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B F A

SPRING

2014


All artwork and installation images from B.F.A. exhibitions in the Earl & Virginia Green Art Gallery at Biola University. All images provided by the artists; used by permission. Cover image by Katelyn Seitz BFA Spring 2014 (exhibition catalog). Copyright Š 2014 Earl & Virginia Green Art Gallery All rights reserved. Book design by Katelyn Seitz. Published through Issuu.com Earl & Virginia Green Art Gallery Biola University Art Department 13800 Biola Ave., La Mirada, CA 90639 562.903.4807 • www.Biola.edu/ArtGallery


SPRING 2014 BFA


Holly Mosebar Photography

holly.mosebar.42@gmail.com hollykatephotography.com

Unwind Finding peace within my chaotic life is essential to my well-being. In this photographic exploration, I have come to appreciate stillness by seeking to unwind myself from the tangle of trying times. In these various locations, significant to me throughout the years, I have found a sense of quietness. Placing others in these locations provided a time and a space for them to experience the quietness as well. By photographing friends and loved ones unwinding in the chair, I was interested in how each person expressed stillness through their facial expressions and body language as they transformed that location into their own. The chair serves as a constant to tie these photos together. It was owned by my grandmother, up until her passing last year. It is a beautiful and timeless reminder for me to always seek His peace amidst the busy-ness of my life.


Amanda Yamashita Interdisciplinary

yamashita.amanda@gmail.com


Humans Being The forms I create subsume a unique physicality and history of their own. They are internal investigations with external bodies. Inspired by bodily growth and transformation, my work visualizes the invisible so that I can better see.


Thomas Mauriello Design

www.ThomasMauriello.com


Big Miley Fame flattens and expands; it turns a person into layers of pixels, screens, pages and billboards. The machinery of fame produces larger than life iconography while minimizing the actual human inside these images. In my work I am creating a visual form that is derivative of this system. These projections highlight the excitement and terror associated with humans becoming images of fame.


Michael Mauriello Interdisciplinary

michaelmauriello.com 630.890.4903


Humans Being My interest lies in the connection between the viewer and the object being viewed. In material and gesture, my work alludes to the human body but avoids a particular specificity. I allow my intuition to shape and guide the forming of the works, transforming mundane materials into a strangely recognizable entity, familiar yet not.


Madison Krueger Design

www.madisonkruegerdesign.com krueger.madison@gmail.com


Drop Control ends where my work begins. As I relinquish control of clay, the force of gravity dictates the final form. Forces outside of our control have a way of problem solving and articulating events in a language unique to its system. These ceramic sculptures are a testament to this natural law that binds and implies limits. My work explores the unimaginable freedom and possibility that come only through the process of letting go.


Meagan Ellena Hubin Design

ellenadesign.com


Collate I produce work constricted by limitations; creating patterns not from details, but rather from the deconstruction of objects and shapes. These limitations create surprising idiosyncrasies. As one form eclipses the other, a new abstraction is revealed. In a similar way, fragments of our past experiences combine to mold and shape our philosophical, spiritual, and emotional beings, revealing new perspectives.


Nathaniel Smith Design

cargocollective.com/nathanielsmith


The Metaphysics of Unnatural Light This installation was inspired by the question, “how real is technology in my life?” I usually think about my relationship with digital space as artificial, not ‘real’. I grew up amidst the excitement of personal computers; naïve to the central role screens would play in my life. The Metaphysics of Unnatural Light explores the environmental and spiritual implications of intimacy with digital spaces as mediated by screens. By extending the screen into physical space I hope to invite reflections on the changing landscape of technology in a maturing digital culture.


Daniela Pacheco Sculpture 760-716-8986

danielanpacheco.com daniela@danielanpacheco.com


Between the Lions Imagine yourself standing between two full-grown lions. What do you do? We live between them every day. One lion represents legalism, extreme criticism and harsh judgment. The other represents licentiousness, the lack of self-control or concern for injustice. Sometimes we find ourselves holding more to one than the other. Sometimes we are pulled between the two. This does not mean that we ride the fence with indecision. Rather, we are being pressed to be gracious with ourselves when we have been self-righteously critical or when we have carelessly turned a blind eye. Ecclesiastes 7:15-18 (NIV)


Matthew Whaling Painting

matthewwhaling@gmail.com


Inquiry I am a concept artist. My work lays the foundation for greater creative processes and sets the initial benchmark for quality and vision. My pieces are still individual works. This dual functionality makes my pieces dense with information and my work centered on problem solving. I work in whatever medium is most efficient to communicate a vision. As a classically trained artist I bring a fine art perspective to the commercial tradition. My work combines the strengths of each tradition to make accessible and meaningful work.


Tammy Oh Design

714. 864. 1984

tammy.h.oh@gmail.com tammyoh.com


Ambiguous Psyche My work is genuine and simple. I appreciate considering into things that reveal truth. The ambiguous drives me to create and provide viewers with a new perspective, a deep thought, or a new beginning. It ultimately begins with the fascination for the neglected, mundane, or the overseen, and then I challenge it.


Tiffany White Photography

tiffanyannart@gmail.com 530.210.3720


RECOLLECTIONS For as long as I can remember, the interaction between found objects, old photographs, family stories, and personal memories has shaped my experience with the world. I discover the significance of things forgotten through the act of creating with discarded items and found treasures. It allows me to interact with the people, some that I never knew, who have affected my story in some way. I explore the potential relationships between objects and images as a response to photographs from my family’s past. It is a way to tangibly deconstruct the story and connect my own narrative with theirs by bringing the past into the present. These events of the past live on through memory and objects yet are veiled by time, separated indefinitely. All of these things come together to illuminate the days gone by and invite us into a space where recollection and discovery converge.


Everyday Bulbs I create a system to capture my observations and to share them with my viewers. There are so many things that I see and others may overlook that I want to draw attention to. I find these objects and moments interesting, so I create a system of collecting and displaying. By taking photographs, I curate these images in a way that invites the viewer to see the familar in a new way. This can lead viewers and myself into seeing a new perspective on the beauty in the everyday.

Beau Morris Design

(714) 746-0914

cargocollective.com/beaumorris beau.e.morris@gmail.com


What Makes a Man? Take note of the question mark; it is so very crucial. My work is not necessarily attempting to provide you with an answer. Yet, each individual experience brings to light a spectrum of associations. The purpose of my work is to start a conversation. This body of work attempts to better understand and explore the possible answers to this question. From past experiences, I have gained a clearer understanding of what a man is not, and with the help of these seven men I am discovering what makes a man.


Christa Rorer Photography

christarorerphotography.virb.com


{bare} bare: 1) open to view, exposed—to make or lay something bare; 2) to have as a feature or characteristic; 3) to allow, endure, or accept something. Here, I invite you into an experience of vulnerability. Gently lift and remove one of the ten cloth photographs offered, and put it on. I bare myself for you to bear a vulnerable image. My work unfurls within a central theme of intentional vulnerability. I use my own body to intuitively explore compelling gestural shapes, expressing elements of bareness and light. This creates forms imbued with a range of open-ended emotive interpretations. Printed on an organic cotton knit fabric with plenty of give, how you bear the image is entirely up to you.


Lori Lusk Photography

909.418.7576


The Quickening My work explores the ennoblement of women. I assert the female in a position of power by stamping my body onto a picture plane. My pieces often reference notable works in art history circulating around female representation. These references should highlight the extensive history in which women were exhibited as incapable or weak objects.This injustice as my backdrop, my work explores the pertinent delegation of femininity. The heterogeneous complexity of women demands a delicate balance of distinct and often polarizing characteristics. Evolving from critique to embodiment and then to cultural reassignment, I am curious about how the female nude exists within a spiritual landscape. These women invite candid conversation about religion, sexuality, vulnerability and strength.


Sydney Walters Painting

sydney-walters.com

walters.e.sydney@gmail.com


Cristina Malais Painting

clmalais@gmail.com

www.cristinalynnmalais.com


Correlate I have been intrigued by life’s complex divisions of space, time and location that have affected my family since I was a child. For the past three years I have experienced these realities and complexities first hand. Thus, I have been able to explore how the two sides of my division correlate both in my daily life and through my art. In wanting to describe aspects of my life from both places along with the necessity to navigate between these separate realities, I have created sets of paintings that include one from observation and one entirely from memory of the same subject. The two paintings within each set were created simultaneously, but in opposite locations. Painting through recollection not only allows me to better see and attend to the specificities of each place, but it also solidifies that each painting, and inherently each place, correlate with each other to create a whole existence.


AnnaLisa AnnaLisa Cruz Gasporra Cruz Gasporra Design

Design

annalisacruzgasporra@gmail.com www.annalisacruz.com

annalisacruz.com

annalisacruzgasporra@gmail.com


Illuminate “The dark night of the soul can illuminate our modern experience, but today’s knowledge can also illuminate the dark night of the soul.” -Gerald G. May, M.D., The Dark Night of the Soul This project is an exploration of the darkness that can be found in a season of desolation. Life can be so complicated, muddled, and overlapping. Our hope is that God is still present even through the dark nights. The objects that I have made use layers of images to represent life’s journey, experiences, dreams, starts and stops. Each stage being molded and shaped uniquely, it is a self-discovery and the forming of a dense identity. My hope through this body of work is that others would explore each stage and, for a moment, encounter the darkness. The illumination is very dim, but the light is still present.


The B.F.A. Program: The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Art is the professional undergraduate degree that is highly desired by serious students intent on pursuing careers or advanced degrees in the visual arts. The program is designed to give art students flexibility to choose from one of five emphases: design, painting, photography, sculpture, or interdisciplinary. Design integrates a fine arts perspective into a curriculum that emphasizes conceptual thinking and develops technical proficiency in a variety of areas including print-based graphic design, web design and motion graphics. Painting embraces traditional and non-traditional approaches to drawing and painting while engaging students in current discourses within the discipline. Photography focuses on integrating the skills of black and white darkroom techniques with contemporary digital color practices to produce conceptually driven, photo-based art. Sculpture equips students to think creatively while developing proficiency in a variety of three-dimensional fabrication techniques including additive and subtractive processes, modeling, carving, mold-making and casting. The Interdisciplinary emphasis allows students flexibility in developing a custom art curriculum that blends upper-level studio courses from multiple disciplines.


About the Deptartment The Biola University Department of Art creates an academic environment that thrives on the interrelationship of biblical Christianity and artistic practice. It offers students a professional visual arts program with a rigorous curriculum that reflects a strong liberal arts emphasis and a solid Christian worldview. The Biola art program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. www.Biola.edu/Art

About the Gallery The Earl & Virginia Green Art Gallery presents a program of rotating contemporary art exhibitions on the campus of Biola University. Located in the greater Los Angeles area, the Green Art Gallery is well positioned to represent a vital Christian worldview within the critical dialogue of contemporary visual art and to produce engaging exhibitions that grapple with issues concerning the intersection of faith with art and culture. The Green Art Gallery also provides professional development opportunities for Biola art students through gallery exhibitions and internships. www.Biola.edu/ArtGallery



Spring 2014 B.F.A. (exhibition catalog)