Fall 2023 BFA Exhibition: Pure Perspective

Reviewer: Mark De Wolf Ott

Venue: SVSU University Art Gallery

The exhibition is a presentation of the works of SVSU Bachelor of Fine Arts students: Trent Caukins, Sandusky, MI and Nichole Szymanski, Westland, MI. It serves as a culmination of their undergraduate degree program from one of the following areas: ceramics, computer illustration, graphic design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. 

Szymanski uses techniques of Chine colie: a printmaking processes creating a thin (usually colored) paper sandwiched between the printing paper and the printed image, like etching or lithography and Intaglio: engraving or meant to resemble engraving, much like US currency. Her work varies in size and includes a muslin piece hanging from the ceiling. They are abstract in style, but they also are organic. Her inspiration is Franz Kline, an abstract expressionist from the 40’s and 50’s. 

Caukins paints with acrylics and inks. He creates computer illustrations to produce some of the large two-dimensional pieces. According to his artist statement he is influenced by Andy Warhol and 80’s photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. His series called “Good Pup” does emulate Warhol and the “Kennel Series” somewhat resembles Mapplethorpe’s work but not as severe. 

Both artists have included ceramics in the show and are different in style from each other’s work as you would expect. The sculptures are both representational and abstract and are extraordinary. 

Some brief examples can be seen on the university Gallery web site under current exhibitions. 

The Show runs until December 15th at the University Art Gallery in Arbury Fine Arts Center on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University. The hours are Monday thru Saturday 11 to 3 pm, Thursday until 6:30 pm. Even with busy December days ahead the show is well worth a visit to campus. I would encourage you to go and experience these clever students’ art. 











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