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Spring 2016 - Invented Forms and Imaginary Objects

Spring 2016 Invented Forms

Invented Forms and Imaginary Objects
January 19 - February 12, 2016

Gallery Reception: Thursday, January 21, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Reynolds Gallery is pleased to begin the New Year with Invented Forms and Imaginary Objects, an exhibition of digital images by Department of Visual Arts, Professor of Graphic Design, Brett DeBoer.

Artist's Statement—


Religious and cultural belief has provided us with a hierarchy of celestial beings. They are represented to us as archangels at the highest rank and collectively as guardian angels as a general group. The guardians have very specific duties to manage (biography or kindness) and the archangels have a wider range of responsibilities. If any of this is so, what does it or they look like?

The images seen here are invented forms. Each is personified by a name loosely originating in either religious beliefs (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) or ancient language root words (Greek, Roman, Norman-French). That name is associated with the characteristic the angel has been assigned. They are not meant to be literal interpretations, however.

The majority of the images originated as photographs focusing on texture, lighting or motion effects. Then some of the more "obscure" tools found within the Adobe design programs Illustrator & Photoshop were employed. The tools in Illustrator were primarily used to create drawn and 3-D elements. Photoshop was mostly used for collaging and digital painting.

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