Kohl Gallery, in conjunction with the Art + Art History Department at Washington College, is pleased to present The Process, the 2019 Studio Art Senior Capstone Exhibition, on view from April 19- May 5. An exhibit opening reception, celebrating these artists’ accomplishments, will be held on Friday, April 19 from 4:30-6:30PM, and all are warmly invited to attend.
The Process, the title selected by this year’s senior studio art majors for their group capstone exhibition, refers to the complex activity of making, thinking, doing, experimenting, altering, discussing, reflecting, and making again that goes into the creation of any artistic work. Often, the finished artwork appears to the audience as if drawn from thin air. Through this title, the artists choose to foreground the full complexity of art work.
‘Process’ plays a steady if varied role in each artist’s work. Rachel Frebert devises systems through which she methodically generates visual evidence, while simultaneously violating systematization altogether in spontaneous, expressive actions. The results of both activities, structured and spirited, become the work itself.
Picabo French uses colored pencil to painstakingly craft careful anatomical dissections, though the subject of her process is linguistic and morphological rather than clinical. Dylan Grimes layers found debris, collected and assembled over time, and makes arrangement choices according to an extemporary and ever-shifting aesthetic intuition. These two artists’ works diverge in the visibility of their respective processes: French models the skill and naturalism associated with traditional artistic mastery, while Grimes obscures the care and intent of her work’s creation to offer the viewer a sense of having stumbled upon in situ detritus.
Aaron Wallace-Holland’s work draws allegorically upon the ‘process’ of becoming; his works explore self-hood and identity and offer multiple narrative possibilities. The imagery found in Chenlin Wang’s precisely-rendered pencil drawings slip cunningly between human, animal and botanical forms. Viewed through the lens of ‘process,’ both artists’ works offer the viewer the opportunity to participate in deciphering meaning.
The Senior Capstone Exhibition represents the culmination of a year-long process of steady and rigorous artistic production. While the many steps involved in this process will remain familiar to the artists alone, the works included in The Process demonstrate the full fruition of their undertaking. Kohl Gallery and the Washington College Art + Art History Department congratulate these graduating seniors on their capstone achievements.