2016 Artist Spotlights

As we get closer to the event, we want to feature some of this year’s artists.

The first Artist Spotlight is Dale Klein.

Age: 61
Hometown: Rochester
Occupation: Artist

Favorite Medium: Printmaking- I am drawn to the process involved in printmaking, as well as the creative aspect. I love the fact that I never know what the work will look like until I pull the print.

Why did you choose Rochester as your subject for your work: My work is heavily influenced by place. Since I live in Rochester, I am influenced by what I see in Rochester. For some time, I saw Rochester as a dying industrial city and this was a metaphor for the entropy that is unavoidable in nature. Now I see so many changes in the city of Rochester, and this also interests me as a metaphor for the rebirth that is a result of entropy.

Why am I excited about ArtAwake: Although I am not familiar with ArtAwake, the idea of a day of many different kinds of arts and cultural activities all curated and managed by UR students sounds
exciting and stimulating. I am looking forward to it!

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Meet Danny Diaz, one of this year’s artists!

Age: 22
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
Occupation: Student

What is your favorite medium and why?
I have the most experience with a variety of traditional painting and drawing media, particularly digital painting. But I’m trying to branch out of static, two-dimensional imagery into the time domain with animation and video game-like art.

Have you participated in ArtAwake before?
I had pieces accepted to ArtAwake 2013 and 2015. This year I’m excited to display pieces in three different media–oil, acrylic, and watercolor.

About his work:
My works are tied together thematically as each explores different possibilities of what can be conceptualized as a landscape; rather than depicting “realistic” interpretations of nature, I depict spatial mental constructs that evoke the idea of a landscape, e.g. fleeting mind’s eye imagery and spaces of belonging/estrangement.

Danny Diaz