Jerry Truong examines the political implications of the education system through an installation based on the visuals commonly associated with the American grade school classroom. Truong alludes to philosophy, activism, avant-garde art and radical politics by subverting materials such as stackable plastic chairs, blackboards and overhead projectors, thereby framing the classroom as a political apparatus. In doing so, Truong offers a critique of the education system as one that aims to encourage free thinkers but produces compliant members of society instead.
Truong is a Maryland/D.C. based conceptual artist, whose work deals with issues of memory and history as they relate to the exercise of power and the residuals of trauma. Truong received his B.A. in Studio Art from the University of CA, Irvine in 2006 and his M.F.A. in Visual Arts from the University of CA, San Diego, where he was the recipient of the San Diego Fellowship and Russell Foundation Grant. He currently teaches in the Department of Visual Arts & Design at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, MD and is a Fellow at Hamiltonian Artists in Washington D.C.
This exhibition inaugurates Lycoming's new downtown Art Gallery. Barbara and Leonard Sylk are well known for their extensive collection of Pennsylvania artists, including Bo Bartlett, Thomas Chimes, Douglas Martens, Elizabeth Osbourne, Sidney Goodman, Neysa Grassi, and Jimmy Lueders. Taken together, the pieces exhibited show a range of responses to the natural world, both figurative and abstract.
Barbara Sylk describes the collection as a window into another point of view, stating, “We did not start out with a plan to have a collection. We were a young couple buying what we liked and could afford, and what struck us as important in some way. Forty years later, we have a significant art collection including works that are realistic, abstract, and in-between, in a variety of media and subjects, that range in size from very small to very large. We never bought something for the resale value, and in fact, we have never sold anything that we liked well enough to buy in the first place!”
Barbara Sylk earned a BA in Art from Lycoming College and a Master of Art Education from the University of the Arts. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Lycoming College and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Sylk is a former art teacher and owner of Cadme Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
Andrea McDonough Varner
Stephen Parlatos’s unique collage technique, utilizing hand cut layered papers assembled with sequin pins on foam-core to create a celebration of Dragons – those great ambassadors of the imagination, celestial messengers present in all the great cultures of the world, protectors of the natural world , go betweens of nature, god and humankind.
Parlato grew up in Levittown, Long Island, and attended Cooper Union College and Maryland Institute College of Art Graduate School of Painting. Parloto teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has worked with young adults for 21 years as a mental health counselor.
Aya Takashima’s recent work, In Passing, explores how one perceives one’s surroundings and re-contextualizes them into a hyper-real landscape/cityscape with motion. The sense of motion blurs the line between an immediate understanding and a gradual awareness of what is happening within the scene. The notion of how one crosses the threshold of perceptual understanding fascinates her. It is within a visual tension between selective focus and motion blur that facilitates the awareness of how well one thinks and sees the world.
Aya Takashima was born in Osaka, Japan. She completed her undergraduate study at the Osaka University of Arts in Osaka, Japan. She received her M.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2001. Her work has been exhibited worldwide: Boston; New York; Washington, DC; Northern Virginia; Osaka, Japan; Hitachi, Japan; and Seoul, Korea. She currently lives and teaches photography in Northern Virginia.
Bayar's four-minute high definition video promotes conversation on notions of exoticism, Orientalism, otherness, hybridism and the western perceptions of a homogenous Islamic cultural identity. The video, employs elements of Ebru, the Turkish marbling technique developed in 15th century Persia to create a dialog between the traditional and the experimental by combining elements of the past with a contemporary examination.
Juror: Maddy Rosenberg
2015 Senior Show