Benjamin Hoyng’s solo show

MFA student Benjamin Hoyng showed intriguing works in the Hillwood SAL Gallery, March 3-15, 2015.

If you by some (unacceptable) reason managed to miss his two week long exhibition, you will have another chance to experience his art in the MFA Thesis Exhibition, which will be held in the Steinberg Museum of Art between April 6 and May 8.

Reception is on Wednesday April 8, 2015, between 5-8 PM! It is free and all are welcome!

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Juan Lopez’s solo show

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.

Photo © Juan Lopez / juanlopezphoto.com

Photo from the Umbilical series / Photo © Juan Lopez, juanlopezphoto.com

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.

Umbilical by Juan Lopez, March 24-28, 2015

Umbilical by Juan Lopez, Sulpture Gallery, March 24-28, 2015

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.

TimeLine by Juan Lopez

TimeLine by Juan Lopez, Sculpture Gallery, March 24-28, 2015

For more information about Juan Lopez and his art, see
Facebook.com/JuanLopezEspantaleon
and Juanlopezphoto.com

Justin Capalbo’s solo show

Earlier this month, MFA student Justin Capalbo had his solo show up in the Hillwood S.A.L. Gallery.

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.”

Photo by Justin Capalbo

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.

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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.