Student Exhibition 2015 opens in the Bell Gallery

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The annual Brown Student Exhibition, now in its 35th year, opened Saturday at the David Winton Bell Gallery in List Art Building, featuring works from 44 Brown students, both VISA and non-VISA concentrators.

The juried exhibition, organized by Zachary Korol-Gold ’15 and Andrew Alexander ’15, held an open call for submissions earlier this month for student creative work in any medium. The 2015 exhibit was juried by Judith Tolnick Champa, an independent curator and critic, and Jerry Mischak, a senior painting critic at RISD. Pieces selected for the exhibit present the range of media and subject matter Brown students are exploring within the realm of the creative arts, including painting, drawing, book arts, sculpture, video, web, and performance.

Rory Macfarlane’s Cumulus welcomes visitors into the gallery. Inflated translucent trash bags form a looming, yet graceful cloud-like spheroid in the front corner of the exhibit. The piece is easily displaced by the movement of people through the gallery, gently rotating as one walks by it.

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TRaNsMOGRifiCATiON underway at Granoff

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If you have walked past or wandered through Granoff this week, you may have heard some strange noises and buzzing coming from the Cohen Gallery during the day, or have seen people tinkering inside late at night through the gallery’s large front windows. This is the TRaNsMOGRifiER, running in Granoff until Tuesday, March 3rd. Information on the project’s website and on the monitor outside the gallery are terse, with a few simple instructions:

LEAVE THINGS ON EMPTY PEDESTALS OR IN THE BOXES AT INTAKE.

PICK UP YOUR THINGS THE NEXT DAY BEFORE 12 AND 6P.

PLEASE NOTE: TRANSMOGRIFICATION IS IRREVERSIBLE!

I was granted special access to witness a transmogrification session this past week, and was able to talk with one of the TRaNsMOGRifiER’s installers, P—-, about the project’s concept and the transmogrification process. P—- describes the TRaNsMOGRifiER as a “system for altering things in surprising ways, with sonic, light, and visual components.” People bring in objects during the day and leave them in the Intake boxes. When the gallery closes at sundown, transmogrification goes into work. By the next morning, objects are back on the pedestals in their transmogrified form. P—- describes the cardboard box, a repeated motif in the space, as a “space for creative reconsideration” – objects are left at Intake and revealed the next day, but what goes on in between is not entirely certain.

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Check out “Of[f] Course”: the 7th Annual Brown|RISD Dual Degree Show

10929111_10152653030439537_228845248285525654_oThe Annual Brown/RISD Dual Degree Exhibition, now in its 7th year, opened Thursday night in the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, showcasing works from students in all five years of the cross-institutional program. At the opening reception, members of the Brown, RISD, and local community wandered through the galleries and stairwells of Granoff, enjoying artwork, refreshments, and activities including temporary tattoos and a sign craft station.

This year’s exhibition is titled Of[f] Course, dealing with themes of “expectations, routine, and deviation.” Pieces in this show approach these ideas from different angles, some dealing with associations of physical traveling, through maps, landscapes, and urban motifs.

New Haven, Three Views, by Jeremy Wolin, pictured below, explores this theme by carving into three medical textbooks, almost as raised relief topographic maps. In these views of New Haven, Wolin sculpts into the books an estuary of sorts, a grid-like city plan holding coins, knick-knacks, and found objects, and a sprawling city center.

"New Haven, Three Views," Jeremy Wolin '19 (Interior Architecture & Public Policy)

“New Haven, Three Views,” Jeremy Wolin ’19 (Interior Architecture & Public Policy)

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