CROSS RIVER, N.Y. - The Rite of Spring Art Exhibition, featuring ceramic works, sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs, and more, is currently on display in the John Jay High School Art Gallery. We asked some students about the process of creating their pieces and what they represent:
Abby Scinicariello: "I went to the Color Factory in New York City and this project that I did, I did different techniques, like cropping and lighting. So, I [went to] different areas and took an angle shot that you wouldn’t really expect. I chose this one because I liked the way they blended together because they have similar colors in the same photo."
Madison Kiley: "I wanted to concentrate on using mirrors to create an abstract art. I liked how it kind of looked abstract and you can really see my brother’s face."
Abby Dodes: "I was inspired by an artist. His name is Eric Hsu. He did a series called NYC-Go, where he basically just went all over the city to all the different boroughs and took pictures of all of them to make a series out of it. That’s what I did. The top one was in Midtown Manhattan and I wanted to get a shot of the high-rise buildings from an angle so it looks kind of cool. The other one was in Brooklyn. It was at the pier in Brooklyn and it was kind of a rainy day. So, it was like kind of foggy. It was also later in the day, so it was kind of dark and then the carousel kind of lit up. I edited them so that they would both have kind of blue hues, so they would look better together as a series."
Quinn Sunderwirth: "My concentration for AP Art is phobias. For most of my pieces, it will be like a message and it will have the phobia name in it. I have fear of heights. Instead of it being from like an airplane or on top of a rollercoaster, I thought it would be cool if you liked looked down. For all my AP submissions, I have to submit 12 concentration pieces. I’ve done fear of clowns, fear of the dark, fear of bugs, fear of not having a phone. I have a whole series of phobias."
Eve Chipman: "I saw a rubber duck in the house that I didn’t know we had. It was a like a mini one. So, I went on Amazon and I searched a rubber duck and this giant one came up. I called him Richard. I got him. So, I decided to make a ceramic duck in honor of Richard, and I called her Martha. Her head comes off. She’s my piggy bank. Last year, I had always been crafting using the wheel. I never really liked doing hand-building, and this was all hand-building. So, I decided it was a nice opportunity to try and do that basically for the first time. For her colors, I didn’t want her to be basic yellow, so I decided to make her funky. I love her. She’s weird."
Morgan Johnson: "This one is mine, the jar. I made a bunch of them. I just decided to put this one in because it’s my favorite. Basically, we had to pick a concentration and I decided that I liked making the jars because I thought it was fun to try and figure out how to make the lid fit into it perfectly, because it kind of takes a lot of technique to do that. Then I wanted to try and make it a little more interesting, so I looked up different kind of jars online. Then I found ones that had the knob as the flower, and I liked that. So, I decided to make a bunch of different sized jars with different flowers as the knob."
Alex Kasel: "This is my piece. It’s called, ‘I Can’t Hear Myself Think, Can You?’ It’s a self-portrait of me under a lake of ice. Then I’m also standing on top of it, watching myself struggle underneath. It’s part of a series we did in Drawing and Painting II this year. We were supposed to come up with a theme for a few of our homework pieces, and mine was “Trapped.” Before this one, I did someone inside of a washing machine and someone coming out of a mirror. So, this is the third and final piece. It kind of represents the frustration I felt at the time I made it."
Paul Esposito: "This is my painting. It’s called 'Artist Block.' It’s one of my first acrylic paintings. I chose this for the show because it’s kind of a really good self-portrait of me that I thought was cool. I kind of just have all these creative ideas coming out of me, which is why it’s called 'Artist Block.' Sometimes, it’s hard to be creative in your piece but also make it look nice. So, it was really hard. I tried to include stuff about me, just kind of a bunch of random stuff also. Just to fill the void of creativity."
Samantha Ofer: "This one is basically just this building that I saw when I went to Italy this summer. I did it using watercolors and markers and just a lot of different things. It was a lot of fun."
Jonah Linz: I just wanted to draw myself in a weird way. And then I kind of got into the mindset of this guy up here. He’s kind of me and then all this other stuff is just like a ship, like a vessel kind of for him. And you can see it’s kind of coming apart. I can’t actually stretch myself that much. It was just supposed to be for the portrait project. That’s pretty much all."
Drew Shapiro: "I’ve been into this comic or Manga look. It’s particularly inspired by one artist named Junji Ito, who does horror Manga. One cool thing about this, when I was sort of coming up with the way I wanted to look, was I started out with it looking a little less human. But I found that with the uncanny valley effect, it sort of became creepier when I made it more human looking. Originally, it didn’t have this human-like mouth. I decided to add that, and I found that to be scarier."