The second installment of Monmouth College’s annual senior art exhibit is on display through May 7 in the Len G. Everett Gallery of Hewes Library.
Titled “Visual Pleasure,” the exhibit features the works of Marisa Franks of Moline, Bree Havens of Prairie City and Tony Shek, an exchange student from Scotland. A reception for the artists will be held on April 26 at 3 p.m. The students will give oral presentations about their work on April 25 at 10 a.m. in the gallery.
“My work can vary style, themes and contents often,” explained Shek, who said his design work changes from client to client. “In terms of personal methodology and practice, my work follows a chic form, but the meaning and cleverness of the designs is more important to me.”
Havens’ work focuses on still life objects.
“I use these objects to fill up the space, and I then begin to manipulate or change these objects in some way,” she said. “This process usually happens by forcing the objects to work with and against the background. Repeating shapes and layering are a few of the techniques I use. A few of my influences are Pablo Picasso and Paul Cezanne. I enjoy these artists’ work for influence, in particular, because of the way they deal with objects and space.”
Franks said her interest in her style of portraiture “started with a ‘selfie.’
“(But) making a perfectly drawn copy of my face held no appeal,” she said. “The graphic, drawing-with-paint style that manifested is about expressing a portrait in shadowed and highlighted shapes rather than just features. What amazed me most was the fact that these simple enough shapes, sans any great value, still ended up looking like my mug. I would like this work to make us look at the real world differently, appreciating that subtle shadows or harsh highlights of a face can manifest into other, similar observations in many parts of life.
The Everett Gallery is open Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to midnight.