AMES, Iowa — Student work reacting to the digital era will be on display Feb. 10–14 in Gallery 181 at the Iowa State University College of Design.

“G00nD0ck Practice,” a solo exhibition by graphic design senior Christian D’Cruz of Bettendorf, will include mixed-media paintings on Masonite, experiential monitor displays, a mural and projections created in 2019–2020. The show will also feature a collaborative painting with ISU alumnus Chris Vance, a nationally known artist based in Bondurant. Vance received a bachelor of fine arts in visual studies from Iowa State in 2000.

Reception and artist’s talk

Gallery hours for this exhibition are 8 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. A public reception for “G00nD0ck” will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the gallery. D’Cruz will give an artist’s talk about his personal artistic practice while in college and the exhibition.

“As a 22-year-old student having grown up in the digital era, I am a product of the internet. Having had consistent connection to screens has shaped the way I view the world,” D’Cruz said. “I have created this work with urgency to encourage us to rethink our relationship with technology and how it affects our view of ourselves and our peers.”

D’Cruz exhibits his work locally, including the “Studies in Creativity” and “Art Inspired” exhibitions at the Iowa State Memorial Union; Octagon Arts Festival in Ames; Waukee Arts Festival; “Limited Space II” and “Limited Space III” at the Des Moines Social Club; “Art in the Park” in Okoboji; and “Light and Dark Exhibition” at Polk County Heritage Gallery. He is a member of the Des Moines artist collective Paintpushers, where he met Vance — which led to an internship in Vance’s studio last summer. D’Cruz will receive a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design in May and hopes to pursue a career as a multidisciplinary artist and designer.


Christian D’Cruz, Graphic Design student and artist, christianjdcruz@gmail.com
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289, hsauer@iastate.edu