Personal Hybrids

ON DISPLAY MAY 1 - MAY 29 AT UMASS MEDICAL SCHOOL

WORCESTER, Mass. - A fusion of traditional painting and photography, combined with the innovation of digital imaging, Personal Hybrids will be on display in the Medical School Lobby from May 1 - May 29. The exhibition, featuring the works of Jon Krasner of Franklin and Vern McClish of Spencer, explores the artistic consequences of synthesizing conventional media with modern digital technology.

Jon Krasner's artistic orientation is a multidisciplinary one. Trained as both a painter and graphic designer, his diverse background has enabled him to "hybridize" the fields of painting, graphic design and digital imaging. "I have the flexibility to experiment with and synthesize media, concepts and techniques, " he said. "The advent of digital imaging technology supports the convergence of disciplines, allowing me to enrich the process by blending a broad range of concepts into both static and time-based presentation. "

Krasner is a prominent local artist and graphic designer who has taught for more than 10 years in colleges and universities across the region. With two master's degrees in fine arts, one from the Pratt Institute and the other from Boston University, Krasner most recently served as an assistant professor of graphic design at Fitchburg State College. In addition to teaching, Krasner authored the textbook, "The Art of Digital Imaging," which explores fundamental concepts in technical and aesthetic aspects of digital media. He has displayed his work in group and solo exhibitions throughout the northeastern United States.

Vern McClish has been experimenting with and creating images for over thirty years. With a bachelor's degree in fine arts, McClish's photographic experience includes teaching, commercial photography, fine art photography & photographic product development & marketing. In addition, he creates web sites for select clients in the imaging industry.

In the past five years, McClish's work has changed significantly with the advancement of digital technology. He said, "Although I capture my imagery with conventional silver halide equipment & media, I consider myself a digital artist because every image is completed in the computer. The originals resemble the finished product, but are upon close inspection are most likely enhanced. I use silver halide & contemporary imaging tools to capture the essence of a moment with light, then incorporate the computer to transform the light back to what I felt at the instant of our intimacy."

McClish's collections, which include a series of photographs taken on his three-week journey through Moscow, can also be viewed at his Web site www.mcclish.com This link goes to an external web site.

Personal Hybrids will be on display through May 29 and is open for viewing 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, May 2 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Two additional exhibits on display through June 30 include: "On the Sea," cut paper collage by Randall A.Walker in Level I of the Benedict Building; and "Coastal Light," photographs by Herman Meisner and Cacky Hodgson in Levels II and III of Two Biotech. These exhibits are open for viewing during regular business hours.

"What's on View at UMMS Galleries" is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School Committee for Arts & Humanities. Exhibits featured in the Benedict Building, Clinic II and Biotech II are also made possible in collaboration with ARTSWorcester.