Carlos D. Szembek
Student Work
Carlos D. Szembek Student Work
Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Fabric, blueprint
Assignment: Objects in the Landscape/The Landscape as Object
Fall, 1999
Fabric, blueprint
Course: SITE: Installation (Sophomore)

This student, Kathleen Loughran, chose a section in a state forest in which the trees had been replanted and managed in a grid pattern. She then calculated how many trees it takes to create an ‘average-sized’ house and proceeds to memorialize each tree with a blueprint of this house.

Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Combined-media
Assignment: Narrative Space
Spring, 2000
Combined-media
Course: Art in Context: The Narrative (Junior)

In this project, the students were to consider a whole building (a former department store in Wellsville, NY) as a potential for telling a story. A majority of the students chose to work collaboratively weaving the story of the Greek mythological figure, Arachne throughout the building.
Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Combined-media
Assignment: Narrative Space
Spring, 2000
Combined-media
Course: Art in Context: The Narrative (Junior)

Alternate view.

Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Flypaper, metal, flies
Assignment: Second Skin
Fall, 1998
Flypaper, metal, flies
Course: Synaesthesia (Sophomore)

The assignment involved creating a ‘garment’ for the body that involved at least two senses other than vision. Here, Ryan Prince, used Jean-Paul Sartre’s play The Flies as an inspiration tailoring a jacket made completely of fly-paper, with flies embedded.
Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Combined-media
Assignment: Attachment
Fall, 1998
Combined-media
Course: Methodology (Sophomore)

The project focused on the creation of an appendage that protects, enhances, or consciously constrains the body. Liz Peet, crocheted a covering for a wooden apparatus that when extended served as a boundary marking and protecting her personal space.
Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Combined-media
Assignment: Attachment
Fall, 1998
Combined-media
Course: Methodology (Sophomore)

For the same project, Linda Nagaoka, focused on an appendage that would offer her comfort: protective feminine pillows.

Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Combined-media
Assignment: Attachment
Fall, 1998
Combined-media
Course: Methodology (Sophomore)

Alternate view.
Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Interactive Kinetic sculpture
Assignment: The Past Future
Fall, 2001
Interactive Kinetic sculpture
Course: Robotics 1 (Sophomore)

Students were asked to create motorized pieces based on historical machines. This student, Coleman Hause, researched balance scales and progressive mathematical series to create this paper/steel and wooden spirals which would move up and down on a motorized pulley system.

Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Interactive Kinetic sculpture
Assignment: The Past Future
Fall, 2001
Interactive Kinetic sculpture
Course: Robotics 1 (Sophomore)

For the same project, Lindsay Stern, researched dress bustles, a padded frame worn in the back of 19th century dresses. Her dress –mannequin machine would wiggle its bustle as a viewer approached it.
Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Interactive Kinetic sculpture
Assignment: PROP-aganda Agent
Fall, 2001
Interactive Kinetic sculpture
Course: Robotics 2 (Junior)

Students were asked to consider a fictional character for inspiration. In this piece, Terry Conrad, chose to create an unknown ‘rejected’ brother for Pinocchio. The puppet ‘came to life’ triggered by a sensor as a person approached the piece.
Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Rice, ceramic tea cups, cloth, wood
Assignment: Nobel Coffee
Fall, 1999
Rice, ceramic tea cups, cloth, wood
Course: Methodology (Sophomore)

The students were asked to create a communal space where they would share a moment drinking coffee or tea with a Nobel Laureate. For this piece the student chose Aung San Suu Kyi and created an elevated seating area mounded with rice and broken teacups.

Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Ice, light, motor, slide projection
Assignment: Nobel Coffee
Fall, 1999
Ice, light, motor, slide projection
Course: Methodology (Sophomore)

For the same project, Jessica Terdemann asked: Why aren’t visual artists honored with Nobel Awards? She chose J. M. W. Turner, whom she admired. On an ice sculpture carving of a ship she projected one of his works on the ice.
Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Metal, twine, resin, cable
Assignment: Masculine-Feminine-Neuter
Fall, 2001
Metal, twine, resin, cable
Course: Art in Context: Gender Issues (Junior)

For this project, the students were asked to consider a cliché associated with the gender. This student chose the metaphor of the female body as a vessel, weaving twine around amphora-shaped metal armatures.

Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Wood, rope, plastic barrels, paint
Assignment: Ephemeral Monument
Fall, 1999
Wood, rope, plastic barrels, paint
Course: SITE: Installation (Sophomore)

The assignment asked the students to create a monument that somehow evolved over time. Amy Karle created a free-floating structure.
Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Ceramic roofing tiles
Assignment: Land(E)scape
Fall, 1999
Ceramic roofing tiles
Course: SITE: Installation (Sophomore)

The final project of the class was an open assignment that only required for the piece to be presented in the landscape. Here, the student chose to create a swirl pattern using ceramic roofing tiles. The lower panel shows a close-up.
Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Combined-media
Assignment: Home is…
Fall, 1998
Combined-media
Course: Methodology (Sophomore)

The project asked the students to consider the rural surroundings of Alfred, NY focusing on commonalities and/or differences. This student chose to record 5 differing sounds of the city and played them on small tape players suspended from the necks of dairy cows. Shown is the ‘Traffic’ cow.

Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Combined-media
Assignment: How Do You Look?
Spring, 1999
Combined-media
Course: Art in Context: Surveillance & Paranoia (Junior)

The students were asked to create a piece that considered both the act of looking and how looks inform identity. For this piece, Linda Nagaoka created a seating space that relays a cryptic story (in fortune cookie tags) of relatives known only through blurry and obscure old photographs.
Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Combined-media
Assignment: How Do You Look?
Spring, 1999
Combined-media
Course: Art in Context: Surveillance & Paranoia (Junior)

Detail.

Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Copper, propane, wood, fire
Senior Thesis Project
Fall, 1999
Copper, propane, wood, fire

Senior Aaron Best created a sculpture that attempted to visualize a harmonic sound wave with a propane-generated flame.
Carlos D. Szembek Student Work Interactive Kinetic sculpture
Assignment: Considering Jamestown
Spring, 2002
Interactive Kinetic sculpture
Course: Multi-media Installation (Junior)

This piece utilized storefront windows along the main street of downtown Jamestown, NY working with the storefronts owners to create their pieces. Kathryn Schroeder chose a deli shop window. Her piece was an homage to the lowly turkey sandwich. Via motors, looping continuously, the chef sweeps his arm up raising cutout sandwich items (bread, turkey, lettuce, tomatoes) from the table (via strings connected to the bicycle-wheels shown in the right panel).
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