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Sculpture in the Quarter Gallery

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!

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.

Katherine Nash Gallery 2

Katherine Nash
Unseen Rain by Jeanne Phillipp & Judith Huacuja

The piece consisted of six motion photographs that were displayed next to each other with a small space in-between one another. In the middle of the photographs was a canoe that was suspended from the ceiling. It was a small canoe and appeared to be handmade by a craftsman. Under the canoe was reflective material that reflected unique shapes over the motion pictures. There was a lot to this piece! It was a very large display that was unfortunately crammed in because of the amount of work being displayed during this show. It would've been nice to see this piece on it's own wall because it would not only look better but also not take away from the much smaller pieces being displayed right next to "Unseen Rain." My favorite element of this work would definitely be the motion photographs. They were of a woodland landscape in winter. These pictures instantly reminded me of the woods near my cabin in Wisconsin. The pictures were taken in Ohio but the scenery would have meaning for anyone who has lived through a Midwestern winter. The reflection of sunlight also added to the photos, they shapes of light made the pictures seem even more realistic. Unfortunately I didn't really enjoy the main attraction of this piece, the canoe. The photos were so well done and powerful, but it was difficult to see some of them because the canoe was directly in the middle of the piece. It was impossible to see all the motion pictures at once, which seemed to be the idea behind the photos because like I said, the canoe was center stage. I actually did have a dislike about the photos too. They were displayed on long posts so they weren't touching wall, which took away from the realistic element of pictures. Another thing I didn't like about the photos was a white border running along the top of every photo. Again this border really subtracted from the realism and meaning the pictures had to me. I don't like ending on a negative note though because all in all I did enjoy this piece! It had many different elements, which really made the viewer think about a range of different meanings. Also the fact that it felt crammed wasn't the fault of the artist so you can't blame them for a overcrowded show!

The Chambers

Our time at The Chambers Hotel was a very exciting experience. From the lobby to the artwork that fills the hotel, all of it was really impressive. The piece that I chose to write about was called "Titanium Expose" by Machiko Edmondson. It was hard choosing which piece of art to write about but there was something about this picture that drew me in. The painting was done with oil-biased paint on a large canvass. I have always liked the style of realism in painting and this work was incredibly realistic. The woman pictured was very beautiful but had a single tear running down here check. The woman's green eyes were also a big part of this painting. The large green eyes make this picture impossible to miss because they were so well done and the shade of green is so unique that no one can walk by and not take a look. Yet another dimension of this painting was the light freckles on the woman's cheek. This gave the woman's face some character and made it easier to connect with the emotion she is trying to convey with the single tear. I think the space that the painting was in added to it's attractiveness as well. It was one the first pieces of art that you see when you pass the lobby and it has a whole wall to it's self. When you walk by for the first time there so much more loud art surrounding this piece that you would think a realist painting would get lost. On the contrary, this picture definitely can stand up for it self. The other picture by Edmondson wasn't quite as powerful as "Titanium Expose" so they made a good choice putting this piece before the other painting. Like I said before all of the art we got to see was great but I think that this was my personal favorite.

Katerine Nash Gallery

Artists: Minna Rainio & Mark Roberts
Title: Borderlands (Three-channel-video)

The thing that caught my eye about this piece was the images reminded me of Sweden, where I traveled to six years ago. The landscape of Scandinavia is very recognizable to people who are familiar with it. The three-image presentation was very interesting and really helps the observers feel like they are actually there. This piece was politically charged; it talked about the Finish and Russian boarder when Russia was communist.

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