The Art Academy of Cincinnati is pleased to present the final of six senior thesis exhibitions in 2011. "Together We Are More Than One Person" will feature the work of Dan Becker, Tanner Bowden, David de Bol, Kristina Ehrman, Matilda Gertrude Paulin and Emma Williams. The artists explore themes of community and relationships through popular memory and pop culture, societal roles, social networking and found-object assemblage. Each senior will receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in May 2011.
Dan Becker is from Cincinnati, OH and will graduate with a BFA in Painting. Since 2009, he has shown work in a number of spaces locally including Semantics Gallery, Creative Gallery, Museum Gallery and The Mockbee. His recent work deals with mass consumer culture via found objects, video and mixed-media paintings that take on the role of highly decayed objects. His work explores themes of entropy and transience in the realm of contemporary culture, transforming the mundane into layers of abstraction and social connotation.
Tanner Bowden was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. Bowden creates continuous line drawings as a direct result of prolonged indulgence in TV, the Internet, social interactions, various genres of music, junk food and alcohol. Making use of the media and surfaces available during such indulgences, he uses a single drawn line as a syringe to extract random thoughts, images and phrases from his mind once it has been filled beyond its brim. He will receive a BFA in Illustration.
David de Bol's photographs explore the relationship between the image, information-access and the viewer. His practice spans a myriad of processes, including images sourced from social media, the entropy of digital information through generations of reproduction and video-stills that press the limitations of the recording device. De Bol was born in Atlanta, GA and lives and works in Cincinnati, OH. He will receive a BFA in Photography.
Kristina Ehrman is from Cincinnati, OH, and she will graduate with a BFA in Illustration. Her work ranges from communication illustration and design to conceptual performance. Her fine art focus and performance work deal with issues of identity, sexuality and popular culture stereotypes and clichés. Ehrman has illustrated and designed work for local events and is currently working with event-planning.
Matilda Gertrude Paulin is a multi-media artist with an interest in new media. She explores topics that seem trivial or nonsensical in order to connect our everyday experience to the larger and less palpable topic of fine art practice. Her work ranges from found objects to videos conceived to exist on YouTube. Paulin was born in Louisville, KY and currently lives and works in Cincinnati, OH. She will graduate with a BFA in Painting.
Emma Williams was born in Ohio and lives in Kentucky. However, the road is her home. Through large-scale color photographs, she calls attention to the presence of personal electronic devices in our daily experiences. Orchestrated photographs contain eerie screen-lit faces causing the familiar to be questioned. Williams is completing a BFA in Photography with a minor in Printmaking
Exhibition Dates: April 25 - 29, 2011
Closing Reception: Final Friday, April 29, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Gallery Talks: April 25 & April 27 @ 12:30 pm
The Pearlman Gallery is on the first level of the North Building at 1212 Jackson Street across from the Kroger Parking Garage. The Convergys Gallery is on the first level of the South Building, and the Chidlaw Gallery is on the lower level of the North Building. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. Senior Thesis Show Hours are 9-9 Monday through Friday. 513.562.6262.