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a nod is as good as a wink university of memphis final exhibition summer 2013

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a nod is as good as a wink introduction the integration between the renaissance philosophy of creative progressive innovation and our 21st century art practices are at the crux of this exhibition the students in this class were charged with drawing inspiration from the art and architecture of renaissance-era florence and then re-interpreting what they saw into a contemporary vision utilizing high dynamic range digital imaging and digital panoramic stitching techniques the digital re-interpretations are not meant to be literal linear translations of the original source rather they are personal reflections and internalizations of what michelangelo brunelleschi botticelli or galileo must have felt when they pondered what if freed from constraints the creative mind must wander and the act of wandering necessarily leads to discovery michelangelo said a man paints with his brain not with his hands if anything the renaissance proved to us that the intellect is the engine of discovery we work as artists not because we choose to do so but because we can do nothing else through exploring our artistic past embracing our creative present we move eagerly into the future.

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a nod is as good as a wink nicole robbins tre gratiae in a time long ago the three graces or gratiae were called upon to inspire all forms of art and individually they represent charm beauty and creativity the three young ladies are daughters of jupiter and venus historically depicted as the accompaniment to the gods that inspire the romance that comes along with all aspects of the arts in 2013 nearly 2,500 years since the original depiction of the mythological representation of the graces i ve called upon the gratiae to inspire my artistic endeavours while creating art in florence i have revived the women as a 21st century brand and represented them as celebrities thorough the modern eye the untouchable beauty that these iconic images developed were last seen in the renaissance in the works of botticelli raphael lorenzetti pontormo and rubens taking a modern approach to the graces i ve added young women with tattoos and introduced a different race to represent a broader aspect of the beauty the world now encompasses nicole robbins -a freelance photographer living and working out of atlanta,ga and memphis,tn and currently a senior at university of memphis concentrating on photojournalism and advertising nicole has a background in photographing rising professional ballet dancers and various musical acts her work has been published by mixonline digital producer electronic musician and music industry news nicole s goal as a photographer is to capture the world around her as it happens the art of the daily life while seeming the previously unseen and documenting it every step taken in a new direction.

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a nod is as good as a wink natalie cole reflection image reproduction versus deep thought those are the two main concepts behind this body of work reflection can be as simple as the reproduction of an image on a reflective object or go deeply into dealings of the body mind and soul from an early age i was drawn to the architecture of old style churches now that i m in florence italy with basilicas cathedrals and abbey churches everywhere my passion shifted into overdrive when composing this body of work my renaissance inspiration came from the techniques of fillippo brunelleschi and his use of linear perspective mirrors and realism this technique broadened the skill-set of artists of his time to allow more realistic three dimensional artwork which is still in use today in my contemporary adaptation the driving force is the use of windows as mirrors for a modern twist with hints that range from humanistic vanity to spiritual contemplation each image while merely a reflection of prominent churches including the duomo di santa maria del fiore and san gaetano offer much more than what one initially sees natalie s cole b humboldt tn 1991 senior news journalism major photography minor at the university of memphis in memphis tn usaone must only be willing to reflect deeper.

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a nod is as good as a wink kaitlyn dunn when standing inches away from the grand collections of artwork from the renaissance era throughout the city of florence one can almost feel the presence of the former artists and citizens that lived amongst this city so many centuries before their presence still lingers like ghosts through their artworks and in the city my inspiration for this body of work has come from this presence i have experienced as well as the diverse cultural influences that beautifully mesh together throughout the city i have created a series of portraits that combine these artistic and historical aspects derived from italian architecture as well as greek and roman statuary byzantine altarpieces and renaissance paintings i have created byzantine portraits that create a ghostly presence that mimic the various artists of the past with a touch of modern day for the last 5 years i have been studying photography at the university of memphis and will soon be earning a bachelor s of fine art of photography i have taken the opportunity to study at the florence university of the arts to further my education and to build more experience as a photographer as well as broaden my horizons as an artist studying in italy has not only allowed me to emerce myself in different cultures of the world but has also driven my aspirations for photography upon returning home i will continue on my path towards graduation with hopes of seeing much more of what the world has to offer afterward.

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a nod is as good as a wink roy hawkins royal p o.v italian perspectives from a modern day renaissance man is a series of panoramic images reflecting the sights of italy through my eyes historically during the italian renaissance scholars began to learn more about themselves and the physical world around them since they were freed by the previous constraints on knowledge my normal roles in life have not been seen from behind the camera however as an artist now behind the camera allows me to share contemporary perspectives of everyday life in italy and its beauty as well as its historical origins as a scholar artist librarian teacher and model i considers himself the epitome of what a contemporary renaissance man embodies a modern scholar in a position to acquire more than superficial knowledge about many different interests i am accustomed to being in front of the camera as a model usually however as an artist being behind the camera allows me to share my perspectives of everyday life in italy and its beauty through the camera lens i capture an absolute consciousness of the rich florentine renaissance culture in which i have been completely immersed roy-al born roy hawkins jr 1977 mat in art education and a ms in library media information science at the university of memphis bfa in studio art from university of tennessee.

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a nod is as good as a wink danterrio dansberry my mindset when approaching this project don t be afraid to experiment stop living under laws if it looks or sounds good to you then stick with it there is no true look for good ignore the odds ignore complications and just go for it you re going to be criticized either way dream your painting then paint your dream te2rio my name is danterrio d dansberry i am from memphis tn and growing up in memphis taught me some things that i needed to learn as well as some lessons i could have done without but never-the-less it has made me well-rounded and helped me to see things beyond the surface i am very humbled to have an opportunity such as this one to experience the italian culture once again also seeing the graffiti on the walls as i walk through the town reminds me of where i come from it just shows me that the same things that happen in the states happen here as well seeing and knowing that makes me feel right at home.

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a nod is as good as a wink hayley tillery renaissance unreality my pictures are a representation of florence and the renaissance in ways that have an altered sense of reality after struggling to come up with ideas i found that by playing around and creating things that aren t really there makes for some unusual photographs i was influenced by surrealism and some of the paintings i saw in the uffizi gallery such as primavera birth of venus david with the head of goliath and paintings from the byzantine era i was also influenced by things i saw while walking around the city such as mannequins graffiti and the physical movement of people i was interested in blending old with new whether it be through color or subject matter fantasies are almost always better than reality and i love the idea of blending the two together with my pictures i was able to create things i saw in my mind to show how i see modern-day florence and its relationship to the renaissance my name is hayley tillery and i am currently a junior at the university of memphis majoring in graphic design i m pretty much a complete introvert and i love laughing and finding humor in things i work part time as a waitress and although i haven t had much free time since college i still enjoy taking pictures when i can i have always loved photography and love the endless possibilities one can do with it this is my first time traveling to another country and i m excited to have my photographs shown here.

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