Monday, October 16, 2017



Andrew Gayda
Acrylic Paint on Palette Wood

My interests were to experiment with found wood and painted illustrations. Each palette was found, taken from it's daily life and repurposed into a work of art. I chose to depict each image in a monochromatic style to emphasis the raw color of the natural wood. The display was intended to mimic the origin of where the palette wood was discovered. Along roads, in dumpsters, and leaned up against buildings. A lot of my illustration come spontaneously out my head. Each element is an example of how random imagination can work. Individually, each panel has a relationship with the wood and can stand alone as a singular image. However when I've combined each piece together, your imagination is drawn toward connecting the symbols and creating a narrative.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Chris Stachowski - Fall 2017

Rusty Steel, More Rusty Steel

4' x 4' x 2'

Going into the project, I knew I wanted to work with the concept of an organism or organisms trapped within a cage of some sort. As I searched for materials, rusty steel seemed to be in abundance.  Considering this, I decided to create the darkest tone I could with my sculpture. The resulting process involved lots of torching pipes to create a damaged look for the "prisoners" within the caged space. 

Jake Sullivan

Jake Sullivan

With the Flow


Wood, bamboo, Ramboard, video projection

108" x 47.5" x 11.2'

I wanted to create an installation piece that can be used in a number of commercial settings. The video aspect of the piece has a very slow and rhythmic style with interesting and cinematic qualities. I was aiming to target the surfing and skateboarding community so the piece can possibly be set up in skate shops or at an action sports competition. Along with the qualities of the video, I wanted to match that with the materials of my piece. I wanted to add natural/natural looking features. I feel as though the presence of the brown and green color tones along with real bamboo and leaves convey the feeling I was going for.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ana Jackson Chaves

Steel, sycamore branches
8'2" x 7'10" x 7'4"

This piece is going to be part of a larger installation piece I'm working on. I wanted to capture the feeling of practicing Bagua Zhang, an internal art which teaches one how to harmonize with nature. In Bagua Zhang, the practitioner moves in continuous circular and spiraling formations, focusing internally, transforming, and extending beyond oneself. The forms in this piece are all based off movements in Bagua Zhang. I wanted the forms to be reminiscent of trees with the internal (qi) flowing along the outside of the forms and the external (branches) flowing along the inside. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Adele Kaczmarek

Adele Kaczmarek
Wood, wire screen, nylon, acrylic, dollar bills
28" x 20" x 20"

I wanted to create irony between the destruction of our ecosystem and wildlife, and the necessity of our ecosystem and wildlife. Specifically, we need bees to survive, yet we are still taking advantage of their habitats and species for reasons of consumption and money. Capitalism congests this hive in a layered tangle of dollar bills, sharp metal, and synthetic fabric. Not a single bee in sight. The wood skeleton creates a punctured tension, showing environmental devastation and stress.

Taylor Schomp

Fall 2017
White Ceramic Clay, Twine, white pedestal

This piece is about the relationships between stacked shapes.  Each shape is a different fold with different movement.  When singular, the folds appear delicate and light.  As they are stacked, they become visually dense and heavy, even with spaces of air between each fold.  The twine both entangles and gently caresses the stacks.  The folds are in constant struggle with the twine.  If they are to break free of the twine, they will fall and break, ceasing their existence.  If the twine remains, the folds are emprisoned in their stacks.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Caity Serva

Caity Serva
Resin cast mice on a 10"x20" painted canvas

This a work in progress shot of a much larger sculpture that I will be working on throughout the semester. In this piece, I hope to address issues of animal laboratory testing. We owe much of what modern science knows to the suffering of the lab mouse and I hope in some way to bring to light the magnitude of the sacrifice these animals have made for us. I have chosen to include the mice who have imperfections, such as air bubbles or missing ears and feet, from the mold-making process as a non-gruesome way to illustrate what mice may have to endure.  

For this critique, I presented the mice on a canvas with a dark blue fluid painting. I hoped to echo the fluid motion of the mouse tails and to give a primordial feel to the piece. Although I do not think this was the most successful way to present the piece, I have chosen to post pictures from this original set-up so that I can look back at the evolution that this sculpture will undergo throughout this semester. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Bruce Turner 2017
     Polystyrene foam, cement with bonding agent, paint.
     I wanted to make a "stone appearing" female from simpler materials  but found that it would take many applications and sandings exceeding our allotted time.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Bruce Turner

Fly Away With Me!!    

     Flying and the feeling you get when you fly has always fascinated me.   Flying my sailplane or a Cessna or in a helicopter or the 1929 New Standard biplane at Rhinebeck Aerodrome at low altitude is a rush that no one should miss.  Wings of flight is a majestic conquering of the bonds that hold us to mother earth.  I may cover the frame with aluminum so it stands out in my backyard.  Bruce Turner.  Spring 2017.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Leah O'Brien

Leah O'Brien
Paint chips
5' x 6' x .125"