Yosemite High School art students have been busy preparing for an exhibit of their work, which is currently showing at the Badger Gallery, located in the center of the YHS campus.
Seniors Jacob Caldwell and Page Peterson, both 17, are part of a larger group of 14 International Baccalaureate students showing their art. Both students have submitted their IB portfolio of evidence to be evaluated by moderators of the IB system.
The premise of this program is that high school students can produce college level work within the high school setting.
Caldwell calls his exhibit, "Graffiti Culture." He created several pieces with this question in mind: Is street art the voice of the people? Because of this, he tagged his pieces with "The Dood," which is his fake street name.
Using plastic water bottles, aluminum cans and PVC pipes, Caldwell formed a replica of the "Thinker" statue.
He also created a large black-paper shark, and painted "We the People" on its body in white; the shark is being lured by bills of varying monetary denominations hanging on fish hooks.
Peterson went in an entirely different direction.
Because she wanted to create fashion using unconventional items, Peterson made a skirt of rope lights and zip ties; the top is made of newspaper, duct tape and glue; the shoes are made of CDs she shot with a 22, and not one to waste, she used the bullet casings as the heel.
To complete the ensemble, she made a purse of glittery sticks weaved together with a shoelace, bubble wrap, and duct tape.
Peterson is so proud of her work that she said she would wear the skirt if it had a few more rows of lights.
"These two students began the school year with a visual arts question, which they explored and researched, both in practical application of art materials, and investigating the work and art theories of artists around the world," YHS Art Instructor Carol Hendrickson explained.
"Come meet all the artists at our open house. This is an exciting exhibit presenting a wide spectrum of well-thought-out investigations concerning current cultural and global issues."
The art exhibit will be on display at the Badger Gallery through May 16. An open house and reception, where the artists themselves will be onhand, will be held Friday, May 2, from 5-7 p.m.; refreshments will be served.