Cole York’s “Pool Time” is a 6- by 6-inch silver gelatin print included in “Senior Art Majors: Transparency and Impressions” at the University Art Gallery. His black-and-white photography explores relationships between people of different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds as they move through their first and second impressions of one another.Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
The University Art Gallery at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., will close the 2013-14 exhibition season with "Senior Art Majors: Transparency and Impressions," on view from Friday, April 11, through Saturday, May 10.
The exhibition explores the quality of transparency and what it means to make or receive an impression, says gallery director Shelley MacLaren. Many of the senior art majors use transparent materials such as plastic, glass or light projections in their work. Some depict transparent forms such as ghostly figures, unfurling smoke or still water.
"Transparency for these artists also refers to honesty, whether about one's past experiences, personal meditations or background," she says. "While something transparent might seem easily accessible, lending itself to a quick first impression, sometimes a closer look is necessary and a second impression vital."
Students with work represented are John Adams, Jesse Bruen, Tess Erlenborn, Emmy Faison, Curtis Johnson, Andrew Lyman, Caroline Minchew, Courtney Moseley, Caleb Schaubroeck, Channing Title-Fiske and Cole York.
The artists will offer introductory remarks at a reception in the gallery at 4:30 p.m. on opening day, Friday. They will give formal talks about their work between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in Convocation Hall. On the exhibition's closing day, May 10, the gallery will hold a baccalaureate reception for the senior art majors from 1 to 3 p.m. (all times are Central).
University Art Gallery is on Georgia Avenue. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Call 931-598-1223 for more information.