The Anderson Gallery at Drake University will be hosting an exhibition entitled Proximity, featuring new work by four graduating senior Bachelor of Fine Arts students: Meanz Chan, Aron Johnston, Cecily Pincsak, and Hannah Pink. This exhibit, representing the culmination of these students’ educational experiences at Drake, will run April 12–28. The exhibit opens with a reception on Friday, April 12 5–7 p.m. in the Anderson Gallery, Harmon Fine Arts Center, 2505 Carpenter Ave. Refreshments will be provided.
The exhibit will showcase art that reflects each of the four artists’ creative process and how these processes, from beginning to end, have been influenced by the close proximity—nearness in space, time, or relationship—in which they have studied and worked during their enrollment in Drake’s art and design program.
The student artists will show a combination of painting, drawing, printmaking, and graphic design work in this senior thesis exhibit, which is free and open to the public. The Anderson Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday 12–4 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m., and by appointment.
Each of the four exhibiting artists takes a different approach to their artist process:
Chan is graphic design major and drawing minor from Des Moines, Iowa. Through the use of fantastical elements and the juxtaposition of two-dimensional elements in three-dimensional space, Chan exaggerates and invents biological fauna and phenomena to create complex and curious situations. Hiswork relies on the various media, textures and intimate detail to create a perplexed feeling.
Johnston is a B.F.A. painting major and printmaking minor from Corvallis, Ore. He explores the relationship between created human environs and the natural environment, with a focus on charismatic mega-fauna and their struggles to exist in a human-dominated world whose technological advances have brought about changes that outpace many of their abilities to adapt. By combining imagery of animals, most of whom are currently endangered, with man-made elements of machinery or electronics Johnston seeks to point out the absurdity of intervention, intentional or otherwise, in a global life system whose complexity and vastness is far greater than human understanding.
Pincsak is a graphic design major and printmaking minor from Wheaton, Ill. Informed by her interests in literature and history, and anchored by a background in graphic design, her recent work is an investigation of foibles, flaws, and folly. Through the pairing of word and image, she seeks to capture the inherent humor and universality of human fallibility.
Pink is a drawing and graphic design double major from Peoria, Ill.
Drawing has been a passion of Pink’s since childhood, and she says it has been rewarding to be able to transfer her love for creatures and critters onto paper. She creates works of art that are compelling and push the viewer into the details, rather than focusing on the bigger concept. She wants her artwork to help people grow a deeper appreciation for the wildlife that surrounds our everyday lives.