Lily Ohm- Journey to Nowhere
1). The exhibition that I saw was "Journey to Nowhere" at the Walker Art Center. As you walk into the exhibit, you enter a small room with white walls and black floor. Most of the art was hung from the walls. Everything was well spaced apart, making it easy to view each artwork separately. There was never more than three or four pieces hanging on one wall. One wall of the exhibit, made of rocks, was in fact a part of the exhibit. There were also two, three dimensional pieces in the center of the floor. The exhibit continued into a second room that was pitch black, where a film was being played. The collection was from about 7 artists, and the pieces were all taken from another collection. The media used varied with each piece, however, some of the more prominent media used were color photographs, ink, printed paper, oil on canvas, rice paper, limestone, plexiglass, colored foil, wood and 16 mm film (which was transferred to HD video).
2). The main theme of the exhibit was exploration and the inspiration was from the film "A Journey That Wasn't." The works of art were meant to demonstrate ambiguous and literal explorations of far-off places. The artists want us to question the world around us and the way that we see the world. The video that was being shown in the background was interesting because it showed places from all over the world. One scene appeared to be in the arctic, shot on a boat, with penguins in the shot. Another was filmed during an explosion of fireworks somewhere. The exact location of the scenes was never revealed and the viewer was meant to watch the video and make their own interpretations of what was happening and where. The artist created this film by traveling the world, to far-off places but then lets the viewer interpret and question what is happening in their own way.
3). The piece that I chose to focus on was "Horizon 1 - 10 Land. This piece was made by Jan Dibbets, and is a collection of color photographs of the flat dutch landscape. What makes the series of photographs interesting is that the landscape has been rotated vertically which creates diagonal lines through each photo. Where the sky meets the land opens up by 1 degree with each frame, making the area of land you see in each frame greater. This is done until the 10 degree mark is reached with the tenth frame. Dibbets was inspired to do this because these photographs present Earth in the most basic elements, color and geometry. Dibbet wants the viewer to see the world in a new way. She has presented the earth and sky to the viewer in the simplest of forms. Something that is normally extremely complex is presented completely differently in this art.
4). I would recommend that a friend go and see this exhibit. It has a great and interesting message about how we can always view things in a different way. It was very cool to see how each artist interpreted Earth and the far-off places of Earth. I also really enjoyed how many different media and techniques were used in the exhibit. Having so many artists contribute to the exhibit made each piece unique, not only because of the media, but also because of each artist's thought process and ideas when making the art. Over-all, I thought this exhibit was very interesting and it is definitely worth someone's time to go and see it.