April 2010 Archives

Sculpture in the Quarter Gallery

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By Eamonn McLain

I was drawn to this piece because it immediately gave me a very relaxed feeling. This sculpture was constructed out a very old looking wood that was stained to look dark. The wood really added to the relaxed feeling because it reminded me of an ancient forest. At the top of the structure sat polish rocks that not only looked nice but also reflected the light off the water making it dance on the wood backing. This sculpture may have looked like nice decoration you might find in a backyard but I felt it was more than that. This piece was much more personal than a backyard waterfall kit at Target. The sculpture encompassed the perfect balance of the three main elements that it was comprised of. The wood, water and rocks seemed to be in harmony with one another and if it wasn't located in art gallery you would believe that this could've been created by nature not man.

The Best of All Possible Worlds

Woodcut Prints ("The Land of Diorama" & "Island of Agriculture"
By Josh K Winkler

I chose to critique the thesis project of Josh K Winkler. His work was focused around a collection of "woodcut" prints. These prints look very unique because of the seldom-used method he chose to use. His prints were also accompanied by a story detailing the background of the pictures. I really liked that he provided background to his pictures because the pictures were so familiar looking it was nice to find out where they came from. I decided to focus this critique on two of his prints, The Land of Diorama and Island of Agriculture. The Land of Diorama is a picture of large-scale fish at a tourist attraction. I was immediately was drawn to this because I remember seeing these fish as a child. All the fish are native of the Midwest and the main attraction in this picture is the giant Muskie. This was the only print by Winkler that doesn't feature really obvious man made intervention on nature. However his background on this piece does present a message along those lines. He was showing how man has conquered the once wild lakes, rivers and streams of this area. He also talked about how the landscaped area surrounding the model fish required watering the grass, which makes you think about how man has impacted wildlife. The other painting by Winkler I really liked was entitled "Island of Agriculture." This print provided a much more in-your-face view of man's intervention in nature. The viewpoint of this picture is on top of a cliff, overlooking a bay and other waterways. This view should make one feel at ease with this beautiful vantage point but this print doesn't anything but make you feel at ease. There is garbage in the foreground of the picture and large power lines running's through the background. The once scenic bat is littered with boats and different types of ugly industrial machinery. I thought this print provided a vivid look into how quickly a scenic bay can be turned into an industrial nightmare!

Snakes Present

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The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker

After seeing previews of this movie I really had little to no desire to see it. However after rave reviews from friends and seeing the a copy of the film appear on Easter morning I decided I would give the academy award winner a viewing. One of the elements that I wasn't looking forward to in this movie was the amount of emotional energy it would take out of me. I like comedies and movies that make you think but the cinematography in this movie was really impressive. When the charters were in a hostel situation in the movie you as a viewer felt you were there. The environment in which the movie takes place gave the director a lot of good opportunities for unique shots and she took full advantage of that! When the main character was out in the open in many of the scenes and you got to experience his vulnerability through the directors creativity. Every slow step the actor took in his massive body armor made you feel uneasy because there were civilians all around watching from different vantage points. What also made the action scenes so personal was the fact there was really only three soldiers handling the situation. You got to know each individual soldier and were just hoping everything would go smoothly. It would be hard for someone to view this movie and not be on the edge of their seat, so I think the director was extremely successful in terms of cinematography.

Golfview School

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Three Minute Egg

The three-minute egg segment I chose to write about focused on the work of three different artists. The first artist is named Irve Dell and he is a sculptor. In this scene they focused on his work using toys as pieces of his sculpture. I like how he draws meaning from his kids toys and other objects around him, like his father's prosthesis leg. The next artist was Kurt Hunter. He is a marionette artist who was working with paper in this segment. I thought it was pretty amazing the story he could tell with just paper and string. The last artist in this three minuet egg was Liz Schachterle. She was a very talented actor that used different media in her routine. In this three-minute egg she has a screen on her head that projects pictures that relate to her stories. She also uses puppets in her productions which add to her free-sprit personality.

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BFA Exhibit

Experiment Three
Author: Unknown

This piece consisted of a series of four photographs. The photographs were shown in a square frame that was split into quarters. There were two pictures side by side on the top and two side by side on the bottom. Each of these photographs were taken by the subject of the photo so they were a little of center and from different angles. The artist of this piece is next to each of his subject's pictures and he has also taken the photo of himself, by himself. This piece, "experiment three" was the third installment of his entire gallery, called "experiment." I chose "experiment three" because it seemed the most natural. This was the only frame of photographs with the subjects taking the pictures by themselves. The other frames had individuals who had their photo taken by a photographer. Having the subjects photograph themselves brings the viewer into their world and makes the photos easier to connect with. You notice more about these people than the people in the other frames because it seems more natural. Although this was a relatively simple project I think the artist did a good job of highlighting the individuals emotions in "experiment three."

BA Exhibit

The Distance
Author: Katia Rush Hall

"The Distance" is a series of five photographs. Each photograph is the same size and is hung one next to another in a straight line. All the photos share a common theme that appears to be influenced by Native American culture. At first the photos look like typical nature scenes with wooded backgrounds and various animals pictured in the foreground. However if you look closer you can see an image of a human superimposed over each photo. The human influence makes you feel like the artist is trying to touch these beautiful nature scenes. The nature scenes would look out of place with just a picture of a human thrown in but the artist has burned the human influence in so they blend very nicely. I really enjoyed these photos because each one was unique and had a lot going on. Trying to look at all five photos together as one is impossible because individual photo has so much to offer the viewer. I also have a bias towards landscape photos so I think that's what first drew me to this series but these photos weren't your typical landscape scene!

Trouble Begins at 8

If You Want A Forest Build One
Artist: Jason Gaspar

By Alex Kuettel

This table was a really interesting piece. It was in the center of a projected video by the same artist. I don't know if there was connection between his two pieces or if it was just easier to have his work all in one section. The blown up photograph appeared to be printed on the table but it was actually taped on to the table. I'm sure if the artist had more time/ resources he would've liked the image printed on the table but it was mounted nicely so you still got the effect of what it would be like printed. This photo stood out to me for a couple of reasons. The first reason being the environment of this picture is in the woods, which I find very peaceful. Another reason is the male deer in the background of this picture. You don't often see bucks and to get a photo of one is pretty cool. Then I started to think of what this artist is trying to say with this photograph. The majestic buck is partially covered by downed trees. Actually there are a great number of downed trees. The photograph appears to have been shot in fall because there is a great deal of leafs on the ground. The downed trees and the open skyline present an image that feels like a sick and dying forest. This image with the buck in the background made me think about nature and how little forest there is now compared to century ago. I thought this picture presented that parallel very nicely.

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