NYIT students and staff were given a unique opportunity to display their talent in this year’s “Summer in the City” exhibition at the university’s NYIT Gallery 61 in Manhattan. Drawing from personal and historical inspirations, the exhibit includes everything from concept drawings to designer ad campaigns, and pop-up books to pinhole photographs.
In keeping with the summertime theme, Assistant to the English Department Aiping Gao’s origami creations include butterflies, fish, flowers—geometric multicolored objects that float across the gallery walls. Other three-dimensional works include a pop-up book by Department of Fine Arts staff member Helen Bayona, who was inspired by her son’s early interest in books, and glass houses and doll’s heads in neon green and clear made by Assistant to the President Lindsey Jochets. She used the “lost wax” process, creating a mold using a resin rubber material and then filled it with wax. When the resin, has set plaster and fiberglass are poured over the mold, which is filled with glass and crystal. Reflecting NYIT’s focus on incorporating technology into the artistic process, Bayona said she would like to create an app for the book, including interactivity with the images, word recognition, and definitions.
Among the photos on exhibit are familiar New York City scenes reproduced in pinhole photographs by Carolina Gunnarsson, a member of the Office of Communications and Marketing. “Basically, I use a light-proof box with a small hole in one side,” she explains. “I let light from a scene pass through this single point, which then projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. In my case I use 35mm film.”
NYIT Art Director Diego Rios served as creative director and photographer for two photographs on display that are part of ad campaigns for Louis Vuitton, Victoria’s Secret, and Ralph Lauren. The images produced, he notes, recall Helmet Newton’s dramatic photo shoots.
Associate Bursar Teri Ann Proschuk found her artistic inspiration in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Working from her imagination, site sketches, and photos of the area, she uses oil paint with an almost three-dimensional impasto style, building up thick layers of color, and often scrapes areas off, creating a heavily textured surface.
Students in NYIT School of Architecture and Design contributed initial concept drawings, models, and sketch books from their affordable housing and Natatorium projects.
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