Selected Works - A Senior Art Show by Alex Knoepflmacher
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts will present an exhibition of photographic portraits by senior Alex Knoepflmacher. The exhibition, entitled Selected Works, will be on view daily in the Guggenheim Gallery of Whitman College, April 9 through 18. An opening reception, where visitors can meet the artist, will be held Thursday, April 12, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
Knoepflmacher is a senior in the Department of Anthropology and pursuing a certificate in the Program in Visual Arts. His senior thesis exhibition combines his photography work as an artist and his interest in human relationships borne out of his studies in anthropology. “I don’t use my photography to elucidate or explain social interactions in the way ethnographic text might,” states Knoepflmacher. “In fact, I question the ability of photography as a medium to reveal anything objective about my subject. My intent instead is to offer the viewer a look into how I, subjectively as the artist, see my subject and the world. Ultimately I’m most interested in an artist’s ability to transmit or cultivate a feeling within the audience.”
The subjects in Knoepflmacher’s photographs are, therefore, primarily of people he knows - friends and family. He notes, “I try to strike a balance between being an active member of what is going on in the photograph with needing to remove myself to frame a shot. In this body of work anthropology enters my art by increasing my self-awareness as the artist/researcher.”
During his time in the Visual Art Program Knoepflmacher has explored printmaking and drawing, as well as photography. Last year he participated in a Princeton Atelier course on making murals led by Jane Golden, Founder and Director of the renowned Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and mural artist Shira Walinsky. His involvement in the project, which included execution of a mural painted on an industrial building in Trenton, led to a summer internship with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
The Guggenheim Gallery in Whitman College is open to the public daily from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 12th
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
April 9 - 18, 2012
9 AM - 5 PM
Guggenheim Gallery in Whitman College
Free and open to the public