November 29th, 2021
This is the last week to see Oscar Gonzalez's senior exhibit that “[explores] the connection between digital and analog work," and which closes Friday, Jan. 28, in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center.
“I work to bridge the gap between what is commonly identified as traditional ‘fine art’ and ‘digital work,’” he continues in his “Exhibition Statement.”
“This exhibition includes four distinct design systems that employ the use of graphic design and printmaking principles to formulate a visual brand identity, including both custom illustrations and packaging and product designs.”
Last spring, Gonzalez began to explore a variety of styles and techniques in his Advanced Printmaking and Advanced Studio classes – which is when, he says, his senior exhibition began to take shape.
“All my graphic design and screen printing work used Procreate™, Adobe Photoshop™ and Adobe Illustrator™ as three primary applications for logo design, product mockups, packaging design, stationery design, illustration design and silkscreen file prep,” Gonzalez says.
“I work to create unity and coherency between fine art and graphic design in each of my design systems.”
Gonzalez, a Newton native, began studying at Bethel in spring 2018, after transferring as a freshman from Washburn University in Topeka.
“My love and passion for visual art and design began that same semester, when I enrolled in a beginner Painting class,” he says.
A year later, an upper-level Design History course “changed my entire perspective and motivational outlook towards my goal of becoming a well-rounded and interdisciplinary graphic designer and illustrator.
“I made the decision from that point forward to take my studies more seriously and find opportunities where I could grow both in and outside of the classroom.”
Using Bethel’s Individualized Major option, Gonzalez crafted a major in Visual Communication and Design, which he completed, along with a minor in Art, in December.
Gonzalez’s exhibit will be in the gallery through Friday, Jan. 28. Regular hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with no admission charge.
Bethel is a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1887 and is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Known for academic excellence, Bethel ranks at #15 in the Washington Monthly list of “Best Bachelor’s Colleges” and #31 in U.S. News & World Report, Best Regional Colleges Midwest, both for 2021-22. Bethel was the only Kansas college or university selected for the American Association of College & Universities’ 2021 Institute on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation, and has been named a TRHT Campus Center. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu