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Noncommittal: A Prospective Glance 4 (Selections from Senior Thesis 2012)

January 14, 2013  by: Admin

Erin Kuhn, New Moon Begins Again, 2012, etching, collagraph, Chinecollé,oil-based ink

Erin Kuhn, New Moon Begins Again, 2012, etching, collagraph, Chinecollé,
oil-based ink

From UB Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY — The University at Buffalo Art Gallery, Center for the Arts and UB’s Department of Art are excited to present Noncommittal: A Prospective Glance 4, an annual exhibition celebrating the exceptional work of recent graduates from the Department of Art’ BFA and BA studio programs. The three artists in this exhibition—Dara Gildner, Yingri Guan, and Erin Kuhn— were selected based on the high quality of their work, their depth of vision, and how they each uniquely visualize a range of scientific phenomenon from carbon dating to alchemy and astronomy to equine anatomy. The exhibition opens with a public reception in the Second Floor Gallery on Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 5 to 7pm. The artists will be in attendance.

UB Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday 11 AM to 5 PM; Saturday 1 to 5 PM. For information, please call 716-645-6912. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will be on view in the Second Floor Gallery through February 23, 2013.

As a young home schooled child from Grand Forks, North Dakota, Dara Gildner grew up with frequent visits to the nearby Native American reservation to learn about their culture and practices. This instilled in her a deep respect for the environment and an awareness of the creatures that lived in it, which rooted in her a need to take care of what was around her. When she moved with her family to Western New York, she started sketching, drawing, and doing guided research on various topics such as horse riding and deafness, which inform the content of her work.

Yingri Guan received her Bachelor’s degree from University at Buffalo (2012) with a double major in mathematics and art with a concentration in communication design. Her current work focuses on visualizing complex data in different systems by applying mathematical theories and equations. Guan combines mathematical reasoning, design aesthetics, and computational methods to interpret information through a subjective perspective. Her research concentrates on the way in which reality is perceived. By pursuing new ways to analyze and interpret information, she is seeking alternative ways of presenting information and therefore promoting a multitude of understanding.

Erin Kuhn’s work is to be seen through the lens of commonly felt emotions. These emotions are constantly changing just as the moon changes in the sky. They are always there, even if we can’t see them. We can feel them hanging over our heads in darkness and in light. In her print imagery and techniques she expresses the unnamable—faces and expressions of hands clawing at open mouths trying to pull out words and sounds that cannot be heard. This is a vision of her body channeling an inferno of silent screams.

The UB Art Gallery is located in the Center for the Arts on the North Campus just north of the I-290 on Millersport Highway. Traveling east or west on the I-290 take exit 5B to Millersport Highway North. Turn onto the campus at the Coventry entrance. As you enter the campus, the Center for the Arts is a high gabled white building directly ahead of you.

After 3 PM and on weekends, parking is free and a permit is not required. During all other times, guests must park in metered spaces, visitor parking lots, or obtain a parking permit from UB Art Gallery staff. In order to obtain a parking permit, temporarily park in the circle in front of the Center for the Arts and see a gallery attendant inside. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue featuring an essay by Catherine Dawson, a PhD candidate in the Department of Art.

The UB Art Gallery is funded by the UB College of Arts and Sciences, the Visual Arts Building Fund, and the Seymour H. Knox Foundation Fine Arts Fund.