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Though out the month of April, FHSU Drawing students collaborated on an art project with the students of Roosevelt Grade School. During this project students wove fabric on the back fence of the school in the patterns of flowers and wildlife. These patterns were inspired by the K-3 graders artwork under the directions of Mrs. Rita Legleiter. All who participated learned about collaboration, creativity and gave them the opportunity to be apart of something bigger, a large scale public installation.

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Mythology Drawing

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Time to move out of the gallery. Have to paint the walls, mop the floor, etc. Has to look as good as it was when we started class in January. We’re sad to be moving out of the space, but excited for the opportunities it opens! Look for installations to be appearing all around Hays over the next few weeks because we’re takin’ it to the streets.

Students documented a consecutive 48 hours to create an installation. 

Deidra Fix made a statement on consumerism and saved the containers of everything she drank in 48 hours. While it wasn’t as much as she was expecting, it was still a lot of drinks. While Deidra didn’t save as many beverage containers as she thought she would, this project has become a segway into her next installation.

Justin Longbine set up somewhat of a science experiment. He soaked drawings in water and presented the soaked drawings as his installation. He expected them to deteriorate more, but the drawings all stayed together.

For Josh Novak’s 48 hours, he filmed the process of creating a ceramics piece. He filmed somewhere around 30 hours total for an hour of video. The action of him throwing paired with his music choice was almost mesmerizing. It was interesting to see the process.

Molly Walter took a screen shot of her phone every time she picked it up to check it whether it was to check the time, an email, or a message. She took 208 screen shots total. She printed them off and taped them to the wall. It was fun to read what different texts said and try to speculate what the conversation was like.

Mark Roundtree drew during different periods of time during his 48 hours. On each drawing, he marked when he started and when he stopped.

Amber Smith illustrated cartoons of different events that happened in her 48 hours.

Staysa Berber wrote in script each text message she received. She loved the irony of handwriting something digital. She wrote the texts on lined paper like what grade schoolers use.

Jessica Seifers created a clock using broken glass over her 48 hour period and documented the process. The clock was a beautiful glass, mosaic sculpture.

While this was a short project, each installation was still interesting. It was a fun transitional piece to move into the next set of installations which will be out in the community!

 

The installation class had their first gallery opening Friday night. There was a small turnout of people to the show, but it was a great way for students to get their work out into the community. The class worked hard on all of their projects, so it was great that they had to opportunity to show them in a professional manner.

See the installation class’s work this Friday at the Hays Arts Center Annex, 1010 Main St, Hays, KS. The gallery will be open from 7 – 9 p.m. The FHSU Annual Student Honors Exhibition is also Friday from 7 – 9 at Moss Thorns Gallery in Rarick Hall. Several drawing students will also be exhibiting work there.

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For the next set of installations, students were to explore boundaries and structures. It could be taken literally or figuratively. While some student explored their own structure and some explored boundaries in society, the students advanced quite a bit since the last project. Each student created a piece that was exponentially better than their last piece.

Even though students were allowed to use any materials they needed for the installation, they were required to use a whole piece of 9 ft x 5 ft paper, which became a boundary itself for some students.

Amy Warfield installed three drawn dresses and two real dresses to adress structures that everyone carries with them on a daily basis — clothes. Everyone wears clothes, and while it is a structure in society, it is also a boundary.

Diedra Fix explored the structures of herself. She created a piece that was personal to her. In her silhouette she drew in great detail and realism all the good components that have made her who she is today. Then on the floor was a door matt her silhouette stood on where she drew all of the bad things that had contributed to who she is today.

Sam Schmidt adressed invisible boundaries with a non-objective piece. She created an invisible frame around pieces of paper she cut out in abstract shapes. She conveyed the structures and boundaries that aren’t enforced but that everyone lives by. For her, she said going to college was one of those. It’s not a requirement that is enforced, yet college seems to be the place everyone goes after high school.

Mark Rountree depicted the boundary between life and death by drawing three dead rock stars. With those three drawings on the floor, he placed three mirrors above them for viewers to see themselves in. He said that we can’t reach dead people. We can’t talk to them. So that’s a boundary. But we can connect to them through their music.

Justin Longbine wanted to impose a boundary on the viewer. He drew an unattractive male torso with the arm extending out, but the arm came off the wall and wrapped around, covering up part of the drawing and only showing the torso. Justin wanted to see if people would be curious to go into the “cave” he created to see the rest of the drawing or if the torso would turn people off.

Molly Walter addressed literal structure in her installation by drawing an abandoned building on Main St. She juxtaposed a weaving over the building in an attempt to make it more attractive. Molly explored ways to make abandoned buildings more wanted. In a way, she was weaving the building back into society.

Amber Smith drew three character surrounded by zombies with a fence as the only boundary between the two. While the fence wasn’t much, it was the only form of a boundary of protection for the three characters.

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