UT School of Visual & Performing Arts

Senior University of Toledo BFA Student to Present Art at National Conference

Vinsect Price will be one of Folck's works on display at the NCUR

Vinsect Price will be one of Folck’s works on display at the NCUR

Hard work, a sense of humor and a menagerie of insects have earned one senior art student a spot at the spring National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in La Crosse, Wisconsin this April.

David Folck’s art focuses on insects. He’s already had a number of successes at UT, including receiving Undergraduate Summer Research and Creative Activity Grants in 2011 and 2012 to support his research and art about bugs. He used the resources to study the structure, texture, color ofvarious species. He inspected insects, drew them, and researched their behaviors.

Folck is soft-spoken, humble, detail-oriented, with a killer work ethic honed before college, during his time in the Navy. In other words: not quite the mad scientist that you might expect from viewing his work.

When he began to work with Professor of Art (now Emeritus) Diana Attie, “Professor Attie gave me everything she had,” in terms of physical specimens of bugs and resources for research, in addition to her legendary teaching prowess for drawing. “My goal when entering the BFA program was to see where it takes me,” said Folck. “The only thing I have control over is how hard I work.”

Folck learned in January that his work was chosen to be shown at NCUR. This April, he’ll take “LANG LEBEN DIE INSEKTEN!” to the conference in La Crosse, WI. His work, the title of which translates to”Long Live the Insects!” will be on display during the conference. Folck will be present to answer questions and discuss his work.

“Usually the NCUR features the hard sciences,” said Attie. “It’s nice to see our art students among them because this conference features presenters from across the country.” The three pieces Folck will present at the NCUR are “Vinsect Price,” “Bugged Outlaw,” a portrait of Clint Eastwood created by layering rubber stamp impressions of a housefly, and “Unique Quantification,” a work currently on display in the CVA Gallery.

A key example of Folck’s work, “Vinsect Price” is a drawing made with arrangement of insects scattered about the page to suggest the actor Vincent Price’s facial structure. This drawing brings to mind thefruit- and animal-based portraits of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, but adds a critical creep factor of houseflies, ladybugs, bees, caterpillars, crickets, and butterflies climbing across one’s face.

“Unique Quantification,” is a drawing currently on display in the Juried Student Exhibition (JSE) at the CVA Gallery. This wry, loosely academic study of the Carolina Ground Cricket was awarded First Place in the JSE. Folck applied his irreverent approach to entomology, incorporating pop culture, physics, equations, spectrograms of cricket chirps, and candy. PEZ candies echo the appearance of a spectrogram, while one cricket’s neck is extended to expose candies inside.

Folck’s work can also be seen in the first 2013 BFA Exhibition, which will run from March 22 to April 14. A reception will be held on Friday, March 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Folck will receive a BFA in 2D studies as a drawing major with a print minor. He will share the CVA Gallery during that exhibition with other graduating BFA students Lisa Franko, Morgan Hayward, Kevin Leiter, and Austin Tuttle.


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