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Montserrat College of Art presents ‘Kairos’, a senior thesis exhibition featuring Maegan Shilkey, Bryant Skopek, Jameel Radcliffe, Victoria Lopez, Gabrielle Burgess, and Jessica Criscuolo. The show incorporates a wide range of media including Sculptures, Paintings, Collages, Drawings, Graphic Design, each artist has a body of abstract work influenced by the natural or industrial. The works will be on display in the Montserrat 301 Gallery from Nov. 27- Dec. 1st this fall of 2017.
Maegan Shilkey’s work is an exploration of the physical and emotional through fiber art. Each piece talks about the ideas of self destruction, melancholy for the past, and other emotional struggles experienced by the artist. The art itself is an exploration through fabric, thread, ceramics, and monograming techniques meant to destroy, cover or allow for an obliteration of the text placed on top of the work, which produces text heavy, fiber based objects.
Bryant Skopek is a visual artist that works in sculpture and installation art. With an interest in phenomenology, Skopek creates pieces that have unique experience for the audience. For this reason he is drawn to certain materials such as glass and monophyletic line which he explores its physical quality to create atmospheric pieces. His ‘Broken’ series that will be shown at ‘Kairos’ expands from his interest in phenomenology and explores the concept of finding strength in weakness.
Jameel Radcliffe‘s work focuses highly on the relationship between color and the space in which it is placed. They are mostly inspired by landscapes, the paintings have a feeling of depth, which is captured through texture and a wide range of colors and tones; Radcliffe’s interested in keeping a calm yet intriguing composition, giving the pieces a minimal but satisfying aesthetic that invites the viewer into the space. The works were made with the intent to give the viewer a similar feeling as if they were viewing a landscape, while also keeping a simple composition to keep the viewer engaged.
Victoria Lopez’s work focuses on the contrast between the formal use of organic uncontrolled patterning and geometric patterning or shape and the relationship between both forms of patterning as well as the negative and positive space between the layers creating depth, dimension and movement. Lopez is drawn to the idea of imperfection and perfection, and what this idea truly explores.
Gabrielle Burgess’s work “A hand in nature” is visual narrative of memories with a strong presence of the progression of time. Told threw individual flowers, which were hand picked separately and dried, or pressed from frequently visited areas.
Jessica Criscuolo’s work consists of a series of drawings that push the view of what is seen in natural environments. Breaking these elements down into organic forms, and using the process of fine line work to show movement and growth through these shapes that are seen in nature.