Joanna worked to capture the complexities of the people closest to her. She tried to include elements of the "social landscape" in her pieces, and found that people were more alike than different, and it was society that gave the illusion of popularity and importance. Her work has human subjects, combined with bright colors that are normally not included in portraits. Her work borders on the line between realism and abstract art. The faces of her subjects include abstract elements, making the work her own. I think one of Joanna's most prominent pieces was "Self Portrait," which was made with acrylic paint on wood. The large, close-up features drew my attention to the painting and its interesting brush strokes.
Alex, on the other hand, used photography as his medium. In his art, he captures the "world inside of his head" through unspecified subjects and dreamlike images. He calls his art "an escape from the 'real world.'" Alex's pieces provide a window into his mind. One of my favorite photos by Alex is "Somewhere II." This photograph shows a girl with her hair blowing in the wind on a beach. I'm curious as to the identity of the girl. Her face is covered by her windblown hair. I'm inclined to try and discover more about her and what is happening in the picture.
"Art should never have a limit because there are infinite possibilities and outcomes," says Jinny Kang, the final artist in the show. Jinny's art specializes in the "randomness" factor. She tries to capture human emotions through seemingly random images. Jinny says that her art is her way to escape from the oppression put on her by her peers and her family. One of her major pieces is "Acknowledge Me." This is a self-portrait done by Jinny that shows her from a top point of view. I believe that it is meant to represent people looking down on her. She uses lots of space, which makes her figure stand out on the blank background.
Overall, the Deep Run High School Gallery was a pleasant experience. I felt as if I was in a world of art. Even the white walls and plain ceiling were transformed into works of art. I felt an abundance of art forms all around me. I was able to lose myself in the works of each artist. I could try to see the similarities between Joanna's subjects, try to discern the identity of the people in Alex's photographs, or figure out the emotions portrayed in Jinny's images. The gallery was an amazing experience, and I can't wait for the next show!