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!