Michael Krueger Lecture Response
This year I have been to many different visiting artist lectures, but this is actually one of the artists that really had me glued to my seat.
He was very funny and had me smiling during his whole presentation of his work. Although I wasn’t too fond of his pieces, I really liked his sense of humor along with his personality. Starting off his presentation with items that he collects (such as fruit magnets with faces on them) made his lecture very light and fun. It was amazing the things that he collected and the places where he got some of them. I did admire his pieces where he mirrored an image, putting two halves together to become one. It must be a difficult thing to create art where you have to make dual images that are exactly alike, let alone do it to dozens of images all in one work of art. The detail in his pieces shows his dedication and passion for his work, and it also draws you into his artwork because of so many small but important objects in the picture. I like the different themes he assigned to them too such as two pieces one containing nothing but animals all over the field under the psychedelic sunset, the other replacing the animals with protest signs. His artwork sometimes reminded me of paintings you may see in the hippy era (1960’s & 70’s) because of the bright vibrant colors, the loud style, and even the subjects seem like they involve that era of free love, freedom fighting, and the protest against war.