From Harford Community College:
Academic Disco: Work by Former Harford Community College Students will be on display in the Chesapeake Gallery located in the Student Center on the College campus through April 1. The exhibit is curated by Heidi Neff, assistant professor of art and design at Harford Community College. For Chesapeake Gallery hours, visit www.harford.edu/gallery
Artists exhibiting their work include former HCC students Maria Annegarn, Cris Cimatu, Heather Donohue, Donna Hepner, Karen Kohles, Kurt Tesnau, Sarah Syzmanski, and Gretchen Walsh. Information that was included in their artist statements follows.
According to Maria Annegarn, “My inspiration is derived from women with strong personalities and great self-esteem, as well as a seemingly never-ending parade of interesting shapes, patterns and texture, found in nature. This series about home is based on childhood memories of my friends as well as my own.”
Cris Cimatu, who attended Harford Community College and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), earned a BFA in Illustration. In addition to being an artist, Cris also works as a web designer and video jockey. His says his artwork currently explores various subjects ranging from history and memories, videocassettes, and collage.
A 2010 MICA summa cum laude graduate, Heather Donohue works as a studio assistant in New York City. “My work is an exploration in which I aim to captivate the countless facets of identity that are hidden from the other, shared with the other, and simultaneously being changed by the other. Communication is my primary focus as I explore relationships and destruction of relationships through the use of words and withholding of words,” states Heather.
Donna Hepner is an associate professor, Visual Arts, at Anne Arundel Community College.
According to HCC studio assistant Karen Kohles, “My work evolved from an interest in the origins of photography. I use primitive equipment and basic chemistry to produce paper negatives or positives. With exposure time lasting at least one hour and in some cases a full day, I am not trying to arrest time but record time as layers of information, even when that information is not apparent to the eye.”
A program assistant within HCC’s Visual Arts Department for 10 years, Kurt Tesnau writes, “I would like to make things that please me and I would enjoy being left alone to do the things that please me.”
Sarah Syzmanski started making photographs at HCC in 2004 and is now majoring in photography at MICA. “The moment I shoot an image, my curiosity and feelings of my current environment is captured so I can further investigate the wonders around me from that moment. Freezing these moments, these places, these things, gives me great control in this world. I can share with others what I think is ironic or disgusting, and what I think is wonderful, striking, active and enchanting.”
HCC Studio Assistant Gretchen Walsh writes, “My work represents an exploration of the Japanese approach toward turning even the most common and utilitarian objects into works of art. The common objects I start with are the bowl, plate and lidded container. I try to transform them into something more than ordinary by bring together the ancient Japanese firing technique of Raku and traditional Japanese imagery generally reserved for embellishing the kimono with embroidery, the lunch box (bento) with colored lacquers and human skin with insertion of ink (ire zumi). The ceramic vessel is used in place of the cloth, wood and skin.”
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