Apr 2, 2012    #046
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Heavy Metal Meets Fine Art in New Exhibit

Graduate student Sara Robbins presents

The concepts of ritual and energy - as exhibited within the subculture of heavy metal music fans - is the subject of a new fine art exhibit created by a master's degree candidate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

UMKC's College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Art and Art History will host "Sacred Rites," the MA Thesis show of student Sara Robbins. The exhibition will be on display from April 5th through 21st at the Gallery of Art, Room 203, Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo. The opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 5th at the Gallery of Art. Gallery information, hours of operation and upcoming events are available online.

Inspired by personal reflection, Robbins creates dynamic and visceral imagery for her exhibition. Her method involves manipulating digital photographs through various destructive processes, transforming them to convey aspects of the heavy metal subculture.

"Art, for me, is synonymous with storytelling," Robbins said. "I've always been artistically inclined, and photography is an extension of that. It helps me get ideas out that perhaps don't work with written words; it can be much easier conveying emotion with a photographic image, or with a brush stroke on a canvas."

While pursuing her master's degree, Robbins is working as a graduate teaching assistant in the UMKC Photography department, in addition to being a freelance photographer. She received her bachelor's degree in graphic design from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

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