Students in the LIU Post Studio Foundation Class of 2019 hail from CA, FL, MA, CT, NJ, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Long Island, and China–welcome!
Last week was a busy week as LIU Post’s MFA students were setting up their thesis group show “Eight of Fifteen” in the Steinberg Museum of Art. The show starts tomorrow, April 6th and runs for a full month until May 8th, 2015. Opening reception is this Wednesday, April 8th, from 5-8 PM!
Artists exhibiting their work: Tyrone Santana Copeland, Miro Kang, Justin Capalbo, Jianan Li, Benjamin James Hoyng, Duaa Khalil, HuNoo – Heon Woo Nam and Meishan Pan.
For directions to the Museum, please see http://liu.edu/CWPost/Academics/Schools/SVPA/Resources-Facilities/Art-Museum
Juan C. Lopez Espantaleon filled LIU Post’s Sculpture Gallery with fascinatingly beautiful black and white photographs, from March 24 to 28, 2015. The MFA student showed two series of works, Umbilical and TimeLine.
In his artist statement, Juan Lopez explained his concept and vision behind Umbilical:
We are born naked from the dark connected with an umbilical cod to another human being. As individuals we spend our lives in a planet floating in the dark, trying to find some sort of connection to something or someone that could fill the doubt of our existence.
I am taking black and white photographs of people hanging from ropes in the dark. Rope symbolizes a metaphorical umbilical cord that is linked to something or someone we do not understand. The arms of the subject are not hanging following the gravity forces, arms are attached to their bodies signifying that they are alive.
In Umbilical I am exploring the self-perception of our existence and the constant fight with our basic nature for finding meaning and sense in our lives, while we still floating in the darkness of a universe that we cannot understand.
The second part of his show, the TimeLine, consisted of six photographs depicting people’s profiles in a symbolic encountering with each other, representing as Lopez’s statement expressed, “slices of times, collecting not only faces but meaning of our existence.”
The TimeLine series also emphasized the fact that it is our faces that makes us unique and that the human profile is an important universal image of ourselves.
Fotofoto gallery in Huntington has the month long group show “Your Best Shot” on display from February 27 to March 28, 2015. BFA senior Nicole Angelica DiGiovanni has four of her photos in the show.
When fotofoto gallery had an open call for the show “Your Best Shot”, photography students at Post were encouraged to submit work by their professor Thom O’Connor and that is what Nicole DiGiovanni did.
“I grew up in Long Island and have always enjoyed going to fotofoto gallery and I used to dream that I’d have an opportunity to have my artwork displayed in their gallery. I was so excited when Thom made the announcement and I knew I would finally have the chance to have my photographs on display in one of my favorite photo galleries!”
Nicole submitted 3 horse portraits and 1 self-portrait, which are all included in the show.
“I am extremely passionate about the horses and have had the chance to work close with them while being on the LIU Post Equestrian Team. Horses are one of my favorite subjects to photograph; there is something so magical, beautiful, and magnificent about horses. Horses truly are a work of art and I find so much pleasure in being able to capture their beauty with my camera. Horses and photography are two of my greatest passions.”
Studying Photography at LIU Post, Nicole explains that she has tried a few different artistic mediums although photography is her favorite way to express herself and the world around her.
“My favorite subjects to shoot are horses, landscapes and portraits. I act as if my camera is my “third eye” and never go anywhere without my camera. I do not limit myself to shooting one subject and always keep an open mind to whatever my camera and I may see. I enjoying being out in nature with my camera but there’s nothing like being in the studio. Photography has been my creative outlet since elementary school. Photography is my favorite art form; it allows the viewer to be able to interpret the world through images created by the photographer. I find it most interesting to understand the exact moment photographer’s capture and why they are willing to share that image with a viewer.”
“Your Best Shot” is up February 27 – March 28, 2015.
Artist reception is on Saturday, March 28, 5 – 7 PM.
It is a free event and all are welcome!
For more information regarding directions to the gallery and opening hours, please see http://fotofotogallery.org/.
Concrete to Data through the Lens of Alexandra Pospelova
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I am excited to share a powerful series of Concrete to Data photographs taken by artist Alexandra Pospelova. The selected works give us a peek into the photographers process and how the space can be viewed. We are taken through various complimentary color combinations and compositions. I asked Alexandra for a statement about shooting the exhibition and sharing her vision on the show.
“Unique, Moving, Powerful! Concrete to Data is a unique show because graffiti in its nature is an outdoor art form, while here, in Steinberg Museum of Art, one sees it in a totally different environment. It is moving because it makes the viewer look for hidden meanings by overwhelming, puzzling and, in some way, provocative quality. It is powerful because of its large scale spray-painted pieces that have more authority to a body viewing it in a space, as something one cannot take in with one glance. It was a pleasure to photograph such a large variety of mediums, creative ideas, and interesting stories that allowed me to penetrate deeper into seeing the essence of graffiti itself. The camera served as a great tool to discern that essence that cannot be viewed with a naked eye, but through some consideration.”
You can explore more of Alexandra’s work on her website – http://alexandrapo.com
His enchanting photographs were on display in the gallery from February 3 – 7 and the show was according to the artist himself “the final stepping stone to my thesis show which will be in April.”
For this solo show, Capalbo’s main inspiration was primarily his desire to redefine sacred space.
The show was about searching for sacred space in an overdeveloped world. The earlier work in the show was focused on finding sacred space in suburbia by tracking down places where humanity has left behind. The new series on the main wall was an attempt to find a space that lacked evidence of man. I found that the landscapes I saw were still pockmarked by urbanity.
Justin Capalbo describes himself as a photographer at heart. “I live to explore, learn and observe. A camera is the best tool for this, because your source material is everything you have ever known and will ever see.”
Graduating from LIU Post this May, Justin’s plan is to become a professor. “I love working with students, and being able to instill confidence in young artists to follow the passion and creative minds.”
For more information, see JustinCapalbo.com.
The MFA thesis art show will be up in the Steinberg Museum of Art in Hillwood, LIU Post, from April 6 – May 8, 2015. Reception is currently scheduled for April 8, 2015.