sasha Adorno, one of USF’s Masters of Fine Arts 3rd year Graduate students.
The work focuses on the relationship between microscopic and macroscopic views and how Adorno has implemented them in conveying narratives of death, creation and the spaces beyond them; the space that is unseen.
Much of the material that is used in biomorphic in nature or chosen because of the possibility to make it so. Translucency and fragility are also important in conveying the aesthetic of impermanence. This is achieved with materials such as wax, soap, monofilament, string, plastic, transparent papers.
Adorno anticipates that viewers will see the beauty and mystery of things less observed and minuscule in the microscopic systems that interconnect all living organisms.
It is always interesting to interact with other individuals apart from those within your own field of practice. The artist is interested in hearing the scope of understanding and recognition within the community and possibly beyond.
There are many areas of craft that Sasha Adorno has a great interests in. Being able to pursue projects that encourage interdisciplinary
interactions and dialogue is very interesting to her (i.e. performance, theatre, sciences); finding new avenues in which to convey and share my ideas of connectivity and universality both big and small.
.DessART, Centre Gallery’s opening reception for this exhibit, will be held on September 21st from 12 – 1 p.m. and the closing reception will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. on Friday, October 2nd. The Centre Gallery is located on the second floor of the Marshall Student Center in room 2700, at 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Fla. It is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Held Together is a solo exhibition featuring the work of Jennifer Miller at the Centre Gallery. The artist is currently a third year Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of South Florida Studio Arts Program.
Jennifer Miller has been both nationally and internationally recognized for her exploration of ceramics and mixed media sculpture. Her work includes abstract sculpture that explores materiality and aesthetics. Her combination of traditional and nontraditional ceramic techniques with mixed media allows her to deconstruct the materials creating a tension between concept and process.
Students and other members of the community have the opportunity to experience objects that questions the viewer’s perception of material. Tactics are employed to obscure the identity of the objects and materials that are included in the accumulative abstract compositions. Form, surface and color create a dialogue about the formal elements of sculpture and relationships to contemporary materials. The physical structures are tenuously held together until they are solidified in resin, capturing the fragility and vulnerability of the form. The viewer’s expectations of line and pattern are subverted by the imperfections of their application. The use of clay creates a connection to craft, to a superiority of and connection to the hand that contradicts the commercial and manufactured qualities of the materials. This subversion of uniformity and precision is a conversation that goes beyond the context of clay and speaks to the roles of commodities and objects.
The closing reception will be held from 7 -9 p.m. on Friday, Sept 4th. The Centre Gallery is located on the second floor of the Marshall Student Center in room 2700, at 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Fla. It is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information or to request accommodations for disability, please contact the Centre Gallery at 813-974-5464.
Tampa, Fla. – From June 29th to July 9th, the Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida will host It’s About Time by Estefania Velez and Courtney Alexander. Visitors to the gallery will encounter a raw sensory experience to navigate the artist’s world through mixed-media sculptures and paintings.
Albert Einstein once said, “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” In the following works, Courtney Alexander and Estefania Velez explore time from different perspectives. Estefania Velez is interested in theories of time and existence while Courtney Alexander explores linear time by researching the history of black female representation in art history.
Estefania Velez’s paintings are an exploration of time and loss and how multiple time frames and narratives can happen simultaneously in a painting or piece of art. Estefania executes this by overlapping the figure through the space of the painting, and by depicting the figure in movement with mixed line work and jarring color relations. Courtney Alexander attempts to dig into issues of duality, hyper sexuality, and self-awareness through historical representations. By comparison, it is a more personal dialogue which serves to create vulnerability and explore the complex nature of her existence. Both techniques can be seen as conversation on very similar issues that form two varying perspectives.
Alexander is currently a senior student at USF majoring in studio art. Anticipating her graduation in the Fall of 2015, she plans to pursue a Masters in Fine Arts degree and use art as a platform to create raw and candid dialogue in the arena of body politics. In Its About Time Courtney Alexander uses large mixed media collages of the figure, as well as free standing sculptures. Estefania Velez graduated with her BFA degree from USF Spring 2015. She was accepted into Graduate school in NYC at Brooklyn College, and leaves to start her MFA Fall 2015. Velez plans on continuing the exploration of multiple time narratives including existence after death, by researching more physics journals and pushing mixed media techniques and color theories. In Its About Time Velez uses large paintings on canvas depicting multiple figures and fluorescent oil paint.
DessART, Centre Gallery’s opening reception for this exhibit, will be held on June 29th from 12 – 1 p.m. and the closing reception will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 9th. The Centre Gallery is located on the second floor of the Marshall Student Center in room 2700, at 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Fla. It is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
For more information or to request accommodations for disability, please contact the Centre Gallery at 813-974-5464.