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Student art show “Relic” to open Friday

By Staff | Apr 17, 2012

“Relic,” presents the work of three graduating seniors from Shepherd University’s Department of Contemporary Art and Theater. This one night only exhibition will showcase the three artists together at The Slant Factory, with each artist presenting their own body of work in a separate installation.

Anne Cropper a Bachelor’s of fine art major concentrating in Photo and Digital Imagery creates work consisting of an installation of nests, which further examine her concepts of memory preservation and home. Cropper’s work titled Thoroughfare, focuses on the idea of “what’s left behind” after death and uses photographs printed on fabrics, which are then torn and woven with natural materials such as grasses and mud.

Joshua Hawkins will be presenting an interdisciplinary body of work titled Emergent Properties exploring the institutions of adolescent development and growth. His work employs found materials ranging from old cigarette boxes to bed sheets and wood, that come together to interpret our individual definitions of intimacy. His exploration begins with the earliest: the family then moves on to the adolescent relationships of friends and finally includes interpersonal relationships.

Jessica Oberdick’s work, titled Absolution is a presentation of largescale oil paintings focusing on biblical stories and themes. The stories are presented in a contemporary setting with modern characters as though happening today, however contain traditional Christian symbolism. Oberdick’s painterly style combines intense darks with highlighted bright coloration and gestural strokes that together form dramatic larger than life representational images.

“Relic” is part of the Shepherd University Capstone Exhibitions, is one night only and is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Oberdick at 304-312 -0566 or jessicaoberdick@gmail.com.

Date: Friday April 20

Where: The Slant Factory Art Space

202 East Liberty Street

Charles Town, WV

Hours: 5 to 9 p.m.

Participating Artists: Anne M. Cropper, Joshua S. Hawkins, and Jessica Oberdick