The I B Visual Arts Exhibition 2016 – Take Two

Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 7.45.07 AMCeci – It’s subtle at first but, when you walked into the exhibit area of Ceci, the illustration take hold of you and recreate a studio in front of your eyes.  Being able to envision the profiles coming to life is not so easy thanks to the variety of poses, attention to detail and yet relaxed feeling her works give off.  You have no brash colors to compete with the sense of peacefulness and pure concentration as you examine each individual piece.  In one work you sense influences from Andy Warhol, but in all her works, you see a complete unit of style that allows your mind to settle on the detailed attention she had given to each piece in moments of solace – or a studio-style moment of creation.  The studio in San Angel of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo stick out in your mind when you see this meaningful works.

Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 7.46.12 AMJose  – Entering Jose’s exhibit area, you are struck by the arrangement of pieces, as well as the waterfall effect of piece after piece influencing each other, as well as you the visitor.  The colors of blue, as well as the creation of pieces that take on glass-like (and water-like) impressions draw you into what Jose has to say.  From jewelry, to stand alone works, to Cubist-like recreations, a variety donned with the perfect shades are represented int his exhibit.  Certainly gender is addressed in these conversations, and yet, the simplicting of everyday objects, be it figurines, vessels that are jars, the abilty to recereate and redefine definitions and stereotypes of genders is approached.  The choice of colors truly is a lead to the amazing works Jose is able to represent in gallery fashion.

Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 7.48.22 AMEva – One of the most important aspects of an exhibit is memory, what sticks with you and what appeals to you as an individual long after the initial view.  One of the very best aspects of an exhibit, and these exhibits, was the artist providing an insight into their ideas and motivations.  Being able to take a handout at Eva’s exhibit wax crucial and one of the most important aspects for a nonartists like me.  I still look back and see how pieces withing her appealing exhibit hall related to my sense of meaning.  Truly, her abilty to recreate a space, Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 7.49.09 AMcomplete with a shelf, plants, and the themes of “a mind trapped within a body” – encapsulated in a long hall like exhibit – was excellent.  The space itself allowed you to go back several times to the pieces and how they complement the overall theme.


Paola- Personal, intricate, expressive, warm, details that draw you in – these are just some of the reasons you will see how magnificent Paola’s pieces were.  Whether native head dress, Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 8.01.11 AMelephant, Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 8.01.19 AMlion, or self, there are so many details to take in.  Each one draws you in with its beauty, and almost contains a voice to represent a specific culture, geographic area, or variety of mediums.  The variety of the mediums themselves lend to the creativity, time, and adventurous spirit that shows an intertwining of a personal nature, a beauty within the detail, and yet expressingScreen Shot 2016-04-09 at 8.01.03 AM a simplicity showing the ability art has to enhance.  Paola works with these pieces to create an effortless vehicle to bring out expression to the spectators.  The amount of time that was devoted to specific pieces seems to defy logic, and yet, here these works are truly demanding respect.

Nikki – One of the biggest aspects I have walked away from ths show has been what you thought you knew of students, you realize there is a whole new world of recognition of the student you realize, through their art.  Unfortunately, you see this at the nearing of their graduation, and yet, you are much better for it – to see these individuals in a different light Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 8.12.38 AMthan what you see day in and day out in hallways and study halls.  Such is the case with Nikki, seing her on the soccer field, through details of contributing to the literary art publication, and so you see in her exhibit.  Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 8.07.09 AMThe soft yet direct touch you see, be in in paint or photography comes through in each work.  Marion Bolognesi is in fact evident through her use of watercolors, and yet through the Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 8.12.17 AMuse of siblings as subjects, a personalized feel is present in each of Nikki’s work, nothing to hide and being free to express herself through the exhibited pieces seems to be very evident, and refreshing.

While this is a continuing reaction to some pieces, this by no means is the end as many more reactions are to come with many other awesome artists that have contributed much.


About Harry Brake

Employee of Woodbridge High School, Library Media Specialist, Media crazy! :)
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