Exhibitions > Frozen Decay, 2012

January 2012–June 2012

"I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth." -Henry Miller

Aurora Finnegan
Julie Gautier-Downes
Kristen Gautier-Downes
Lynora Valdez
Nathan Kosta
Nick Paris
Samantha Branan
Sean Vranizan

Aurora Finnegan is a senior art major at the University of California, Santa Cruz with an emphasis in photography. These silver gelatin prints were shot on her trip across the United States. She uses soft focus to confuse the viewer about where the landscapes were takes, as the places have blurred together in her memory.

Julie Gautier-Downes is a recent graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz in Art with an emphasis in Photography. In her work, she juxtaposes photographs of objects in natural settings to create intimate landscapes of strangers’ discarded things.

Kristen Gautier-Downes is a senior art major with an emphasis in painting. In this series of paintings, she studies the continuously changing giant kelp forests that inhabit the Monterey Bay. She seeks to freeze wild underwater jungles by painting them from life through aquarium glass.

Lynora Valdez is a junior art major with an emphasis in photography at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She documents street scenes in urban environments.

Nathan Kosta is a senior art major at the University of California, Santa Cruz with an emphasis in photography. He photographs minimal urban buildings in various stages of decay.

Nick Paris is a senior art major at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He photographed this series on a trip to one of the University of California’s Natural Reserves in the Carmel Valley. These photographs abstract textures that he found in these natural settings. These large prints of mud and bark

Samantha Branan is an alumna of the University of California, Santa Cruz.