By Danyel Poindexter, Staff Writer
Sometimes, we need an individualistic expression of life to comprehend our humanity. On March 2, Gallery Visio opened a new visual art exhibition titled “It Figures,” produced by Artists Anonymous. The exhibition features various works made by student artists who display their versions of our humanity. Visualizing such an intimate theme that can grasp an audience without the difficulty of trying to understand how the title compliments the artwork is an laudable concept. It is a theme that connects everyone under one eye.
The artwork displayed in this exhibition are of a unique sort. Some seize the moments of attachment, like “Carried on His Shoulders” by Jessica Tonyan; some show what we leave behind, like the piece “Friend Zone” by Brian Lewis; and some show what we feel but do not say, like “Two Faced” by Taylor Bockhorst. The whispered moments of a human soul are things that cannot be expressed in words, but instead call for visual representation. The different works presented varied in media, ranging from watercolor and charcoal to photography and wood.
The charcoal pieces shown in the exhibition had a special way of capturing the sharp cuts of the human figure while playing with light and darkness. Yet, while they all embodied the usage of shading, each piece retained its own style. There were some, like “Nude Gazer” by Kerry Stevens, that bore a scratchy shading, the shadows sketching out the human figure, presenting a more intense representation of the human body. Others, such as “Untitled” by Meg Riley, held a smoother surface, gently blending the areas of darkness into the areas of light. This creates a more calming effect to the eye when the audience observes the piece.
There were other works that stood on the abstract side of representation. “Face” by Steven Coplin is a wood piece that, instead of being direct and defined, challenges the audience to try and understand what individuals, cultures, and the masses experience and feel when touched by the concept of religion. Like the charcoal, the shadows in his piece play off of light, but are instead layered by thin cuts of wood that create irregular circles that slowly fall into themselves, constructing a tighter area as the depth of the wood becomes deeper the farther you look.
Melissa Porter, on the other hand, with the help of two models, took a more vibrant approach when presenting her two abstract figurines . Using only lines to emphasize the gestures of the models, these pieces’ energetic colors against their black backgrounds form an active and lively outcome. Being photography as well, the shine of the high-gloss material plays off the bright areas of light hitting the color in the pieces.
Oil pastels, marker, ink, etc. It is not only amazing but inspiring what the mind produces and what the hand creates. These artists featured in “It Figures” bring out expressions and concepts that cannot be seen on the surface and are the true definition of capturing the abstruse angles that life has to offer the human soul. The mere fact that every piece cannot be defined nor honored in one single review is the reason these pieces are genuinely worth seeing and experiencing in person while they are still available to the public. The “It Figures” exhibition is open until April 8.