RANDOLPH, NJ – The County College of Morris (CCM) Art and Design Gallery’s next exhibition, “Let the Sun Play Possum,” will feature the thesis work of seven photography technology students who will be graduating in May.
The upcoming installation runs from April 16 to April 26 in the CCM Art and Design Gallery in the Sherman H. Masten Learning Resource Center, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph. A reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held Friday, April 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. The CCM Art and Design Gallery is open Mondays through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
All of the work being displayed in the exhibition was created by students in Professor Hrvoje Slovenc’s Portfolio Preparation course. Since February, the students have been working on various pieces to showcase the photographic skills they acquired during their course of study in the Photography Technology Program. The students each developed a unique concentration that is visible in every photo.
Melissa Efrus, of Springfield, in her work weaves the prophetic and poetic, juxtaposed against erotic themes. She combines a mix of analog, digital and multimedia work, ranging from image manipulation, Polaroids, historical techniques, textiles, text and drawings.
Jessica Schaub, of Wharton, redefines the meaning of the word “home” in her work. For the “Photography Technology Program Thesis” exhibition, Schaub recreated parts of the house in which she grew up.
The artwork from Kahli Suggs-Barnes, of Succasunna, focuses on a distorted, incomplete sense of self. Through a series of manipulated self-portraits, using collages, weaves and patterns, Kahli explores detachment toward one’s own identity.
Brian Cole, of Netcong, is interested in the complex, emotional profile of young people born and raised in the era of social media. He wonders whether loneliness, depression, anxiety and a lack of social skills are the result of experiencing the world primarily through a phone or a computer screen.
Inspired by her father’s work as an architect, Alicia Stone, of Hackettstown, creates and photographs dioramas of idealized domestic spaces. In her photographs, everything is in order, and everything is where it is supposed to be. Her portrayed interiors exist in the space between fantasy and reality.
Jeremy Guevara, of Dover, is interested in the failure of the idea of the American dream, and the cultural norms adopted by the generation before his own. More specifically, his black and white photographs offer a critique of a lifestyle defined by a 9 to 5 blue-collar job.
The staged wedding photographs taken by Stacy Moen, of Oak Ridge, aim to capture defining moments during a wedding day. In her words, a wedding is a journey that begins with two people intertwining their separate lives into a committed lifetime together.
For information on the academic programs offered through the Art and Design department at CCM, visit https://tinyurl.com/y9kzbxqf.
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Photos by Jessica Schaub and Alicia Stone featured in the exhibition “Let the Sun Play Possum” at the County College of Morris Art and Design Gallery.