Senior Painting Show Features ‘Canorous’ Art

Tuscaloosa, Ala. – The Painting area of the UA Department of Art and Art History presents an exhibition of work, Canorous, by four graduating seniors, April 16-19, 2018, in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery. The public is invited to a reception Monday, April 16, at 6 left: Candace von Hoffman; top right: Megan Goldman; bottom left: Alana Cammack; bottom right: Ellen Hart.

In their statement for the exhibition, artists Candace Von Hoffman, Ellen Hart, Megan Goldman and Alana Cammack said, “through our approaches to material as a means to an end, our separate voices rise in harmony to create a ‘canorous’ or resonant gathering of artworks.”

“These four artists share a heightened sense of curiosity and material exploration,” said Sky Shineman, associate professor and coordinator of the exhibition. “Their conversations in the painting studio can been seen through the dialogue of their work in the gallery. Really excited to see them show together.”

Candace von Hoffman is a senior BFA student concentrating in painting and photography. She combines the two respective processes to create mixed media pieces as a means to explore forms of nature, architecture and the body in reference to effeminate experiences.

Ellen Hart explores materials, texture, and process to produce off-kilter compositions in her paintings. She states, “I do not strive to create perfectly balanced and executed pieces, but rather interesting explorations of layering.” She is a senior BFA student concentrating in painting and ceramics.

Megan Goldman is a senior BFA student concentrating in painting and drawing. Goldman says she uses material and color “to investigate shape, form, and the interplay of light and shade. I draw inspiration from a physical piece of crumpled paper in her paintings, and a nontangible shadow in her drawings.”

Alana Cammack, a senior majoring in advertising and painting, explores the boundaries between art, craft, and femininity through weaving and embroidery. Her use of fiber is deeply connected to the human desire to feel, both physically and emotionally.

Image credits: top left: painting by Candace von Hoffman; top right: painting by Megan Goldman; bottom left: weaving by Alana Cammack; bottom right: mixed media work by Ellen Hart.

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