Art majors of Westmont exhibit solo work
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Solo Shows for senior artists Alexis Ireland and Bri Stanley are being currently held in the Adams’s Center between March 2-13. These deep and self-exploratory gallery exhibitions evoke a sense of life’s strangeness and beauty.
Adams Center Artlab 01 features Ireland’s gallery exhibition: “Isolated but Connected”. This work is a collection of photographs, drawings and objects strung up between wooden frames, conveying the oddity and irony in life. The objects are both completely isolated and intertwined, illustrating how certain aspects of life are fragmented and yet connected.
Ireland’s favorite of the entwined collections consists of papers strung up, seemingly defying gravity. When further inspected, these papers are actually controversial or overused passages from the Bible. The exhibit conveys the danger of taking passages of scripture out of their historical and literary context.
Another one of Ireland’s favorite consists of an elephant hopelessly chasing down some peanuts. The elephant is a symbol of wisdom, and it is foolishly hanging and chasing after the forever-unattainable peanuts. This demonstrates a humorous side of the meaninglessness and irrationality of life.
Although Ireland does not plan to become a fine artist, she enjoys the way art gives room for passion through expression. She aims to do work in the future that still gives meaning to life through beauty. Ireland loves the way these works allow her to convey deep and significant things in her life, and are also relatable to others.
“I love taking things I love, or conversations I’ve had with people, and turning it into a work of art,” Ireland explained.
She cautions against artists completely avoiding mediums that seem unenjoyable or uncomfortable. Indeed, it is what was a previously uncomfortable medium that Ireland now uses to delight viewers with her displays.
Also on display in Adams Center is the work of Bri Stanley. Stanley creates pen drawings on wood panels, accented with oil paint. They explore the gifts of personality and identity. Stanley’s exhibition focuses on nature’s landscapes and the role of place in relation to one’s identity. She uses clothes, the human form and landscapes to expound on this relationship.
“Each piece exhibits a shift in identity through the recollection of a physical, and spiritual manifestation,” Stanley said.
Stanley has three big drawings of friends that capture how their experiences abroad have shaped their identity. However, Stanley’s favorite and most meaningful work is the collection of her smaller drawings, depicting places and experiences, both near and far.
The majority of these smaller works feature landscapes from New Zealand, where she studied abroad. The beauty and grandeur of these places have inspired her as a person and as an artist.
Stanley has explored and has fallen in love with various mediums. She feels, however, that drawing is at the heart of these mediums. For this exhibition, she felt called to go back to what she calls “the root of all artwork,” and create detailed sketches of people with accents of oil on particular articles of clothes.
Stanley prefers 2D works, but has loved exploring sculpting. Using wood for 3D projects has been a fun venture and has become close to a staple for her work. In addition to wood panels, Stanley took a 3D approach in building an 8-foot wooden panel for one of her senior art paintings.
These two exhibitions are in the Adams’ Center and will be on display until Friday March 13. These two artists’ senior art projects along with the 12 other senior artists in the Senior Art Show will be displayed April 14-May 9 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art.