Carlson Gallery exhibit showcases digital art
Posted Feb. 29, 2008

Kitty Hubbard’s exhibit, “re:memory,” brings new creativity with her digital displays at the Irene Carlson Gallery at the University of La Verne.

Hubbard, assistant professor of art at the University of New York College of Brockport features two portfolios called “Born Digital” and “Memento Mori.”

They are a display of the organic, abstract and the digital medium.

As flowers and fruits have always been themes of life and death, or order versus chaos, Hubbard captures these images with a sense of personification.

In her “Born Digital” segment, the images taken by Hubbard suggest the veins of a flower, similar to the veins of a human.

In a statement describing her work being displayed at ULV, Hubbard said, “As photographs [tulip petals] lose their identity as flowers and what is visible are brilliant colors, textures and lines that suggest flesh, veins, strands of hair, very visceral.”

Her “Born Digital” display uses a variety of leaves, garden cuttings and tulips.

The display of “Memento Mori,” a Latin term meaning “remember thy death,” portrays the same beautiful flowers in her “Born Digital” segment and shows them going through the stages of their life.

These two exhibits of work portray the themes of life and death, and the idea that something can be “born” digitally. Images can also be captured at the beginning of their existence, as well as at their end.

Freshman Jose Becerra was in shock that there could be such little space for such beautiful works of art.

“I really think this school should invest in a bigger art gallery for photography,” Becerra said.

Hubbard is well on her way to making it to the top, and to some, she has already done so.

Her work has been presented in more than 60 exhibitions across the United States and in Germany at the Basiskultur­fabrik Gallery in Neustrelitz.

She has also received a number of grants, including an Artists Project Grant funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Founda­tion and the Andy Warhol Foundations of Visual Arts.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in studio art with a concentration in photography from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., and a master’s of fine arts from the Visual Studios Workshop in Rochester, N.Y.

“I appreciate that there is art in a place where students can see and appreciate it,” freshman Rachel deBos said.

During this exhibition’s run here at ULV, students will be able to admire the display on the bottom floor of Miller Hall.

The Carlson Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. or by appointment.
Admission to the gallery is free and the exhibit will remain on display until March 14.

For more information, call 909-593-3511 ext. 4281.

Monica Esparza can be reached at mesparza2@ulv.edu
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