By Tyler Rose, Staff Writer
The 2013 Senior Exhibition, held at the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) Art Gallery and the Emery Community Arts Center on Thursday April 11th, featured several UMF seniors’ artwork.
This year’s Senior Exhibition was themed Amalgamate. According to the 2013 Senior Exhibition brochure, Amalgamate is a hybridization of opposing aesthetics and artistic disciplines combined to create a dynamic visual amalgamation.
This unification allows the viewer to seamlessly enter real or fictional spaces, to explore the meaning of personal memories through cultural objects, or to identify the mundane moments of life within a painting by heroics of the graphic novel.
During this academic year, the senior art students have worked to immerse their audience into rural poverty, memories, and much more with their artwork.
John Harlow, a senior new media art major, had his art piece set up on display on the downstairs portion of the UMF Art Gallery, which had been separated into three spaces specifically for the Exhibition.
Harlow’s piece was representing rural life, particularly in Maine. “A lot of the art is to do with living in Maine,” said Harlow, “I always try to incorporate art.”
As many people made their way through the dimly lit setting of the UMF Art Gallery, Harlow was sought out to explain his piece as well as his mind-set on rural life, specifically honing in on Maine. “The socio economic conditions in rural Maine perpetuate a struggle for generating worth for artistic life,” said Harlow.
However, Harlow attempts to break that barrier between rural life in Maine and its artistic potential with his work. “I try to incorporate rural Maine by looking through rural life in an artistic lens,” said Harlow.
The upstairs of the UMF Art Gallery featured several different styles and themes of artwork. Dozens of people made their way around the room viewing the wide variety of paintings, drawings, and much more displayed there.
Over at Emery, where more pieces of artwork involved with the 2013 Senior Exhibition were located, the setting was much different from the UMF Art Gallery.
Well lit and with plenty of space for the spectators to roam around and view the artwork, art goers were found observing much larger pieces of art than those in the UMF Art Gallery.
President Foster was also in attendance at this year’s exhibition, as were many UMF students and local community members of all ages.
Both the UMF Art Gallery and Emery had free refreshments for anyone who came to the 2013 Senior Exhibition. The second floor of the UMF Art Gallery featured a “cold bar” for students and community members over the age of 21.