Aden Surdam, a senior studio photography student, and Yujean Park, an advanced photography student, had their art opening this Friday, April 30th in Fisher Gallery. Upon walking into the gallery it was immediately obvious that something was different; the whole gallery seemed warmer and brighter and more inviting. Arden and Yujean had painted the floor a warm cream color, which had a striking effect on the space. Both women are longtime students of Pipo Nguyen-Duy and their committment to the medium shows.
Arden works with a large format camera to take large, beautifully detailed portraits of people who are important to her. She hopes to portray their personalities and authenticities through photographing them in spaces that are familiar to each person, such as a beekeeper with his bees. Some of her subjects are students at Oberlin College and others are people she has met in the town of Oberlin or during her travels. She also did a small series of works photographing the personal spaces of the men who did not feel comfortable being photographed. This study of men’s desks, living rooms and bedrooms conveyed a lot of information about each person without him even needing to be there.
Yujean Park’s work deals with ideas of home and lived-in spaces. She has a very established aesthetic that emphasizes warmth, softness and recurring imagery of lace and brocade upholstery.
Yujean also did a series of portraits that are staged in a blank, white studio space. This is a departure from her images of home, but her use of lace and feminine symbols remain.
All photos courtesy Gary Cohen. To see more works from this show and others, please see his flickr page.