For Today’s avdenture Thom and I walked down to the NYS Museum to behold the wonders of the 2008 Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition. I urge you to check it out, even if for only 15 minutes, it will be time well spent. This well-deserved showcase of talent includes a number of medias, including medias that I had not seen much of, such as gouache, collograph, and sculptures constructed from anything from aluminum to limetone. I was impressed with the sheer variety of pieces that hung and stood about the spacious exhibition hall.
I was particularly drawn to a number of large paintings that employed color to great effect. Tanya Gadbaw’s Disappearing Generation (oil) and Patricia Gaeta’s Monday (oil on canvas) made use of bold, interesting colors. I was also really attracted to Lacey McKinney’s Jesse, (mixed media and oil on canvas) a huge close-up portrait that was vibrant and expressive. I found the use of mixed media to create interesting textures on this piece. I also want to mention a digital collage by Ruby Merritt called Space, a great juxtaposition of images, and Paul Howe’s Blowin’ Wax, a steel and vinyl structure that was simple but made a statement about technology in our ever-changing world.
Basically, there’s too much to write about here. You must go see it for yourselves.