ASYLUM

 

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USF’s Centre Gallery is excited to bring you Asylum by USF Alumnus, Jake Northrup and Slawek Kozub. In this collaborative painting exhibition, Jake Northrup and Slawek Kozub are exploring the polarized and unsettling quality of two separate strains of work, addressing similar atmospheres through opposing lexicons. Separately both artists deal with dark humor, mystery, and the goal of sparking the viewer’s curiosity and discomfort. Kozub addresses this front with a visceral presence that emphasizes texture and visual disorientation. Northrup confronts these issues through a flattening of space and a poignantly naïve representation of its inhabitants. In allowing these works to share a room, the artists hope to allow a dialogue to exist between their differences.

 

 

Centre Gallery
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, MSC 4100
Tampa, Florida 33620

Phone: (813) 974-5464

Fax: (813) 974-5466

Email: sa-centregallery@usf.edu 

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Uncharted Discoveries

 

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Centre Gallery is excited to announce our first fall show: UNCHARTED DISCOVERY: A Visual Journal of Extraordinary Objects in Our Midst by Laura Kmetz. The show includes installations of mixed media drawings, maps and stories of things fragile and discarded. Natural ephemera and broken fragments are archived and provided fictional histories, reinforcing concepts of reclamation and assignation. Kmetz reflects on the magnificence of things discovered, uncovering exotic forms seemingly hidden in plain sight.

This diverse installation offers multiple points of departure. Works on paper reveal the artist’s aesthetic. Paintings ascribe beauty and significance to the ordinary. Maps trace the path of her creative process, documenting prior associations and forming new ones. Objects, sealed in shadow boxes, fascinate in and of themselves.

Laura Kmetz holds a BFA from the University of Louisville and MA from Columbia University. She exhibited in several New York City galleries over eighteen years, and was a teacher of art in New York City schools. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida and her work can be viewed at Kmetz ArtandDesign.com.

Our opening reception, DessART, will be the second Monday of the show Aug. 22nd from 12-1 pm. Dessert and refreshments will be provided.
The Closing Reception will be held on Friday Aug. 26th from 7-9 pm. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
All Centre Gallery exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public.

 

 

Centre Gallery
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, MSC 4100
Tampa, Florida 33620

Phone: (813) 974-5464

Fax: (813) 974-5466

Email: sa-centregallery@usf.edu
Summer hours: M- Th. 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

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Oozing Attitudes

 

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Tampa, FL (Jul.  25- Aug. 5, 2016)

The Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida is excited to announce Oozing Attitude by Brandon Geurks. The work explores the anxiety of being inside a body through the creation of ambiguous, shifting characters. These figures are perpetually caught in throes of transformation, contorting their flesh to serve as a disguise. However, their flesh has its own mindless desires, which it will act on. This conflict between intent and instinct is at the core of his body of work.

Geurks’ explore issues of identity in his work, particularly the acts of idealization and objectification. As these figures attempt to pass for social acceptability, they perform gender. While they occupy a tenuous third position, they are pressured to mold themselves into conformity.

All of his figures are struck with this question of assimilation, but they do not all respond in the same way. Some are better suited to disguise, using illustration as a cloak. Some are gooey and awkward, threatening to fall apart at any moment. Some choose to reject disguise altogether, purposefully fashioning their own culture through appropriated elements of others.

The artist is a painter and freelance illustrator who was born in Ohio. He got his Bachelors of Fine Arts at University of Central Florida in 2013. In addition to being a fine artist, he also works regularly with metal and punk bands across the world. In 2014, he was voted “Best Heavy Metal Visual Artist” by Orlando Weekly. He has worked with bands such as Black Sabbath, Melt Banana, Marissa Nadler, Pallbearer, and Yautja.  He currently resides in Tampa, Florida. In 2017, he will be receiving his Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Florida.
Our opening reception, DessART, will be the first Monday of the show Jul. 25th from 12-1 pm. Dessert and refreshments will be provided.
The Closing Reception will be held on Friday Aug. 5th from 7-9 pm. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

All Centre Gallery exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public.

 

Centre Gallery
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, MSC 4100
Tampa, Florida 33620

Phone: (813) 974-5464

Fax: (813) 974-5466

Email: sa-centregallery@usf.edu
Summer hours: M- Th. 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

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We Must Be Blind

 

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Tampa, FL (Jul. 11 – 21, 2016)

 

The Centre Gallery is pleased to announce our first summer show, We Must Be Blind by Josué Charles.

The artist is currently in his final year as an undergraduate majoring in Fine arts at University of South Florida. He is inspired by Picasso, who is a well-known artist due to his controversy and creativity. The Charles thinks his work serves Picasso’s philosophy, which is best explained by one of his famous quotes: “The world today does not make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?” As artists we have a duty, and that is to capture and imitate what we see through our works. The artist seeks to capture what is unseen and then utilize subtlety of things making them to be seen. Charles’ records time in his works as it acts as a statement to those who will come to it at a later date. Pablo Picasso once asked “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” This is the question the artist refers to when he explains what he does and why he does it. Subtlety of things has fascinated Charles through how small aspects in our lives have been well-captured by art. It is therefore his aim to point such minor things and then share them with the viewers. He has always resulted not to be so open to the viewers and that explain why he has creates pieces in a curious way.

 

The artist believes there is much we can do with art that artists are not doing. This is why he is inspired by the Flint water tragedy. His hopes are to raise awareness and funding to help them through doing this exhibition. After reading about the deaths of the children and adults who died due to the infected water, he decided to represent them figuratively. There is nothing honorable about their death as they died from drinking water, which is one of the key elements to every human.

 

 

 

Our opening reception, DessART, will be the first Monday of the show Jul. 11th from 7- 9 pm. Dessert and refreshments will be provided.
The Closing Reception will be held on the first Friday of the show, Jul 21st from 7-9 pm.

All Centre Gallery exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public.

 

Centre Gallery
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, MSC 4100
Tampa, Florida 33620

Phone: (813) 974-5464

Fax: (813) 974-5466

Email: sa-centregallery@usf.edu

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CRE Creative Works Showcase 2016

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Tampa, FL (April 4- 15, 2016)

The Common Reading Experience (CRE) program is excited to present a unique event for students and the USF community: the CRE Creative Works Showcase.

The CRE Creative Works Showcase is an opportunity for students to work on a creative project inspired by this year’s CRE book, The Complete Persepolis. The purpose of the Showcase is to use an art form(s) to expand upon a book theme and express or communicate about it artistically in the selected verbal/nonverbal form so that others can appreciate or learn more about the theme/book.

Works of art will be accepted from individuals or groups for projects in the areas of Music, Dance, Creative Writing, Theatre, Video, and Visual Art. The show will be curated by the Centre Gallery Staff. Prizes will be awarded for best in show. For more information and submission guidelines, please visit http://www.lib.usf.edu/common-read/.

Visitors to the Centre Gallery will be exposed to a variety of student works of art (visual, music, theatre, dance, video, creative writing) that reflect students’ point of view about an element of The Common Reading Experience book– story, mood, theme, era, character(s), etc.

The CRE Creative Works Showcase will be the culminating event of this year’s common reading program and a featured event during USF Week. The show will unite the campus community in a discussion about diverse ideas, experiences, and points of view. Attending the showcase will encourage visitors and artists alike to engage in about issues relevant in today’s global society.

For more information about the Common Reading Experience, please visit http://www.lib.usf.edu/common-read/.

Our opening reception, DessART, will be the first Monday of the show April 4th from 12-1 pm. Dessert and refreshments will be provided.
The Closing Reception will be held on Friday April 15th from 7-9 pm. Snacks, refreshments and performances will be provided. All Centre Gallery exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public.

 

 

Centre Gallery

University of South Florida

4202 East Fowler Avenue,

MSC 4100 Tampa, Florida 33620

Phone: (813) 974-5464

Fax: (813) 974-5466

Email: sa-centregallery@usf.edu

 

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