Yesterday, PS: Gallery opened its newest exhibit, Generation Next, in its “Hallery.” The exhibit is a juried show of work from high school students throughout Columbia. All of the work presented has a youthful aura about it, and though some of the subject matter presented clearly relates to the concept of adolescence all of the work holds it’s own special detail and message. Below are a few of my favorite pieces from the exhibit, feel free to share your opinions on the Generation Next exhibit, too.

A Wrinkled Lifestyle by Brandon S

Although this piece depicts a typical party scene that any high school or college student might attend, there is something intriguing about it. The lighting of the painting is captivating and really sets the mood of the scene for the viewer. The most interesting thing about this painting is the feeling of loneliness it exudes. It appears as though there are at least six people in the painting, but only one person’s face is showing and they aren’t even looking at the viewer. Everyone in the painting is turned away from the viewer as if they are ignoring the viewer or the viewer isn’t really there. I’m sure at one time or another everyone has felt lonely in a room full of people, and I think this is what the artist may have been going for with this painting.

Entrance by Joanna Z

This drawing is amazing. Although it sits in small frame, its impact is huge. There is a universality that comes through in this drawing; I would be shocked if it didn’t bring back a memory of a school you attended as a child. With the brick walls, standard entrance carpets, and giant glass windows bringing light inside while the fluorescent light shines down on the gleaming tile floor, every element of a standard public school is captured.

Untitled1 by Tess M

A heart with an orange core sounds strange, but this untitled sculpture shows you what that would look like. At first glance your eye is drawn to the orange center of this piece, but after taking the whole piece in, you’ll notice the organ-like exterior. Veins and arteries appear to be connected to this orange center where each segment’s details are as detailed as an actual orange.

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