‘CONTACT S14’ photography exhibit opens

April 21st, 2014 Comments Off on ‘CONTACT S14’ photography exhibit opens

by Andrew Yerger

by Andrew Yerger

By Professor Marita Gootee

“CONTACT S14,” the BFA capstone exhibition in the photography concentration, opens in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery to the public on Mon., April 21 and will run through May 18.  Rebekah Clare Frisch, John Andrew Yerger, Danval Terrell Lindsey and Jordan Clark Jaggers will be exhibiting only a sampling from each of their individual portfolios of twenty images. A public reception for the exhibit will be held from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery on April 24. Professor Marita Gootee and Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo will introduce the students at 6 p.m.

This is the second BFA exhibition for the newly formed photography concentration that evolved from a Fine Arts emphasis.

“The diversity of the work in both style and concept is very impressive,” said Lippillo. “Each student worked diligently on his or her portfolio with dedication and passion. In the end it was a hard decision to narrow down to the pieces that were chosen for the exhibition. Their work is of a professional level and only represents a small portion of what we do in the photography concentration.”

Rebekah webFrisch from Hattiesburg explores the unseen walls that restrict women in her photographic series. She is the daughter of Margaret and Jim Frisch. In her series, “Visibility,” she uses the photographs to depicting the structural barriers women face within corporate America.

“My ‘Visibility’ series represents these women in such a way that they are ‘visible’ to the viewer, and by doing so, their problems and struggles become visible as well,” said Frisch.

Gootee said that Frisch’s images have artifacts of dust and scratches identifying the glass barrier.

“This gives it a rawness that draws the viewer to see the entrapment of the figures behind the glass,” she said.

Andrew_1 webYerger from Madison has a photographic series titled “Gun Culture: Mississippi.” Yerger is the son of John and Tina Yerger. He sought out individuals around the state from personal residences to gun shows and had each stand in front of a white background to be photographed with their personal firearm. The images are large prints and confront the viewer.

“The way in which we respond to this imagery will tell us more about ourselves than any conclusions we can make about the depicted individuals,” said Yerger.

Gootee stated that it really causes one to become aware of how many guns there are out there, and there is not a typical gun owner.

Terrell webLindsey from Pontotoc created a photographic series exploring the figure through abstraction. Lindsey is the son of Frank and Frankie Cameron. His photographic series, titled “Abstract Form,” is an observation and exploration of the female body as a sculptural form.

“I use soft and strong contrast lighting to highlight and capture different shapes of the female figure.” said Lindsey.

The images are not as large as the other images in the exhibition. They require the visitor to come closer and investigate the photographs.

“The intimacy in the viewing of images accents the quite quality of the photographs,” said Gootee.

Jordan webJordan Clark Jaggers from Tupelo has a photographic series titled “Survivors.” Jaggers is the daughter of Jeffrey and Amy Jaggers.

“The goal of ‘Survivors’ is to draw attention to the grief and heartache felt by all families after suffering great loss,” stated Jaggers.

She hopes that although this body of work is a representation of her family, that it is also a universal statement for all families can relate to tragedy. The found class portrait images were scanned, reprinted digitally, hand tinted, scanned again, cropped and digitally enlarged with text applied in the digital post construction.

“One word tells the story per person,” said Gootee. “They all have a powerful story to tell us as they hang on the wall in silence.”

The students also created a self-published book that will include the all four full portfolios.  It can be found at: http://www.blurb.com/b/5249526-contact-s14

 

The largest university art program in the state, the MSU Department of Art was formed in 1968 and offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art with concentrations in fine art, graphic design and photography. The photography concentration is the newest in the department. Photography transitioned from an emphasis to a concentration in 2013.

The art department is part of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. For more, visit www.facebook.com/CAADatMSU or Twitter @CAADatMSU.

For additional information about the 2014 spring exhibitions, contact exhibitions coordinator Jake Weigel at 662-325-2970 or jweigel@caad.msstate.edu.

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