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UCO Presents Back-To-Back Nights of Art and Design Exhibits

“Plate 6” by Mark Zimmerman, M.F.A., will be displayed in his exhibit “A Fragile Existence,” opening with a reception from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Melton Gallery, located in the Art and Design Building on campus.

Sept. 23, 2014

Media Contact: Angela Morris, Staff Writer, UCO College of Fine Arts and Design, 405-974-3752

UCO PRESENTS BACK-TO-BACK NIGHTS OF ART AND DESIGN EXHIBITS

The University of Central Oklahoma College of Fine Arts and Design will present two exhibit openings featuring professional photography and student designs in back-to-back events Oct. 2-3.           

Both exhibits are free and open to the public.           

The Melton Gallery will open “A Fragile Existence,” a photography exhibit featuring the work of Central assistant professor of mass communication Mark Zimmerman, M.F.A., with a reception from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 2.           

The Melton Gallery is located in the UCO Art and Design Building.           

“A Fragile Existence,” explores a battle with breast cancer fought by Zimmerman’s wife.        

Zimmerman began his career as a photographic journalist, his work appearing in the “LA Times,” “USA Today,” “ABC News,” “Washingtonpost.com” and “CNN.com,” among others.    

Switching gears to the fine arts side of photography, Zimmerman completed his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oklahoma in 2011.           

“While I now mainly produce artistic pieces, my work still holds true to a documentary element,” Zimmerman said.           

Consistent with this element as well as the concept of fragility, “A Fragile Existence” utilizes mirrored wet-plate collodion negatives to document this fight with breast cancer.           

In addition to being fragile, the mirror canvases are meant to serve as a reflective aesthetic and challenge how people view appearances, especially when it comes to illness.           

“These images appearing on thin fragile mirrors relates to both the delicateness of life and the vanity-minded society that America has accepted as the norm,” said Zimmerman.           

“As a viewer interacts with photographs of my wife’s fight with cancer, the impermanence of life is reflected,” Zimmerman concluded.           

The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 2.           

The Department of Design will open “Rivals,” an exhibit featuring InkTank and Clocktower students’ customized designs of vinyl toys from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Letterpress Lab, 1020 Waterwood Parkway in Edmond.             

The steam-punk inspired vinyl toys, called Rivals, were originally designed by Central design alumnus James Hugo and his business partner Chase Layman as a kickstarter project.           

Hugo and Layman then collaborated with the UCO Department of Design, requesting that students of the on-campus graphic design studios InkTank and Clocktower customize a handful of these toys.           

Customized designs from students include individualized painting and texturizing of each toy as well as added weaponry and environmental settings.           

“The goal of the project was to not only help increase the business of James and Chase’s endeavor but to also give graphic design students the opportunity to work with a three-dimensional product,” said Amy Johnson, M.F.A., chair of the department of design.           

“Students also got to see how to take a great idea, like James and Chase’s, and then turn that into a tangible reality.”           

The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 3.  The Letterpress Lab is open by appointments only.  To make an appointment, call 405-974-5200.           

For a complete listing of UCO College of Fine Arts and Design events and performances visit www.uco.edu/cfad/events.

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Editor’s Note: Download art associated with this release at www.uco.edu/photo/Zimmerman09.14.

Cutline: “Plate 6” by Mark Zimmerman, M.F.A., will be displayed in his exhibit “A Fragile Existence,” opening with a reception from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Melton Gallery, located in the Art and Design Building on campus.