By Colt Dodd
Amid light conversation, Exposure, a thesis student art exhibition, opened in the Iserman Gallery last Thursday and will run until Dec. 11. Featuring the work of eight artists, exhibits of all different mediums ranging from oil paintings to animation were put in the spotlight to be appreciated by both the New College and Sarasota community. The show was named Exposure because the artists are not yet finished with their theses, but was meant to be a preview of more to come.
Thesis student Francis “Frankie” Alibro remarked that the show was “very interesting” and as a music AOC, believes that it is important to support the arts.
“There was a lot of different media here. I came [to the show] because I have a friend who is here and she did some awesome rock art with bugs on it,” Alibro said. “It’s important to support the arts because it’s the only thing distracting us from the inevitability of death.”
Jennifer “Jenny” Ng, a thesis student featured in the show, emphasized the amount of time that goes into putting on an art exhibition. One of her pieces included a quilt piece called “The Birth of St. Catherine of Bologna.”
“[St. Catherine] is the patron saint of artists,” Ng explained. “A lot of work goes into this. I need to sleep.”
The Catalyst was able to speak with Jeanine Tatlock, who is using her thesis as a commentary on white privilege. Tatlock explained that her project is a commentary on inverted racial profiling with some elements of feminism. She explained that she spray painted a black wrought iron fence in a public area with black paint and pressed the gate against various sizes of white canvas.
“Cops have passed me on this campus and have not said anything and my question is: is it because I’m a white woman?” Tatlock said. “If I were a black male or any minority for that matter, would it be different? Basically the black spray on the black fence creates this inverted image, so what it is painting it comes out as a negative space fence, a black fence on a white background. And so this is supposed to represented my goal of inverting this segregation racial profile that is prevalent in our society. It also speaks to feminism because the design of wrought iron fences is very curvy reminiscent of rococo design where women were largely in charge and just the cured lines is symbolic of feminism as opposed to straight phallic design elements.”
The show was funded through the Student Allocations Committee for the amount of $210 to cover the cost of food.