When I saw the title for this year’s senior art show at CSUB, I thought, “genius!” The title “h#asht#g” speaks not only to the generation of artists whose works are a commentary on today’s world, but also to the fact that art provokes response – much in the same way that a hashtag does in modern conversation.
On the social media platform Twitter, a hashtag, represented by a pound symbol (#), turns a word or phrase into a topic for discussion. Click the hyperlink, and you can read all of the latest tweets about that term. Under the umbrella title of “h#sht#g,” this year’s senior show encompasses the wide variety of artwork that elicits a range of responses from the viewer.
The show inside the Todd Madigan Gallery includes sculptures, paintings, photography, videos, fashion, and installation pieces created over the past few months by senior art students at CSUB. One sculpture – too large to fit through a doorway – sits next to the Fine Arts Building and is not to be missed.
The show will be on display through June 16. Gallery hours are from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free; parking is by permit or $5 day pass. For more information, contact gallery curator Joey Kotting at 661-654-2238.
— Jennifer Burger, CSUB Public Affairs Coordinator