Student Art Becomes the Focus
In January, three emerging artist students from Glendale Community College exhibited their photographic artwork in the ASU Gammage auditorium. Brigitte Wiltzer, Arnon Livingstone, and Glade Kynaston were selected as exhibitors through a competitive juried exhibition, and their work was displayed Dec. 27-Jan. 21.
Brigitte Wiltzer’s work is a dissemination of spatial relationships created through deconstructing architecture within the photographic frame. Her images and design are bold interpretations that emphasize line, negative space, and the flattening of the three dimensional space.
Arnon Livingstone’s photographs examine both the ritualistic aspects and intimate relationships that exist within an extended family unit. While immensely personal, universal themes are explored through the juxtaposition of individuals in familiar domestic settings.
Glade Kynaston’s documentary style photographs examine the culture, people and topographical locations inherent to the Caribbean. A unique sensibility and aesthetic is created from his multiple excursions to the area as he examines the undercurrent below the tourist experience.
All three students completed the GCC photographic portfolio track, culminating with the ART290AC class. In this final class, students outline a thematic proposal and bring that idea to fruition, resulting in a body of either digital or film-based work that includes matted images and an artist statement. Students must apply to exhibit outside of the classroom, which led these three to apply for the ASU Gammage exhibit.
Kynaston’s art started as a hobby many years ago, but has become his passion and a new business venture. “The work I completed in ART290AC gave me the confidence to be able to take the images outside GCC and enter them in a public exhibition,” he says. Along with confidence, Kynaston earned some cash. “I sold two prints and booked four portrait sessions, one of which turned into a wedding booking.”