Senior studio art majors Eric Fite and Dana Tibbs will present their “Distortions of Being,” a series of works that will be on display in the Students of Fine Arts Gallery Monday through Friday (April 15-19).
“Distortions of Being” plays off a central theme of deformity as expressed by the artists using different media. This theme has been developed throughout their studies at SHSU, according to Fite.
Fite develops his drawings of monsters and paints them in a freestanding triangular format, while Tibbs presents her digitally modified photographs as abstract microscopic slides of nature.
“In my work, I create monsters that relate to people’s different fears growing up, allowing people to finally take on their fear,” Fite said.
Gallery visitors can metaphorically take on those fears using “golden swords,” wooden swords Fite created to encourage people to take an active role in his exhibit by taking “hold of the golden sword and show off your true hero."
“Guests can pose (holding the swords) with the pictures of the created monsters and share their pictures through social media,” he said.
“Each monster portrays a certain fear one has overcome. The fears go from semi-serious like being scared of the dark or swimming, to silly things like being afraid to eat green peas or looking dorky.
“The gold swords are a symbol of achievement,” Fite said. “I believe we are all heroes in out own story, and it (the exhibit) is a time for everyone to come out and have fun showing off their heroism.”
Tibbs’s work, which involves codes as language, investigates the building blocks of the natural world as life codes.
“Matter in its most fundamental form is made up of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen; these building blocks cannot be broken down any further into other substances,” she said. “Primary colors are like these elements in that they can be mixed to create new colors.”
Following this line of thought, her photographs of landscapes and the body are manipulated in Photoshop to distort the line and color of the images and are then printed on Plexiglas to mimic the microscopic slides used in a scientific research laboratory.
The works on display are part of a collection created for their “Professional Practices in Art” class as part of their senior study.
A reception for their exhibit will be on Wednesday (April 17), at 6 p.m. in the SOFA Gallery, located in Art Building A.
The SOFA Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.