The “feel” of the AP Art Show that opened Jan. 26 in the Carroll Senior High School Art Annex Gallery was one of “individualism and expression.” It was apparent that freedom was given to these Advanced Placement students to express their creative sides without limitations of subject matter.
What made this art show impactful and interesting were the feelings and interpretations that some of the art students expressed and shared about their “concentration,” which ran through all of their artwork.
For Serina Taluja, her concentration was “happiness.” Her artwork symbolized meditation, goal setting, projecting understanding, love, and knowledge. To her, it meant literally being “one with the universe.” Her artwork surely speaks of that; it is contemplative and thoughtful.
Morgan Franklin’s concentration was “identity.” She felt that the “inner energy on so many different levels” is what drives her artwork in this exhibition. Her work in oil pastels left no doubt that she is on the right track.
“Energy” was Abby Detrich’s concentration, and she showed a very interesting display of hand-done artwork, along with a digital treatment that was displayed over a little ocean of VHS tape. The tape was taken out of its box, which left one wondering just what video, home movie, or data was forever disengaged from being viewed and admired, other than in the inert condition it now was displayed. It makes one think how we could be the product of all of the photos, videos, and images taken over time in different formats of data preservation. The iPhone and all camera phones have created an endless universe of photos and selfies. Seeing the broken VHS tape is a reminder of the images that are lost in long forgotten formats.
In addition to conventional artwork in different media, the art show also included photography. Duc Tran displayed some photography that bordered on the macabre but with an elegant flare for aesthetics. His photography is based on self-portraits, and he has a good understanding of light, composition, and atmosphere. Duc’s photography is to be admired as an art form that also incorporates an eye for technical savvy.
The concentration of Ciara Smith was “synesthesia,” which is when the stimulation of one sense triggers a response in another sense. For example, you see a picture of the ocean and imagine that you can smell salt water.
This art show was an experience of leveling the different art forms and “stressing emotion through expression,” as Sarah Banks said. I was taken aback by artwork that seemed, in many ways, more mature in nature because of this self-examination. For any spectator, it was difficult to know what one appreciated more: the art or the artists’ thoughts. For me, it was a combination of both.