McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History presents, “On the Verge,” the first of its two senior capstone exhibitions, April 11 through April 26 in the Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall. The show will feature a range of media, from traditional two- and three-dimensional approaches, to Digital and New Media. The artists’ reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 11, with a Gallery Talk beginning at 6:00 p.m.
“On the Verge” features artwork from McDaniel seniors Daniel David, Trevon Haynes, Rebecca Marr, Mykerria McNeill, Kasey Nicholson, and Katie Ogorzalek.
“My artwork is shaped from my historical background in football and sports, which helps my creativity in editing and designing sports images,” Haynes states. “I can relate and connect with the emotions and perceptions in each image because I was in those situations before.”
Marr notes her current series, “The Dysfunction of Communal Social Media” is “the sole focus of negativity on a Facebook group meant for Taneytown. These created post cards call out a negative subject that has been discussed and is meant to turn that negativity into positivity. My aim is to make the Taneytown community a little more positive and eventually branch my post cards to focus on the negativity in Carroll County as a whole.”
"I was inspired by old and overlooked forms of media to create a series of sculptures using floppy disks and CDs as the medium,” says McNeill. “I have created an interactive installation that give the audience a taste of internet in the 90’s, and a series of outdated ‘tech’ themed gifs. I wanted these outdated forms to be honored the way they once were just not by their original means."
Nicholson states, “As an artist, I am interested in creating works that advocate for the better of our environment. Using a variety of mediums such as screen printing, photography, and collage, I aim to bring environmental issues to the public’s attention. My work advocates and appreciates the potential positive changes we can make in our environment. I advocate for alternative energy sources, specifically wind energy because, as an Ocean City local, I believe it’s my responsibility to let the rest of Maryland know what wonderful plan is at stake in their beloved vacation town. The plan to install wind turbines off the shore of Ocean City has been derailed by officials who don’t want to see the plan completed due to their fear of losing tourist revenue because of an ‘unsightly’ wind farm. I aim to bring it back to the forefront of the public’s attention and the more people that get involved the better chance we have at a healthier, cleaner future for Ocean City. My work is displayed on apparel such as flags, beach towels, bags and T-shirts. By displaying my work on apparel, I open the door for more exposure and the goal is to spark up conversations and spread the word and get the public engaged with the problem so that they can help be a part of the solution.”
Of her work, Ogorzalek says, “My work combines photography, growth, and graphic design. They represent the photography work I have done here at McDaniel as well as what my time at McDaniel has meant to me.”
The Rice Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595.
Thursday, April 11 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm
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