Master's students show colors in 'RGB' exhibition

featured photoSUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery will feature work from three graduate students in “RGB: Master of Arts Thesis Exhibition,” opening with a free public reception 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 4.

The exhibition will include pieces by Roey Bannon, Gail Bering-Porter and Brian Schwartz. “RGB” stands for both the first letter of the artists’ first names and for “red-green-blue,” the term used to describe color on a computer monitor. They use an array of multimedia to produce graphic design creations, but pursue different directions.

“My art is a visual dialogue that strives to communicate with the viewer,” Bannon said. “This exhibition is about seeing, connecting and uniting us through a silent conversation in which we can share our thoughts, ideas and memories.”

For the exhibition, Bannon decided to focus on how photography communicates to the audience. “I hope my art will reveal the value of photography as a tool for graphic design as well as an independent tool for communication,” Bannon said. “I hope the audience will view photography as more than something used to capture the ephemeral snapshot and to look at the environment from a new perspective.”

Bering-Porter used cloth as a medium in creating art and found that the process of creation is much the same with graphic design. “I was intrigued and delighted by the similar processes in both mediums for developing design and laying down color,” she said.

Bering-Porter sees parallels in the layering of her cloth artwork to layering in computer software. “The artist forms color-filled shapes, combines them into layers and adds layers on to layers until the pieces become unified,” Bering-Porter noted. “Regardless of medium—cloth, wood, paint, computer, film, clay—all endeavor to give form to thought and to make ideas visual.”

Schwartz’s work carries a narrative thread on life’s moments that are good and bad. “Life is a journey through winding roads, some bright and pleasant and some dark and disturbing,” Schwartz said. “Although our roads take many twists and turns, it might just be the journey itself that defines and transforms us, rather than the destination.”

His own path included teaching broadcasting to high school students before returning to graduate studies. “My journey has taken me to the culmination of a master’s program that has given me the opportunity and the ability to focus my studies in Web design, interactive design and print media,” Schwartz said.

The master’s thesis exhibition, a requirement of students graduating with a master of art degree from SUNY Oswego, will run concurrently with the 45th annual Juried Student Art Exhibition through April 27.

All Tyler Art Gallery events are free and open to the public. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. On weekends, visitors may park in any campus lot free of charge. For additional information and for persons with disabilities needing assistance to visit the gallery, call 312-2113.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Featured photo—Roey Bannon’s photography is among the artwork of three graduate students that will be on display in “RGB: Master of Arts Thesis Exhibition” during April at SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery. The exhibition featuring Bannon, Gail Bering-Porter and Brian Schwartz will open with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 4, and run through April 27.

(Posted: Mar 12, 2008)