Art Show: Fine Arts faculty display their talents

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Ethan Toledo~Multimedia Journalist

The two-week faculty art show in the McKay Auditorium displayed the works of art created by various members of the BYU-Hawaii faculty.

The display, which started on March 1 had the theme of photographic interpolations. It is put on once every year and displays different forms and styles of artwork.

One of the artists featured is Jeff Merrill. His semi-abstract portraits have side-by-side comparisons with the photos he used to recreate the images through various mediums. Some of his works include “Crown Jewel,” and a charcoal piece called “3 Degrees of Rembrandt.”

Jay Merryweather brought in some classical looking works that leaned more towards Christianity and the LDS Church with his pictures, “First Parents,” “The Smiths,” and “Prophet.”

“He got eyes, noses, mouths and arms all from different images and pieced them all together,” explained Brandon Truscott, the chair of the Visual Arts Department. “It looks like a classical, old, antique painting, but done in this way where he’s borrowing everybody else’s photograph.”

The beard of the subject in “Prophet” came from a biker. Also included with Merryweather’s work was a set of three QR codes that would connect smart phone users to an animated painting with changing backgrounds or subjects.

Bringing in work that is both simple and elegant, Monique Saenz used simple shapes and color to make a beautiful work with her “Interpolation of Form.” Saenz said, “While photographing at a busy and chaotic construction site, I encountered a pile of plastic PVC pipes along with some other interesting subject matters. The repetition of circles captured my attention, and I was immediately struck by the simple truth that sometimes the most ordinary things can be made extraordinary, simply by visualizing them in a new distinct way.”

“I’m one that really loves simple yet beautiful things,” said Welina Mills, an undeclared freshman from Hauula. “These three pictures are actually very beautiful. They might just be regular pipes, but the way the artist portrayed them has a simple beauty to it.”

Jacob Jackson also had his work highlighted although different for Merrill’s. Jackson took photographs of some of the local graffiti and made it symmetrical. He took those patterns and used them on different pieces of ceramics. Some of his pieces include “& Etc.,” “Circle 4,” and “@ Save.”
Truscott brought a “darker” series of pictures with “Dark Room Doom.” The set of 12 pictures shows a sort of before-and-after of their modeling of the dark room in McKay 168. Truscott said, “Before they came in and did the demolition, I just took some shots to document what it would look like.” He paired those he documented with the after pictures. Then he overlaid each picture with different letters to spell out the title of the series, “DARK ROOM DOOM.”

The faculty art show ends on March 15. The student art show is scheduled to start on April 2.