SXU hosts “Unconventional Conversations” art exhibit

Photo 11 - Gesticulation 1 by Synthia Wesley WEB

“Gesticulation 1” by Synthia Wesley (acrylic on stretched canvas)

Saint Xavier University (SXU) will host “Unconventional Conversations,” an exhibit of Department of Art & Design senior thesis projects, from Sat., April 12 to Mon., May 5.

The exhibit will be on display in the SXU Gallery, located in the Warde Academic Center at the University’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. An opening reception with the artists is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sat., April 12 in the Gallery.

Work from the following students will be included in the show:

  • Elizabeth Bennett, Mokena – “My art for the show consists of self-portraits with long exposures that create a different feeling in each photograph.”
  • John Davenport, Chicago – “I am trying to convey the possibilities of photographic manipulation before Photoshop editing. It is recorded visuals of the spirit/soul, a documentation of an evolving technique.”
  • Amy Duffy, Chicago – “My work is an expression of different disabilities and trauma, and the effect they have on the mind and body. I developed these ideas after having spoken to and experienced those with these disabilities and issues.”
  • Alyssa B. Dunn, Orland Park – “As a person who suffers from anxiety, I know all too well the strain between what your body is capable of doing and what your mind won’t allow it to do. My thesis began as a therapeutic investigation to find inner tranquility and evolved into a deeper assessment of the duality between the physical and spiritual lives we live. By dripping and dabbing paint on my skin, I have used my body as a matrix, exploring my natural kinesthetic movements atop a canvas. By doing so, I have found the mental calm I have sought out and learned of the deeper connections of life in its physical and emotional forms.”
  • Molly Grupka, Tinley Park – “I participate in a fashion called Lolita. It is a huge part of my life and thus my experiences with this fashion inspired my thesis. I created dresses that describe the anonymous bullying that goes on inside Lolita communities. The dresses serve as a way to give a face to the words and to see how these behaviors disgrace what the Lolita fashion stands for.”
  • Ariel Lockett, Calumet City – “My campaign “HARU” (How Aware Are You?) is a way to communicate HIV/AIDS awareness. My body of work consists of posters, websites, a Facebook page, brochures, letterhead, envelopes, and t-shirt designs.”
  • Sandra Rodarte, Chicago – “I’m working on a cultural identity project and I use a black and white palette through mixed mediums on BFK paper to create various values.”
  • Brian Sykes, Chicago – “The title of my project is “Inner-City Madness.” The subject of my artwork is about exploring the mind and environment of black youths living in the inner-city of Chicago.”
  • Jennifer Szalko, Orland Park – “My project reflects on the Greek myths that relate to the Labyrinth – the endless maze structure created by Daedalus the inventor to house the Minotaur.  My project itself is a series of illustrations that reflect on the relationships of Daedalus and King Minos, the two figures who are essential to the Labyrinth’s existence. These colored pencil and ink drawings come together into an edition of books that both illustrate the labyrinth through their images as well as work together in their structure to mimic elements of the Labyrinth itself.”
  • Kimberly Touketto, Chilton, Wis. – “This series of photographic movies follows a main character through the initial stages of paranoid schizophrenia, which is defined as visual and auditory hallucinations as well as delusions. Displayed in movie format in an enclosed space, the goal is to immerse the viewer completely in the experience. By using this space, it forces the viewer to be surrounded by the sound and the video, with no outside distractions. In doing so, the viewer will feel a sense of isolation and seclusion, thus gaining a sense of what the character is feeling.”
  • Synthia Wesley, Chicago – “In my work, I seek to visualize and interpret the emotional state of the language of dance. By the use of intense color combinations against placid backgrounds, mark making, layering, and shape, I aim to actively deploy to my audience the physical language of dance and movement to inform gesture, energy and form. They reflect my goal to create a compelling body of abstract paintings that engages the viewer, is limitlessly absorbing and adopts a meaningful dialogue between what you can say without a single a word spoken.”

The SXU Gallery’s hours are: Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and closed on Sunday. For more information, please contact the Gallery at (773) 298-3081.