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‘Extended Image’ showcases local artists

By Staff | Dec 11, 2009

Centreville resident Jim Leeuwrik pauses to observe The Anger Project, an image mosaic by Shepherd University art student Anna Hanson, at last Friday's Extended Image gallery show in Martinsburg at the Interwoven Mills complex. The event featured the works of 17 image makers from the photographic community of the Shepherd Art department. Photo by Michael Theis/Chronicle

MARTINSBURG – Seventeen student artists associated with the Shepherd University art department’s photographic community showed their work last Friday night at the Interwoven Mills complex in Martinsburg.

The one-night, Dec. 4, gallery show, dubbed Extended Image, featured large-scale photography and videography installations designed to push the conceptual and technological barriers of images-as-art.

Noteable works displayed include “The Anger Project” by Anna Hanson, “Delicate Conflict” by Rachel Garletts, “Blink” by Carissa Guyot and “Olfaction 5” by Austin Phillips.

Hanson’s “Anger Project” featured the scowling faces of 12 subjects, set against a white backdrop. Stark in its simplicity, its effectiveness as an art-peice derived from the high production value inherent in the photography and composition of the final installation.

Garletts’ “Delicate Conflict” was a marvel from across the room; delicate shadowboxes backlit edgy portraiture printed on sheer fabric with small lights. Garletts experiments with alternative darkroom techniques. “Delicate Conflict” was made through a proccess called “wintergreen transfer” where an image is lifted from a photograph by special application of wintergreen oil and applied to another surface.

Shepherd University art student Elissa Lynn is silhouetted infront of the multiscreen video projection installation Blink, by Shepherd art student Cariss Guyot. The binocular projection was a seven and a half minute video loop and depicted an incident of domestic violence from two perspectives at once, that of the abuser and his victim. Photo by Michael Theis/Chronicle

Phillips’ “Olfaction 5,” a photo-installation, was one of the more playful works displayed. Phillips suspended five wooden boxes from the ceiling with chains, leaving the bottom open for viewers to pop their heads in and observe sterile photographs of raw food up close and personally, exploring the idea of suggestion, mind-trickery, and the commoditization of food.

Last, but not least, is “Blink” by Carissa Guyot, a seven-minute video loop which portrayed, simultaneously on two screens, the two points of view of an incident of domestic violence. The binocular presentation used image solarization.

Two gallery-goers interact with Olfaction 5, a hanging photo installation by Shepherd University art student Austin Phillips. The photographs were mounted inside the boxes, which were open on the bottom. To view the work, one had to stick their head inside the boxes from the bottom. Once inside, a motion sensitive light turned on and the viewer was presented with sterile images of raw foodstuffs set against white backdrops. Photo by Michael Theis/Chronicle

Shepherd University art student Rachel Garletts discusses her photo-installation Delicate Conflict, a wintergeen transfer on fabric, with her father and fellow artist Daniel Garletts of Hedgesville. The images, printed on a sheer fabric, are mounted on wooden frames and lit from behind with clear tungsten lightbulbs. Photo by Michael Theis/Chronicle