Advanced art students’ works at the 2-D and 3-D Invitational

Ellen Davis – Nightmare Fuel


UAA Student Union gallery presents the 2-D and 3-D Invitational on March 20. The show features works from upper-division art students selected by UAA art faculty. The pieces are made from a variety of mediums, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional.

Students’ works come from the following classes a variety of upper division printmaking, photography, sculpture, painting and drawing classes.

Gillian Brinnand-Nannestad, a Bachelor of Fine Arts major focusing on sculpture, has a piece from his advanced sculpture class in the show. It is a found object sculpture titled “Knife Fork Spoon” made from plastic utensils shaped to look like a flower.

“I think so many everyday objects have an intrinsic beauty,” Brinnand-Nannestad said. “I had a box of clear plastic forks left over from a party, and when I opened the box I noticed how the light caught the curves of the prongs.”

Ray Dummar, majoring in art has two pieces in the show from his experimental photography class and intermediate photography class.

His first piece, “Ice” from his experimental photography class, is a photo of an ice ball taken with his hand-built pinhole camera. He made the camera in three days using 197 different parts that shoot photos with 35 mm film. The image of the ice was transferred onto wood with xylene chemical solvent.

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His other piece, “Dinner with a View,” is a photo of a table with plates, glasses and silverware set up in the snow near Sheep Creek.

“I had issues with the cranberry juice in the glasses freezing on me, so (I) had to keep changing it out to keep from getting ice crystals in it,” Dummar said.

Nic Sweet, who is working on his Masters of Art Education through UAF, has a piece from advanced printmaking. The work, titled “The Traveler,” is a monoprint. Artists create monoprints by putting ink on a smooth surface like glass and transferring it to paper or canvas, resulting in a single print.

Sweet’s first experiences of looking at art were in Time Life books, where he saw works from Leonardo da Vinci, Francisco Goya and Rembrandt.

“At the time I was blown away by the nudes … so many drawings of naked people! I still remember my mother explaining to me that nudity didn’t used to be something that people were so uptight about,” Sweet said.

On the darker side of art, Ellen Davis, majoring in fine arts, has captured what most would find in their nightmares in her photograph for the show, titled “Nightmare Fuel.”

“It depicts a headless man in a clown suit using one hand to grind up puppets in a meat grinder, and his other hand is inside another puppet, who is watching the carnage below. I used bright, cheerful colors and patterns that are generally associated with happier themes,” Davis said.


The 2-D and 3-D Invitational will show in the Student Union Gallery through April 9.

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