UT Dallas Grad’s Photos Win Awards for Quirkiness

Photographer Carlo Zinzi only recently graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with an MFA in Arts and Technology (ATEC), but he is already making his mark on the art world with his surreal take on Americana.

Carlos Zinzi's current series of photos revolves around floating and levitating fast food.

Zinzi, who imbues his work with a sense of humor and whimsy, was awarded the Juror’s Selection Award in Consumption, an exhibition that ran this month at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado. The winning image, Resort, depicts a hot dog, a recurring theme in Zinzi’s work, soaring through a garden.

“The current series I am working on, Thru, involves floating and levitating fast food,” Zinzi said. “It is an attempt to give hot dogs and hamburgers a second chance.”

“Seeking to subvert the status of the iconic hot dog, I wanted to re-translate the metaphors imbued in what we eat, like tiny edible narratives. We need more stories about food that don’t involve hospitals and doctors. I discovered that my attempt to create a violently whimsical commentary of American imagery was actually more of a process for me to deconstruct a cultural legacy,” Zinzi said.

Zinzi’s work was also accepted in the Houston Center for Photography’s 28th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, which is on view through Aug. 22.

Creations Go from Graduate Class to Art Gallery

Fourteen Arts and Humanities graduate students’ works were selected for the upcoming Frames of Reference exhibition at the 14th Street Gallery in Plano. The exhibit includes digital and photographic installation art, as well as participatory artworks by the artists.

Top from left: “From Above,” Carlo Zinzi; “Salt of the Earth,” Kerry Hennigin; “The White Suit Project,” Stern Hatcher. Bottom from left: “Natural Selection,” Leah Foster; “The Voveo Bulla, a vanitas installation,” LeeDon Moore; “Having a Great Time,” Cynthia Miller.

In creating their pieces, the artists explored frameworks and contexts involving time, space, narrative and experience.

“The class has been a great experience, providing an in-depth focus on photography and installation art, which involved reinventing and transforming spaces,” said LeeDon Moore, senior graphic designer in the University’s Office of Communications, and an Arts and Technology graduate student.

The graduate student artists all submitted exhibition proposals to the gallery for review. Fourteen of the proposals were accepted, and students were awarded specific spaces in the gallery for their installations.

Frames of Reference was prompted in part by students’ expressed interest in exploring installation art in a gallery environment,” said Waligore.

Graduate students from School of Arts and Humanities professor Marilyn Waligore’s Photo/Digital/Installation course will participate in the exhibit: Jimmy Bullion, Sheila Cunningham, Leah Foster, Stern Hatcher, Kerry Hennigin, William Howell, Ilan Ronit, Melanie Levin, George McGuigan, Cynthia Miller, LeeDon Moore, Florence Wairagu, David Witherspoon and Carlo Zinzi.

Five additional students from the class will be presenting photographs and videos on campus in conjunction with the Spring Arts Festival, which runs in various buildings on campus through Sat., May 9.

“The goal of the class was to have all the students create work for exhibition,” said Waligore. “It’s been a rewarding way to end the semester, as well as the academic year.”

Frames of Reference runs May 9-29. The opening reception will be held Saturday, May 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the 14th Street Gallery, 1412 14th St., Plano (east of Avenue K).

New UTD Exhibition, Second Look, Explores References To Time In Photography, Digital Media

UT Dallas will host Second Look, an exhibition curated by acclaimed artist and UTD Associate Professor Marilyn Waligore, in the Main Gallery of the Visual Arts Building from March 19 to April 15. This new exhibition explores references to time — such as duration, series, sequence and narrative — in photography and digital media.

Texas artists participating in the exhibition include Kathy Lovas and Martin Menocal of Dallas, Terri Cummings of Fort Worth and Huntsville area artists James Paster, Michael Henderson and Tony Shipp.

At 7:30 p.m. on March 31, artist Eve Sonneman will present a lecture, “Reflections On The Diptych,” in the Jonsson Performance Hall (JO 2.604) in conjunction with the exhibition. She will talk about her own work as well as discuss the importance of serial photography within a larger historical context. The lecture is free and open to the public.

A reception will be held in connection with the opening of the exhibition in UTD’s Visual Arts Building ‘s Main Gallery on Friday, March 19, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

“Media processes influence our perception of time as in the instantaneous snapshot, or conversely, the long exposure,” explained curator Waligore. “In new media, setting the frame rate may stretch or compress the experience of continuous time. The film loop presents an image cycle that repeats endlessly, with a duration that is boundless. Camera-based imagery calls us to take a second look at a moment.”