Opening Night: Parsons BFA Photography Exhibition
You can’t pigeonhole Parsons students to any one genre, a fact that was prominently on display last night for the opening of the BFA Photography Exhibition at Milk Gallery.
The exhibit, part of the Parsons Festival 2014, displayed a mix of media projects influenced by film, design, fine art, video and sound under the overarching theme of interaction. The gallery transformed into a community of supporters for the graduating students, from family members presenting flowers, to friends sharing a beer, to rising seniors searching for insight of what to expect for the upcoming year as well as a possible path to having their own names displayed among the school’s most successful graduates.
The one constant threading through the exhibit’s varied projects was the daring to incorporate anything and everything, even personal relationships, into their presentations.
Jonathan Gardenhire decided to add a platform of hardbound books to support his cultural portrait pieces. “The books represent my researching of how to be black," he said. Namhong Jo presented his creative process by displaying objects on a small coffee table to represent the individual parts of his process and their connection to the finished product. Not all of the interactions were through inanimate objects as Lilly Arsenault’s “live installation” introduced us to her best friend (who was there to support Lilly) through a photo series documenting their close relationship. “We’re each other’s antithesis," she said.
Be sure to check out the rest of Parsons Festival 2014 and visit the BFA Parsons Photography Exhibit on display now in Milk Gallery until May 30.
Photography by Siyaka Taylor-Lewis