By Angela LaCour
The Brooks Dierdorff photography display, “A Bright Mirror Standing,” ended its nearly month-long display at Seminole State College Sept. 27.
Dierdoff’s art was displayed free of charge both in room G101 itself as well as outside. Everything was purposefully placed, even the seemingly odd pieces that included objects that had already been in the room.
Once inside the gallery at SSC, viewers could notice that the center of the room had a desk along with a piece identical to those that were displayed outside. The gallery was a multi-media exhibit with video, framed photography, and projectors set up to show images and words in loop.
According to the Seminole State College gallery website, Dierdorff has had his work exhibited throughout the United States as well as Canada and Germany. His website, Brooksdierdorff.com notes that he has upcoming shows at Jacksonville University and the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., in 2018.
Dierdorff’s art inspired discussion about what the pieces could represent. The names seemed to give some clues as to what the pieces represented, as did an essay written by Amy Galpin about the work in the exhibition as well as about the artist himself.
The show had to be set up again by the time the campus was re-opened to students after Hurricane Irma hit, despite its featuring outside art as well as the main gallery inside. Simply walking past the G Building on the Sanford/Lake Mary campus would have allowed for a sneak peak of the gallery with one of the art pieces, “The Jungle,” a piece created out of vinyl mesh and wood.
Dierdorff is currently an assistant professor of photography for the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of Central Florida. Earlier this year, he won Best in Show, Photography as Social Conscience, at the Lore Degenstein Gallery at Susquahana University in Selinsgrove, Pa.
Dierdorff holds a master’s degree of fine arts in photography from the University of Oregon. He also studied at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy.