CSU Art Students Various platforms explored in exhibit

December 1, 2011 

I was on vacation last week, but I still had a couple of interviews that I had set up that I had to do.

One interview came up at the last minute.

A Columbus State University senior art major asked me to do a story on the senior exhibit. Since I was going to be in the Theater on the Park anyway, I asked if he could meet me.

Matt Moye said he would, and he did. It turns out I know some of his relatives since the Moye family has been instrumental in developing Westville.

“Cluster in a State of Flux,” includes paintings, sculptures, performance art and video presentations.

Right now, Matt, 25, is doing encaustic art. He uses melted wax as a medium.

He’s looking into doing an internship, either for an established artist or at an art museum. Then it’s off to graduate school. He’s hoping to get into the University of Tennessee.

Last week, the students were in the Illges Gallery of the Corn Center for the Visual Arts in the RiverPark campus, installing their works.

Artists and their friends were building boxes to display their work as well has installing their work.

Nam Hoang, 22, was born in Vietnam and has been in the United States for 11 years. He made denim suitcases that will be suspended from the ceiling.

He’s also made a video about labor and economics and cultural interaction that will be shown on a loop.

After he graduates, he’ll be going to Korea to teach for a year. Then he’ll be going to graduate school. Nam is hoping to go to a school in the North.

Caroline Trotter, 21, of Cataula, will be showing her photography and sculptures.

She’s been working on her project for a year. Her subject? Her family.

Antoneisha Harper, 23, of Macon, is a painter, using acrylics and mixed media. Her subject is Southern culture. Like Caroline, Antoneisha has been working on her senior project for a year.

She’s planning on going to a Northern school for graduate school, and will return to Georgia to teach art.

Then I spotted Brooke Nobles, 26, of Columbus, just looking at a jumble of old televisions and computers.

She wasn’t sure what she was going to do with all that equipment, that she got from friends or found cast off on the street.

Brooke is a photographer and sculptor.

Finally, I spoke with Gary Wilkerson, 27, of Fairfax, Va. He had claimed an alcove in the gallery, which he sectioned off with curtains. Inside, he’ll have a video. The walls are plastered with small posters that he had printed. It’s about social networking and mass media, he said.

There are 15 seniors who are showing their work that can be seen now. The reception is 6-8 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is open from noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

The other seniors are Amber Carlisle, Kim Crowell, Michele Brezovsky, Nica Mendoza, Kirsten Dunn, Venisha Penland, Jenna Poole, Stephen “E” Glass and Lara Joy Dixon.

The exhibit can be seen through Dec. 10 and is free. 706-507-8300.

Sandra Okamoto, sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.com or 706-571-8580.

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