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April 10, 2014

Real-world gallery experience

'B.F.A. 2014 Senior Exhibition' opens at Plattsburgh State Art Museum

PLATTSBURGH — Fracking and corporate greed are two of the themes in graphic designer Matthew Butterly’s works in “B.F.A. 2014 Senior Exhibition" presented by the Plattsburgh State Art Museum and Plattsburgh State Art Department.

The exhibition opens Saturday and features more than 200 student works. 

A senior from Saratoga Springs, Butterly said he wanted to put out art in a way that could be easily read and be in the world without a gallery setting.

“I’ve always been into art,” he said. “I used to be an engineering major. I decided I wanted to put art and engineering together and thought graphic design is in between.”

His new work is illustrative.

“It mostly shows issues in the world, political and environmental issues mostly," Butterly said. "I have a new packaging with issues with the legalization of marijuana, how we are fracking in the world and mining for oil and how the 1 percent is ruling the world.”



Rachele Holt’s subject matter is the female figure, generally the face. She’s concerned with gesture and motion, and her medium is printmaking.

“I like the graphic nature of it,” said Holt, who was born in Canada and has lived in Plattsburgh since 2007. “I like the mass production of making a drawing you can use several different times. I also like the indirectness of the drawing because you draw it out and carve it or etch into different material and you print it into different material.”

Holt’s large-scale diptychs are a mixture of relief and mono-printing.

“I carved into a linoleum block and printed onto paper, and layer that print with mono-printing,” she said. “I generally use myself. I don’t have many models.”

The concept of her series is based on social anxiety.

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