VERMILLION, S.D. -- The John A. Day Gallery is presenting a masters of fine arts thesis exhibition this week featuring three artists, Stephanie Vonderahe, Alix Suckstorf and Ashley Lemon. The “ +/- ” will be exhibited until Friday, April 15 with a closing reception that day from 6-8 p.m.
The exhibition shows a variety of artworks, including sculpture, graphics and printmaking. The works being displayed are a representation of their time in graduate school in pursuit of their MFA. The artwork on display will be available for the public to purchase.
VonderAhe’s engraving and mezzotint prints demonstrate the use of intaglio techniques to create fine lines and delicate values needed to depict mushroom forms with lightness and fluidity. The intimacy and labor of the print processes slows her down, opens up a personal meditative state, heightening her senses of observation and contemplation. Reflecting on the growth patterns and forms found in mushrooms, finding thoughts of parallel values to social and human interactions.
Suckstorf is a graphic designer interested in studying how different levels of audience participation affect the design process. This exhibit will combine those interests with pictograms as an aid for communication in health care.
Lemon's sculptural work combines a myriad of unusual mediums and processes to create metaphors out of everyday objects. Her works, at first glance, are whimsical, bright and vibrant. However, upon closer inspection, alternate, darker motifs, commenting on the harsh reality of adult life, rise to the surface.
The exhibition is free and open to the public daily through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.