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Alumni Work at the Tang

Posted: 03/11/2011

Skidmore’s Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery will present an eclectic mix of artwork by four of its former students in the museum’s Third Annual Alumni Invitational. The show will open with a public reception on Saturday, March 26, at 4:30 p.m. and will run through August 14.

Below are brief descriptions of the four artists and their work:

Josh Dorman ’88 works with antique topographical maps to create dense, detailed collage paintings that layer his own ink and acrylic drawings with scientific illustrations and 19th century engravings. Teeming with incongruous wildlife, composite buildings, and outmoded technologies, Dorman’s fantastical landscapes conjure up dream-like worlds where histories, time, and space collide.

Bradley Castellanos ’98, whocreatesmixed-media paintings, begins withlarge-format color photographs to which he adds layers of oil and acrylic paint and resin. Exploring the relationship between nature and civilization, Castellanos depicts figures in rural, forested environments, reveling in the solace of a land that simultaneously shows the beauty of nature and the signs of human destruction.

Johnny Swing ’84 repurposes everyday materials, from U.S. coins and baby food jars to wheelbarrows and satellite dishes, as he creates furniture, lighting, and other functional sculptures. Combining fine art and design, Swing’s eclectic sculptures are meticulously created; Quarter Lounge, for example,uses over 5,000 quarters, which required 27,000 welds to an intricate stainless steel substructure. Swing’s work has been featured annually at New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

Shellburne Thurber shoots photographs that depict interior spaces where private histories and narratives unfold. From psychoanalyst’s empty offices to abandoned homes, her photographs activate seemingly ordinary, everyday sites into reflective, psychologically charged spaces. Thurber’s work has often been linked to the “Boston School,” a loosely affiliated group of photographers whose work in the mid-1970s turned inward onto private lives and spaces.