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In truth, photography is a small portion of what makes up the wide world of art. In the world of Jeremy Hyland, photography is everything. Throughout the past four years at Fredonia, Jeremy dedicated his time to all things photo related. As a graduating senior, he has much to look forward to because of all his hard work.

You could see how passionate he is about what he does just by looking at his photographs hanging in the Marion Gallery. Jeremy described his photographs as, “Reinterpretations of the Dutch still life style of painting of the Renaissance called “Vanitas.” They are meant to use thematic and symbolic elements from this style to create a distinctive look that I can call my own.”

Each photograph was unique and stood out on its own, but together, the pieces worked phenomenally well. The colors were vivid and the detail within each image were crystal clear. He truly brought the idea of vanitas back to the modern world. Each photograph was also presented in a beautiful, cherry wood frame. Jeremy’s brother who is a woodworker hand-made them himself. These photographs cannot be expressed through words. If you have the chance, visit the Marion Art Gallery to see them for yourself.

Jeremy said, “I hope that people will take away an increased knowledge, interest, and appreciation for the vanitas style and the subtle nuances that photography as an art form can evoke.”

There is a great amount of effort and time that goes into these Senior Art Shows. Students have to buckle down and be ready to present themselves and their work for the rest of campus to see. It’s their final chance to display themselves as a student artist.

When asked about the Senior Art Show itself, Jeremy said, “It could definitely be stressful at times. The majority of my photographs were complete by the start of the semester so I was fairly prepared. But the show really snuck up on me and there were a lot of small details to finish. The closer the show got, the more little things I realized I had to get done.”

After seeing his photographs in person, I can say with confidence that Jeremy’s work definitely paid off. There are many reasons why he does what he does. Jeremy is fascinated with the idea of being able to making something out of nothing. He said, “My favorite part of art is the ability to create something visually and conceptually interesting that could otherwise not exist in the real world.”

After graduating, Jeremy hopes to explore his options as a photographer. He’s looking forward to experiencing the real world environment of various photography before investing himself. Whether it be food photography, band photography, or a studio manager, he wants to know what’s right for him. This summer Jeremy will have an assistantship at Peters Valley Craft Center in New Jersey. Who knows what doors will open for him from there, but I’m sure he will find his place in photography.

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This is an inside look to the Rockefeller Arts Center here at SUNY Fredonia! This video has no editing whatsoever. Due to its length, I wasn’t keen on taking a whole day just to convert the file.  I apologize for any shaking of the camera beforehand. I hope that you still get a basic understanding of what our arts center is like.

Thanks to Alissa Main for being such a wonderful tour guide!

This video is a quick overview of me talking about what Shades of Fred has become. For all you viewers out there, I want to thank you for taking the time to read my blog throughout these past months. I appreciate all the followers and the comments. It has been great writing about all the talent Fredonia has and I hope that I will continue this blog. Keep an eye out for my next two posts…one being the last part in the Senior Show Series and a video that gives you a glimpse of Rockefeller Arts Center!

Thanks to Lindsay Futter for being the best videographer out there!

What a Fiasco!

As you all know, Lupe Fiasco performed on Saturday for Fredonia’s Fred Fest. This highly anticipated event seemed to please some and leave others confused.

Personally, I wasn’t too impressed.

It all started when my ears wouldn’t stop ringing due to the massive speaker blasting the back-track to Fiasco’s first song. I couldn’t even stand there for more than five minutes without feeling nauseous. For some reason, the sound seemed unusually loud. I’ve been to concerts before like The Goo Goo Dolls and Maroon 5, but this was nothing like those. After leaving my ear-blasting, ground-shaking, front-row spot for a more conservative view of the concert, I was a little more content.

Fiasco had an extreme amount of energy for performing two other concerts earlier in the day. He had already performed in Tampa and Massachusetts, so it was nice to see how much passion he still had. Even if he was exhausted on the inside, he did not let it show on the outside. I swear, Lupe did not stop moving until the very last note of his last song.

“The Show Goes On,” was the biggest crowd pleaser of the night. Even those who didn’t know any of his songs, like me, definitely knew, “The Show Goes On.” Its catchy and addictive nature made me want to hear more songs like that from him.

Though I give him props for his energy, I still left some-what disappointed. I understand that he’s a rapper and not a singer, but I wish the majority of his songs weren’t back-tracked. I don’t listen to rap, so maybe that’s why I can’t truly appreciate his performance. I’m sure those who are fans of Fiasco were ecstatic, but after it was all said and done, it certainly confirmed that I’m definitely not a rap person.

I wasn't allowed to take pictures of Lupe, but I did manage to get a perspective from the crowd.

 

The final Senior Art Show took place on Friday in the Marion Art Gallery. Like the previous showing, the work of the student artists was phenomenal. At first glance, you could tell how much thought and time was spent into their creations. The theme of the night also seemed to be inspiration, because everywhere I looked, I was inspired by the art in front of me.

One senior artist’s paintings were based on the idea of women’s body image. There were multiple paintings that outlined one particular section of a woman’s body with measurement lines around that section…just waiting to be altered by plastic surgery. The artist hoped that her paintings would bring awareness to this pertinent issue in today’s society. Women are always looking for ways to make themselves look better and she hopes that this will stop.

Another artist captured what she would be leaving behind after graduation in her work. From paper models to paintings, the artist wanted to remember the life she created here at Fredonia.

Beautiful photography was also displayed throughout the gallery. Photography student, Stephanie Rapkin, created a series of intriguing gum prints of antique cameras. For those who don’t know gum prints are, they’re essentially photographically controlled watercolors that started in the 19th century. Basically, they’re pretty amazing pieces of art. Stephanie did a fantastic job making her very own prints, which I’d assume are very time consuming.

The artwork within the gallery was just as eye-catching and thought-provoking as the last. It made me wonder how you actually join the Senior Show. When asked, Ashlee Bueg said, “Senior show is a requirement for Senior Seminar. You are required to take this class and participate in the senior gallery if you are a BFA major.”  What a major amount of stress that must be, but they do produce beautiful work as a result.

Look for the final part of this series to come when a student artist from this gallery is interviewed about their work!

The very first Senior Show was all about inspiration. Ashlee Bueg and Amanda Widzinski epitomized just that with their piece. Ever wonder what it would be like to be a kid again? Ashlee and Amanda’s piece combined graphic design, photography and all the wonders of childhood together.

Their campaign was called WHY NOT. Through their campaign, they hoped to remind the Fredonia community of the childhood they once had and to forget the responsibilities that consume their lives today.

Bueg said, “We both wanted to address the idea of play, which seems to have been forgotten about. We made cards containing questions to challenge the community to do child-like activities, like why not going swinging? We were hoping by posing these questions, it would make people think about why stopped doing the things they once loved doing as a kid.”

Widzinski and Bueg’s campaign was made up of multiple installations. One installation included photos of outdoor typographic installations. They chose child-like verbs and reflected those verbs within the picture. These photos were something you definitely had to see in person to truly appreciate for all their value. The “swing,” photograph was my favorite; with the word, “swing,” written out in wire.

Since they had 47 feet of space to fill, Bueg and Widzinski decided to take advantage of the space. Bueg said, “We chose the word TAKE for the installation. Anything on that particular wall was up for grabs. We spent several weeks making bracelets that people could take. We also made instructions with string tied to them for people to create their own bracelets.”

As another part of their WHY NOT campaign, they included four graphics posters as another installation. These posters explained their goal with the project and also reflected Bueg and Widzinski as children themselves.

As designers, Bueg and Wizsinski had to make sure everything was flawless and perfected before the big show. Bueg said, “We barely slept the week before setting up the gallery, we both were strung out by the end of it all.” In the end, it was all worth it and extremely successful for both of the designers.

Where did the inspiration for their piece come from? Themselves. Bueg said, “We both are in love with the idea of play. We will never be too old to go swinging. Just because we are getting older doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy things we did as children.”

Stay tuned for the third part in the Senior Art Show series to see what the next batch of seniors create!

Blurb Yourself a Book!

Have you ever wanted to make your own book before? I remember when I was little that’s all I used to do! One summer I probably wrote between 20 and 30 short stories. Mind you, I was only 8 or 9, so they weren’t very prolific. I had a great time writing them though, even if they were professional quality.

So, where is this all going?

Well, for my Digital Imaging photography course, we were required to either make a book or a website to display our work. I chose to make a book using the website, Blurb. It’s a great website that gives you a variety of different book-making options. You can design at a basic level using Bookify or even start from scratch and design your own template using In Design! This allows for even more creating possibilities. I decided to make my book using In Design. It’s basically a book that compares my work from The Leader and the work of professional photo-journalists. I couldn’t be more pleased with the final result.

For those of you who were young writers like me, Blurb is a perfect way to get you started once again.

Blurb’s website states, “We put our minds together, and developed a creative publishing service simple and smart enough to make anyone an author – every blogger, cook, photographer, parent, traveler, poet, pet owner, marketer, everyone. (This means you.)”

You can even purchase your own book! Binding, hard-cover and all. How can you go wrong? Try making your own book and see where your creativity takes you!

Just go here: http://www.blurb.com