New Wikoff Gallery ‘Color Principle,’ paints new views

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Pictured above is an oil on canvas painting by Yi Ting Paung ’17, entitled “Figure.”
Pictured above is an oil on canvas painting by Yi Ting Paung ’17, entitled “Figure.”

Opened Jan. 20 of this winter term, “Color Principle: Painting in Oil” is the latest Wikoff Student Gallery exhibition, featuring the works of Assistant Professor of Visual Arts Laini Nemett’s, “Painting in Oil” class.

This past Tuesday, Feb., 21 from 5:00-6:00 p.m., an opening reception for “Color Principle,” was held on the third floor of the Nott Memorial. Various students, artists and faculty were in attendance to appreciate and celebrate the students’ hard work and creations. For a majority of Nemett’s students, this was the first time working with the medium (oil on canvas).

Students were asked to illustrate still life and figures or make use of interior and exterior spaces, using the medium to depict “ingenuity and deftness, while exploring principles of design and color theory.” Artists were challenged to breathe life and dynamism onto canvas, with elements of collage. “The paintings in this show were created over the span of two years, in two different classes of ‘Painting in Oil.’

Stylistic differences arose naturally as each artist spent more time with the medium,” disclosed Nemett. “Looking at historical and contemporary artists as points of reference, this intro-level class exposes students to a range of painting principles focusing on color: complementary contrast, local versus perceived color, temperature shifts of light and shadow on the human form and contrasting light from interior and exterior spaces.

The exciting results of this exploration are as varied as the voices of those who painted them.” The exhibition features works from students, Steven Apolo ’18, Hein Htet Aung ’20, Ari Bennett ’18, Emily Dahlstrom ’18, Lauren Elder ’19, Jackie Feingold ’19, Emily Fiore ’18, Yi Ting Paung ’17, Josh Price ’18, Yuhe Zhou ’17 and Yuanqing Zhu ’17.

In accordance to the still–life, two–dimensional theme, artists were also challenged to portray an original (real or imagined) concept in their paintings, such as reconfiguring spaces or perspectives to mold a new frame of reference.

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