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Senior Thesis: Opening Reception May 13, 2010

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Our gallery season this year concluded with an opening reception of three student exhibitions:  Senior Thesis Exhibition featuring seniors Tamara Al-Mashouk and Ji Young Lim, It’s Personal featuring seniors Eleri Roberts and EB Bartels, and In the Rough, featuring Harriet Alexander, Kate Connolly, and Jenny Olivari from Professor Carlos Dorrien’s ARTS 307 Sculpture II course.  We had a great turnout for both receptions on Tuesday, May 11. The gallery is closed through the summer, but check out the 2010-2011 gallery schedule for a preview of our exhibitions.

It's Personal/In the Rough: Opening Reception

(above) It’s Personal featuring seniors Eleri Roberts and EB Bartels, and In the Rough, featuring Harriet Alexander, Kate Connolly, and Jenny Olivari from Professor Carlos Dorrien’s ARTS 307 Sculpture II course.

Senior Thesis Exhibition: Opening reception

(above) Tamara Al-Mashouk is interviewed by Paul Falcone, from WCAC-TV.

Senior Thesis Exhibition: Opening reception

(above) Senior Thesis Exhibition featuring seniors Tamara Al-Mashouk and Ji Young Lim

Senior Thesis Exhibition: Opening reception

(above) Senior Thesis Exhibition featuring seniors Tamara Al-Mashouk and Ji Young Lim


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Tamara Al-Mashouk on installing “Senior Thesis Exhibition” May 11, 2010

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Today’s blog post is by Tamara Al-Mashouk, class of 2010 who completed work on her thesis in this year’s Senior Thesis Exhibition. Below you can read her thoughts on working in the gallery this past week.

2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition

The installation of my work began with setting up the standing bookcase. I decided where I wanted to place it, then laid out the eleven frames and four wall shelves. I had had an idea for how I wanted my side of the gallery to be arranged, but chose not to finalize my plans. I wanted the set up to come together as fluidly as the work itself; organically with very little sketching and planning.

Senior Thesis: Installation in Progress

After working out the structure of the show, I started bringing in the tiny objects I had created. I placed them sporadically, moving from the bookcase to the shelves, and onto the frames. I aimed to create a perfect chaos. When all the objects were finally in the gallery I sought to rearrange them to create interactions and an ethereal atmosphere. -Tamara Al-Mashouk

2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition

Senior Thesis Exhibition: Installation Complete May 10, 2010

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The Senior Thesis Exhibition, featuring seniors Tamara Al-Mashouk and Ji Young Lim completed installation into the gallery at the end of last week.  To view all images from the exhibition, visit the Jewett Art Gallery’s Flickr Page.

2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition

Join us as we close the 2009-2010 gallery season with an opening reception on Tuesday, May 11, 4:45-6pm. The opening also includes the 350 senior photography exhibition “It’s Personal” featuring EB Bartels & Eleri Roberts, and “In the Rough”, sculptures by students in Professor Carlos Dorrien’s ARTS 317 course.

2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition

(above) detail of Ji Young Lim’s installation.

2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition

(above)detail of Tamara Al-Mashouk’s installation

Senior Thesis: Ji Young Lim April 24, 2010

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Today’s post is a preview from the upcoming 2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition, our final show for the year featuring seniors Tamara Al-Mashouk and Ji Young Lim. Below is a preview of Ji’s work and her artist statement.

Ji Lim, Class of 2010

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha

Time has always enchanted me.  I found myself obsessing over the concepts of time and thinking about my past, present, and future.  I was at a time of transition and at an end of my Wellesley College career.  I found myself drowning and longing for the past and terrified of the uncertainty of the future.  I found myself at a race against time just yearning for a break, a pause, a breath.

Ji Lim, Class of 2010

This installation is both representative of the weight of time and of a break in time.  It is an interactive space.  The viewer is allowed to become part of the hourglass standing at the bottom representing their own past and history through their physical presence.  It depicts the infinite space of time and a stillness that provides a space for a breath.  It is an intimate space where one can become aware of one’s physical presence and of the infinite entity of time.

This is a closing to my time at Wellesley College.  It is my ode to my fellow women who are struggling with the race against time.  There is no winning, just accepting and being.

Time keeps moving through the tough and through the good.  It does indeed heal all wounds and it does indeed make you treasure the fleeting moments of joy.  I have gained a larger and healthier perspective of time and have this past year to thank.  I no longer look forward to the future with fear, but with excitement with what the future has to offer me. The possibilities are infinite.

Ji Lim, Class of 2010

Thesis Exhibition: Tamara Al-Mashouk April 23, 2010

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We will be concluding the 2010-2011 Jewett Art Gallery season with this year’s 2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition, featuring seniors Tamara Al-Mashouk and Ji Lim. Below is a preview of Tamara’s work and her artist statement.

Tamara Al-Mashouk, Class of 2010

Imaginary worlds exist within our minds. Music, painting, film making, writing, are all means of pulling them into the sensual world, in order for us to escape our reality and to experience. I consider daily how to bridge the gaps between these imaginary worlds and day-to-day life.

Throughout the year I explored the architectural elements that would de-root us from reality and allow us to escape. I aimed to create a setting that actualized another world in which we are the visitors. The result, is a cabinet of curiosity; an accumulation of objects belonging to an alternate reality.

Tamara Al-Mashouk, Class of 2010

By closely interacting with these objects as single pieces, or as parts of a whole, a window is opened to the intricacies of another world. The objects are all very fragile, almost untouchable. In this world, objects manifest themselves. There is no creator. They are formed by living elements, naturally coming together.

Tamara Al-Mashouk, Class of 2010

When making the objects, I did not work from a sketch, or plan. I simply worked with materials, my minds eye guiding the process. Allowing the objects to manifest themselves within our world.

I began to notice certain repeated tendencies, such as the shape of a pentagon. The structure became a building block for some of the objects. I did not measure and cut pieces of material, rather placed them where they felt comfortable. This process created a series of beautifully distorted intricate objects belonging to a world of fantasy. -Tamara Al-Mashouk

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Senior Thesis Exhibition Opening May 16, 2009

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Last night the gallery hosted the final opening reception of the year for “Again & Again: Senior Thesis Exhibition” as well as an exhibition of 350 level work by studio art majors in the Jewett corridors by the gallery. We had a lively turnout throughout the entire reception, it was a great way to close the academic year!

"Again & Again": Opening Reception

The opening reception:

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Installation views of the show:

"Again & Again: Senior Thesis Exhibition" Ran Tao, '09 "Again & Again: Senior Thesis Exhibition" "Again & Again: Senior Thesis Exhibition" Courtney Richter, '09

Additionally, the Synergy String Jazz Ensemble courtesy of the Wellesley College Music Department provided great background music throughout the entire reception. We were excited to have this opportunity to collaborate again with the Music Department.

Synergy String Jazz Ensemble

Postcard for “Again and Again” April 30, 2009

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The postcards for the upcoming Senior Thesis Exhibition, “Again and Again” arrived in the mail the other day. Thanks to Ran Tao for taking care of all of the design and technical work necessary to get these printed!

Postcard for "Again and Again: Senior Thesis Exhibition"

Patrick Earl Hammie Deinstall April 27, 2009

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This past Saturday morning Patrick Earl Hammie’s exhibition Equivalent Exchange was deinstalled. By comparison, taking down exhibitions is ridiculously fast compared to the many hours that are necessary to install the exhibition. In this case, it was just a matter of taking the paintings off the wall, and then walking them out the door into a moving truck.  The last stage is patching the walls with spackle to cover up holes made in the wall from the nails, and some quick sanding to keep the walls neat.

Patrick Earl Hammie: Deinstall

We are pleased to have had this opportunity to work with Patrick on this exhibition; the exhibition was enthusiastically received on campus and generated a very strong response.  One person in the guestbook commented that they made a “daily pilgrimage” to view his exhibition.

As we approach the end of the academic year, the gallery will shift its focus to artworks being displayed and presented for tomorrow’s campus wide Ruhlman Conference, during which faculty and students collaborate across disciplines to enhance the intellectual life of the college.  The gallery then ends the year with “Again and Again: Senior Thesis Exhibition.”

Ran Tao’s Installation Plan April 15, 2009

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I’m receiving installation plans from the three thesis students in the upcoming exhibition, “Again and Again: Senior Thesis Exhibition“.  Although there are many standards and methods for installing work into a gallery, I’ve found that every artwork presents its own set of specific challenges and needs.  Therefore, it seems to make sense to think about installing an artwork as a matter of problem solving: there’s usually a certain look that an artist is trying to achieve.  The three thesis students had to think about how to faciliate that look, as well as the materials and hardware that would be necessary to carry out their plans.  Below is a diagram of Ran Tao’s plan for how to install her sculpture into the gallery.

Ran Tao, Installation Plan

Senior Thesis Exhibition Preview April 13, 2009

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This week I’m working with the three senior thesis students on formulating and finalizing detailed installation plans and publicity materials for “Again & Again: Senior Thesis Exhibition“. My own philosophy about installing art work is that the hardware and means of installation should appear to be invisible, so that the work can really be highlighted and seen with clarity.

The exhibition will feature a diverse range of various art media:  sculpture, computer generated imagery, installation, video, and printmaking. Below is a preview of some of the works that will be in the exhibition:

Courtney Richter:
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Ran Tao:
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Kendra Terry:
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