Towson University recently held their Senior Exhibition on Thursday, April 10. Showcasing all the hard work the seniors have been putting into their art throughout the semester. One student, in particular, is Gosnel McDermott. He is a Digital Art and
Design major who focuses on animation, illustration, design, and photography.
At the exhibition, one of his pieces that was showcased was his Senior BFA project, titled Mind, Body, and Soul. Being the first Towson student to utilize MadMapper for a BFA, he wanted to capture the true essence of the thought process, blood vessels, and inner chakras through animation and projection mapping. The mannequin represented the mind, body, and soul as one, reflecting the video files of various patterns and abstract objects.
Leading up to Gosnel’s recent artistry, he was always drawn to many art outlets—one being drawing. “My background is definitely in drawing and painting,” he mentions.
It’s no surprise his BFA project involved conceptual patterns, since he was “never into drawing subjects,” and continues on to add how he’s always “liked creating abstract patterns, or patterns that kind of represent something.”
“Instead of creating a subject, I’m taking a subject and kind of making it my own.” Gosnel’s way of origniality can be seen in not just his BFA project or drawing, but in his photography work as well. Taking models and adding much more to the image than just the standard portraits, he joins together his subjects with his vision of color and patterns.
The passion in his voice was so prevalent when discussing the importance of art. “It’s basically my entire being. Everything around me is art and I feel like I could not do anything else.” Although art is of value to Gosnel, he still recommends certain tactics to keep in mind when pursuing your dream in the arts. “Work hard, get to know people, and don’t let logistics hold you back from your goals, but also do your research and figure out how you’re going to do things.”
When coming up with themes or concepts for his photoshoots, Gosnel has also worked on not letting the logistics hold him back from cultivating the final product. “I have to get the models, the clothes, the makeup artists, camera gear, and lights.”
“Be very aware of how you want to execute a project, but don’t let those factors limit you from what you want to do.” The way Gosnel has evolved in his craft, in himself, and in the art scene is by being conscious with every step when completing a project and still having his creativity flow.
Gosnel mentions how one way someone can enter the art scene and network with other artists in Baltimore is getting involved with Creative Labs. Even though it may require membership with the organization, you’re more likely able to make connections with more innovative individuals.