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January 30, 2007 to May 6, 2007

Game Boys: Photographs by Shauna Frischkorn

Shauna Frischkorn’s series Game Boys reflects a youth culture obsession with video games and the investment of masculinity in gaming culture. Depicting how gender differences affect practices and the pleasures afforded by game-playing, these portraits also serve to question of subject/object positions of both the subject and the viewer.

Capturing the intense concentration of teenage boys during gaming, the portraits do not reflect the gaze of the sitter, as reflected in traditional portraiture. Rather, the severe expressions of each player is suggestive of Late Renaissance paintings depicting saints in states of ecstasy or rapture. This is further served by the lighting and composition that seem akin to the affects of heightened chiaroscuro observed in work of that period.

Frischkorn received an MFA in photography from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a MA in communication arts from Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA. Frischkorn has had solo exhibitions at Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster PA (2004); Sykes Gallery, Millersville University, Millersville, PA (2002); Center for the Arts, SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY (1998); and the Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts, Chautauqua, NY. Some recent group exhibitions include: Outside the Centers/On the Edge, Pennsylvania State traveling exhibition (2006); AIM V: SYZYGY, University of Southern California School of Fine Arts, Pasadena, CA (2004); Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA (2003); College of New Jersey Art Gallery, Ewing, NJ (2002); and The Print Center, Philadelphia (1997). She has received a Special Opportunity Stipend from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (2004) and the Individual Artist Fellowship at the Chautauqua Fund for the Arts (1992, 1994 and 1999). Frischkorn is the assistant professor of art, Millersville University, Millersville, PA.

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