“UColor: Jonathan on Parade”
Members of the campus community expressed their inner Husky in this exhibit of painted fiber glass Husky dog statues sponsored by the student group, the Bean Team. The Bean Team solicited ideas from the community, then selected 24 winning entrants, who were given statues and paint to create their personal visions of UConn’s mascot, Jonathan. The Bean Team works with the William Benton Museum of Art to bring art to the UConn campus.
“Shadow Castings: A Study of Geometry in Paper and Light”
Photographer Christine Dalenta and paper sculptor Benjamin Parker collaborate and practice a unique combination of paper folding and photographic techniques. Their process results in camera-less images, created through the action of light on folded light-sensitive paper.
Since the very beginning of photography, artists have placed three-dimensional objects onto light-sensitive paper to form a representation in two dimensions. This technique and its resulting images, known as photograms, are currently enjoying a resurgence in contemporary photography. Dalenta and Parker’s images are similar to photograms, but employ an original method, where not only is there no camera, there is no object. The paper itself both modulates and records the light simultaneously.
Christine Dalenta worked with photographic techniques for more than two decades. She was educated at Brown University and the Hartford Art School (MFA 1994). Her work has been exhibited nationally and is held in many corporate and private collections. It has also been published in national and international publications including the Washington Post, Time magazine, and Elle Decor. She has worked as an artist, an educator, an archaeological photographer, a commercial photographer, and a museum curator.
Benjamin Parker is a paper sculptor from Connecticut who specializes in folding tessellations, or patterns. He studied French and Italian Language and Literature at Central Connecticut State University. Since 2007, he has created hundreds of tessellations as well as a system for designing more. He has taught these techniques at conventions and art leagues throughout the United States. His first book, Six Simple Twists: The Pleat Pattern Approach to Origami Tessellation Design, has just been published by CRC Press.
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A public reception will take place on Thursday, November 19 from 4-6 p.m.
The exhibits run through February 19, 2016 in Homer Babbidge Library.