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Student Union Art Exhibitions Explore Identity

A new year often spurs questions about who we are and who we want to be. The Student Union Fine Arts Program presents two exhibitions to help you explore these questions and encourage your self-journey.

Narratives, by Samuel Paden, and The In-Betweens, by Katy Rogan will be on display beginning Sunday, January 7, in the Student Union.

Save the Dates:

January 9, 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Art exhibition opening receptions
January 11, 6-7 p.m. – Artist talk with Samuel Paden

These events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Recognizing Identity in Art

Beside and Beneath, Samuel Paden mixed media collage

Samuel Paden, Beside and Beneath, 2016, mixed media on canvas

In Narratives, Samuel Paden’s work focuses on the male figure as a catalyst for a conversation on sexual identity, patriarchy within American culture, and gender representation. Using collaged materials from pop culture magazines, Paden moves figures from their original contexts and places them in a layered, abstract manner, challenging viewers’ perception of the subjects and encouraging them to complete the images with narratives of their own. Paden focuses on his subjective experience as an out, gay man in the United States and the ironies and double standards he witnesses in regard to representations of gender and sexuality.

Born and raised in Central Africa to an American father and a Swedish mother, Paden has traveled the world, spending many years in Brooklyn, New York and Reykjavik, Iceland. He now lives in Garden City and uses his diverse background and experience as the catalyst for painting.

Narratives will be on display January 7 – February 9 in the Student Union Fine Arts Gallery. Paden will present an artist talk 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, in the Student Union Fine Arts Gallery. 

Identifying Memory as Self

Cool Interesting Person, Katy Rogan photo collage

Katy Rogan, Cool Interesting Person, 2017, digital collage on sticker paper

In The In-Betweens, Katy Rogan riffs on a body of work she began for her Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition in May 2016. Digitally splicing and layering sections of different 35mm color photographs, she presents her visualization of constructed mental space and the scrambled, optical manifestation of memory. Inspired by the distortions caused when a VHS tape is paused, Rogan’s work explores the fragility and flexibility of memory in order to become more aware of the inherent inventions in recollection. The Student Union Fine Arts program is pleased to exhibit Rogan as an alumna and to introduce her work to a new generation of students.

This exhibition runs January 7 – February 11 in the Student Union Trueblood Pop Up Gallery.

Image Credits: Samuel Paden, Beside and Beneath, 2016, mixed media on canvas; Katy Rogan, Cool Interesting Person, 2017, digital collage on sticker paper

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