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Stan State University Art Galleries

Stan State University Art Galleries

Stan State University Art Galleries

The Stan State University Art Galleries feature the work of students, faculty and professional artists as part of the university's commitment to the fine arts and academic excellence. California State University, Stanislaus is located in the heart of California's Central Valley and is part of the California State University family of campuses.


One University Way
Turlock, California , USA
95382

3D exhibitions

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    Caela Dela Cruz - Hyperpresence

    15 May 2021 – 15 Jun 2021

    My work draws upon two concepts, philosophical ideas of monism and mathematical ideas of observable infinity, loosely applied onto the artistic idea of the image, such that the witnessed visual image — a subjective moment of perception entirely dependent on all of our psychological filters and physiological capabilities, and of which we are both part and participant of — is by nature a physically manifested instant of an inherently infinite thing. For example, all permutations of color combinations on a surface can theoretically exist, even if only as a possibility. It is through human intention in combination with the physical (medium) and dimensional (surface) limitations which we impose on the eternal image, that we are able to retrieve still frames of an ever-present and fluctuating thing. At times I will begin a painting only to find myself completely lost and out of sync with the nascent image, but steadily as days go by and layers build, the image reveals its direction with such holistic clarity and recognition it is as though it was present from the start. It feels as though, in its manifestation, an image is returning to me rather than passing through me — as if it were ever-present. In applying the final marks of a surface, I conclude my part in the life of the existing image, and thus as its painter it ends in a sense for me. But it lives on in its witness, and finds itself without end. My best advice to those curious how best to approach a painting is to simply allow yourself an honest opportunity to be present with it, to allow oneself to have an experience with it, no matter how long or short, mundane or resonant — any experience will do. The image only becomes a truly transcendent thing within the experienced reality of its viewer. I cannot direct it there. The image is subject to any and all integration, whether to a small or large degree, into the lived reality of the viewer, who in the act of viewing has allowed the image to embed itself within the complex reservoirs of the memory, subconscious, and emotions from which each of our subjective realities are constructed. In allowing yourself to have a moment with an image, you invite it to someday return, whether in the form of an idea, memory, motif, or never at all. It is this way that something living through one person is transferred through another, blurring the edges between where one life begins and another ends with such automatic fluidity it suggests the absence of such boundaries altogether.

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    Elias Rosas - A World Constructed For Us

    15 May 2021 – 15 Jun 2021

    The relationship between humans and the natural world has always been an interesting concept to me. We rely on nature; We can not survive without nature. Despite this, we’ve developed a strange relationship with nature where we try to control it. For example, we build structures in cities to keep us away from the wilderness, these structures would not exist without utilizing nature. I started to construct these geometric shapes from the leaves of plants I grow. These geometric shapes took the form of architectural elements. The architectural elements are a commentary on the way humans bend nature to fit their needs. We often take materials from their natural place of origin and put them in foreign areas that better fit our needs. These shapes instead maintain their natural origins while still representing our control to mold them to our wants and needs. Nature will exist after we do. Even under all our control, there are things we can not stop or prevent or hide and that is part of what makes nature beautiful. I want my work to be a mechanism of reflection for the viewer’s relationship with nature and what their impact is. Because I make these pieces out of dead leaves as a form of recycling I want the audience to consider how they can reuse things as well as how important sustainability to protecting the environment.

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    Stan State Queer Art Collective 2021

    05 Jun 2021 – 30 Jun 2021

    Stan State Queer Art Collective present two exhibitions: We Have Risen: Honoring Black Queer Artists, featuring Timothy Brown Jr. and Queerness in Color

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    Tamara Aynaga - Records of Self-Experimentation

    15 May 2021 – 15 Jun 2021

    Over the last year, I have been working mostly with digital photography and projectors. I have been interested in records of self-experimentation and acausal connections. Using photography through projectors and by layering the images, I want to represent the cross-connection between the individual experience when it encounters the natural world and the digital world. At first, I found myself exploring the laying of images with past photography that had not seen the light of day. Within those older images, newer visuals were added with new experiences. I decided these could have a possibility to become installations, so I started to project onto different spaces in my apartment and onto different objects, including myself. Through the duration of time when I was performing these different shoots, I was influenced by New Media to investigate the visual images I was starting to present. The purpose of using this media is to explore the human condition and experience through visual imagery that is manipulated by technology. A couple of my pieces are self-portraits that share my experience with hyperreality and gender. Other images were purely made because we were confined, isolated and alone during the pandemic. Now that we have entered a stage where there might be a glimmer of hope to soon be together, I would like to expand on these ideas and create interactive installations soon.

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    Ia Yang - The World Is A Dreadful Place

    15 May 2021 – 15 Jun 2021

    Painting portraits and garments have always been my passion. I am especially captivated by capturing people’s facial expressions, human figures, and traditional Hmong clothes through direct observations and photographs. The diversity of dynamic color values on human figures and the vibrant colors on the clothes are something that I am always thrilled to paint. I like to challenge myself by rendering fine details as realistic as possible. In the past years, I've been focusing on Hmong culture and historical events in my paintings. As a result of my artwork, people can learn more about Hmong people and acknowledge its existence, expressing not just my respect and appreciation for my culture, but also informing them about it. My recent paintings express my anger and frustration over the brutal Asian hate crime that Asians have been exposed to since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Asian hate crimes have risen by 150 percent since the pandemic started. In the United States, Asians are physically and mentally abused, and others have died as a result of these attacks. Nearly 3,800 hate crimes against Asians have been reported, according to a report by Stop AAPI Hate. My paintings serve as a symbol of hope for a better world that treats all equally, as well as a voice for justice and kindness. My paintings depict our tragic stories and illustrate that we are all human beings who deserve to be treated as such, regardless of skin color or race.

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    BFA & BA '21

    14 May 2021 – 26 Jun 2021

    The California State University, Stanislaus, Art Space Gallery is very excited to present the 2021 BFA/ BA Graduating Senior Exhibition. This year’s virtual exhibition and accompanying catalog showcase the many talented artists graduating from the Department of Art. As we continue to face a global pandemic, our galleries remain closed at a time when the most important exhibition of the year is to be celebrated. But, COVID-19 has not stopped our talented Artists from creating and sharing work that makes the world a better place and the Art Space Gallery is excited to share this work in a virtual format. This accompanying catalog documents some of the best artwork of 2021. The Artist represented in this catalog have shown the hard work and dedication that it takes to be a successful artist. As the Gallery Director and Professor of Art, I have had the distinct pleasure of working with these students in their endeavors to complete their degrees. I have been continually amazed at the perseverance, hard work and commitment that our students have applied to their craft as Artists. I am proud to be able to call these new Artists, my colleagues. I would like to thank the colleagues have been instrumental in this exhibition. Our Faculty for their dedication to their students, Brad Peatross of The College of the Arts for the catalog design and Parks Printing for their expertise in the printing of this catalog. In addition, I would like to extend many thanks to the Instructionally Related Activities Program of California State University, Stanislaus for their gracious support of this exhibition and catalog. Dean De Cocker, Director University Art Gallery California State University, Stanislaus

    latest works

    • Rosa statement
    • Rodriguez statement
    • Paacious statement
    • Larious statement
    • Estrad statement
    • Brown statement
    • QAC21 Wall 04
      310 x 290 cm (h x w)
    • QAC21 Wall 03
      310 x 390 cm (h x w)
    • Brown BIO
      75 x 56 cm (h x w)
    • Brown AS 01
      84 x 56 cm (h x w)
    • QAC21 Wall 02
      310 x 290 cm (h x w)
    • QAC21 Wall 01
      310 x 390 cm (h x w)
    • Elias Rosas

      Alocasia Leaf, 2021
    • Elias Rosas

      Peace Lilies, 2020
    • Elias Rosas

      The Reach, 2020
    • Elias Rosas

      Untitled, 2020
    • Elias Rosas

      We Are Held, 2020
    • Christopher Rodriguez

      You Could Always Look Inside
    • Christopher Rodriguez

      The Shirt I Left in the Closet
    • Christopher Rodriguez

      In My Safe Space
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