The Buffet, the 2014 Student Thesis exhibition, was presented by the Linfield Gallery and the Department of Art and Visual Culture at Linfield College from May 14 through June 1, 2014. Six students displayed their work, which stems from a year-long integrative seminar in which majors produce a cohesive body of work, including related critical papers and artist statements, and obtain gallery practice by assisting the director. This collection contains a sample of work from the exhibit.Curator's Statement
The Buffet, presented by Turnt Gallery and curated by Kate Straube, features artists who create art without boundaries. The show was created to provide audience members with something they could enjoy, be that the formal aspects of the work or the concept. In addition, the show is driven by the phrase "going ham." Used often in youth culture as a term for getting wild, Turnt Gallery redefines it as follows:
"Investing all of your energy into a
task or idea. The act of not giving
into fear and fully unleashing
one's artistic freedom."
This definition was key in the selection of the work. Straube was looking for young artists who showcased a high level of productivity, passion, motivation, and quality, not only for their own work but for the work of the artists around them. Creating a community became crucial to the success of the show. Through collaboration and teamwork, the artists were able to create a show which addresses the openness of the gallery while still holding true to their individual style. With work that stretches to the ceiling and expands across the floor, each artist's work is featured but still interacts with the gallery itself. This is no longer a static exhibition featuring six artists – it is an energetic environment meant to excite the senses and tickle the mind. Turnt Gallery hopes this show satisfies your visual appetite, and just like any buffet, we encourage you to come back for seconds.