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    Hot photography exhibit beats the heat

    Art history senior Steven Soloway displays his Spinning Wheel mixed media artwork at the Lionel Rombach Gallery.
    Art history senior Steven Soloway displays his “”Spinning Wheel”” mixed media artwork at the Lionel Rombach Gallery.

    You may think you’re escaping the heat by entering the doors of a museum, but the new summer spectacle “”Hot Photography”” probably won’t cool you down.

    The Lionel Rombach Gallery features the work of student photographers displaying unique images that subtly cascade through your eyes and into your mind.

    One of the artists, molecular and cellular biology senior Leena Mahusain, uses numerous photos put together in one frame to create startling stories. In her piece “”Chapter Three: Imagination”” from the “”Narrative”” series, she accentuates photos of a woman holding her mouth, then with her hand in her mouth and finally holding a few teeth, with the stark and simple phrase: “”Last night I dreamt that I pulled my teeth out.””

    Another stand-out piece was created by art history senior Steven Soloway. In “”Spinning Wheel,”” he uses mixed media with photographs hanging off a spinning mobile like restaurants use to hang their order tickets from.

    “”I want people to interact with it and spin it. It creates motion, like a movie,”” Soloway said of his piece in the exhibit.

    The wheel, which Soloway constructed out of metal, hangs off the wall and when spun displays photographs of a woman sitting on a stool and opening a gift that gobbles her up. The images quickly turning become animated like a flipbook.

    “”I hope this exhibit makes people think about photography in new and different ways,”” Soloway said. “”You don’t have to go into photography trying to follow rules; you can really make up your own rules and just try to see the world in a way that hasn’t been seen before.””

    These talented photographers have created works that suggest movement, actions and emotions through their astonishing use of technique, with crispness and clarity balanced to perfection to create a pleasing aesthetic.

    One such artist, Judy Davis, a senior majoring in English, showcases her series “”The View From My Window”” with photographs displayed in various window frames. These images are so realistic that they act as window transplants, in that they can be put behind any window.

    The exhibit will run through August 10 at the Lionel Rombach Gallery. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

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