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December 3, 2008

“Hindsight is Always 20/20� and “What do you say, America?� – Tameer Mady

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Emily Burchell Gallery Visit Assignment

The exhibition I went to was "Millions of Innocent Accidents" by Hardland/Heartland and "Unconventional Wisdom" by Mike Elko and Ruthann Godollei at the MEAP Galleries, Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
From my gatherings, the exhibition was a group exhibition. It was titled by one person but more than one name appeared in the works throughout the entire exhibition. The media which were used were paints, newspapers, digital imaging and screen printing, charcoal, household objects, random materials and objects not specified, sound systems, wood, and visual projectors/TV's. The exhibition was arranged sort of in a random order but most of the artists were grouped together by similar authors.

The main theme which I gathered from the exhibit was graphic arts combined with a black humor featuring a combination of war, politics, corruption, various countries, and American disasters.
It was designed to showcase the work of individual artists while at the same time displaying a common idea presented in each section of the exhibit, which I talked about above.

Ruthann Godollei - Earplugs, 2000 Etching with Screenprint. An image showed an green iPod set in a black and white background. The screen of the iPod displayed: "podcasts-Pretend there's now war, stick it in your ear"...which then showed the headphones which were attached to the iPod as the main subject of the message which engaged the viewer. I believe that the artist was inspired by the economy and politics of the 21st century.

I would tell my friend that the exhibition is visually loud and has various audio sounds as well to accompany the visual images. Somewhat striking, not very easy to describe, it's better to be seen in person to fully understand the concept of the artist and receive the full experience. The concept contains various alternative views and is playful with serious issues regarding the world today. Gave the sense that Americans are oblivious and uninformed with a dramatic effect. I also thought it was kind of scary and didn't really enjoy that part of the viewing. Intimidating is what I might call it. Hard concepts to understand and fairly abstract.

Emily Kippels - Lee Friedlander

On Saturday, September 13th I went to see the Lee Friedlander photography exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. It was a collection of Friedlander’s personal work outside of his career as a jazz musician photographer. In the entrance you were greeted with stunning color photographs of the faces of these musicians, some taken from strange and unflattering perspectives. However, the vast majority of his photographs, over 500 in total, were taken with a 35mm camera and black and white film to capture what was described as “the American social landscape.�

Throughout Friedlander’s work, there are themes of Americanism and the mundane, and the shifting, intimate, behind-the-scenes perspective. My first impression of his collection was that many of the images seemed accidental. Some were taken from strange angles, or captured the backs of heads. Some of his images seemed sloppy and unprofessional, like the self-portraits he took in bed, or the reflections of himself in store windows.

Friedlander does an excellent job of capturing experience in the way that you would see them in person, which gives them a special advantage in connecting with the viewer. His images capture fleeting moments and often evoke stronger emotion than a posed portrait would have. Friedlander clearly enjoys capturing people in their own environment as was displayed in his images of people working at the office in their desks. There is a humor in these photographs, which is expressed through the awkward and intrusive positioning of the camera. His humor is also reflected in his self-portraits, all of which are unflattering and messy. One of my favorite images of his is titled “California�, taken in 1997, and one of his many self-portraits. The photograph was intentionally taken with bush branches between the camera and himself. His photographs don’t seem to relay a specific message, only to capture spontaneous moments and to make images from strange angles and perspectives to create more inventive, imaginative photographs.

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Work Date: 1997
Medium: gelatin silver print

Seeing this exhibit gave me valuable insight into the real-life production of a working photographer, and motivated me to get out there and start taking some pictures. All too often I am frustrated by my desire for perfectly composed pictures, and Friedlander’s collection has given me the confidence to take more spontaneous and playful photographs. I would definitely recommend his exhibition to a friend.

Waterloo Exhibition at the Nash Gallery

1.) There were several artists that were involved in the exhibition; Karen Kruston, Jhon Salminem, Chen-Khee Chee, Carl Grupp, and many more. There were about 120-140 art works in the exhibition. The materials used to construct the works of art were mostly watercolor and ink. Paintings were hung through out the exhibition.

2.) The theme was the symbol of American Culture, and people that were a part of that culture. Other themes included depictions of nature and wildlife, but mostly the art work was focused around gorgeous representations of nature; (forests, shores, etc).

3.) "Chicago, November" by John Salmien was my favorite; it was an amazingly realistic dipiction of Chicago, using water color. The artist wanted to capture and represent the culture of the city, and its people. He wanted to capture the realism of city life.

4.) I would recommend many people to visit the gallery, because the work I've seen there was one if the most beautifully done work I have ever seen in my life.

A Look Into the Past: Hindsight is Always 20/20 Exhibit at the Weisman

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I visited the Hindsight is Always 20/20 exhibit which was displayed in the Weisman Museum The exhibition was during the Republican National Convention, held in St. Paul before the 2008 National Election. The exhibit was adjacent to What Do You SAY, AMERICA?, both exhibits offered a window into the United State’s political history.
When I first entered the Hindsight is Always 20/20 exhibit, I was surprised to find two large rooms linked by large doorways and white walls.. Forty-one eye charts were hung at eye level around the room, one for each of the forty-one U.S. president’s State of the Union Address. The prints hung in chronological order from George Washington to George W. Bush, grey arrows marking the path. The State of the Union Address was originally a report written to Congress, but is now an annual speech which is delivered to Congress and televised. The speech outlines the president’s intent for political action in the years to come, and by selecting sixty six unique words from each speech, R. Luke Dubois was able to capture each era based on the presidents ideas for action. R. Luke Dubois was inspired to create the exhibit when he worked on The University of California Santa Barbara’s online American Presidency Project. He had access to coded and organized presidential documents, and wanted to use each State of the Union address to determine the focus of each president. Doing so very effectively, Dubois works let us view how our leaders viewed current issues during their presidency.
Dubois’s work reminded me of artists we studied in the second week of class, using text in place to display political messages as well as many others. The way he used lists and ordered the information was different though, the messages being displayed were vessels of information from the past instead of provoking change or action for the future. His art claimed that an artist has a right to be political, the art is their form of free speech.
Of particular interest was George W. Bush’s print. At the end of the trail of grey arrows and years marked by each president’s print, it hung like all the rest; in a white frame a few feet in width, eye chart numbers framed the words, which shrank in size from top to bottom. In bold black letters, ‘Iraq’, ‘Iraqi’, ‘Terror’, ‘Al Qaeda’, and ‘Homeland’ topped Bush‘s list, followed by words relating to the war on terror and focus of Bush‘s presidency. Looking back into the past eight years, we can see how those words fit into our history.
Though the art was not compelling like a traditional painting or statue, it captured history. Political enthusiasts and Joe Six-Packs alike would benefit touring the exhibition. His works efficiently outline America’s political history.


-Emily Larson

The UnConventional Gathering Place

For my Gallery Visit, I visited the UnConventional Gathering Place at Intermedia Arts Center in Minneapolis, MN. The event was held from August 30th to November 8th and was done as a politically-themed counterpoint to the Republican National Convention being held in St. Paul. The event featured many different media, all from Minnesota-based artists, although a large portion of the works were “new media� installations. The art was all very political in nature, with a noticeably liberal slant.

The UnConvention was planned as an artistic opposite to the RNC, using art and media to allow liberal-minded artists and other politically-engaged citizens to meet and discuss the election and political climate through art and installation. All of the art that was displayed showed a liberal theme, such as the “My Yard, Our Message�, an installation piece featuring a small “yard� populated with dozens of political yard signs, all designed by local artists and available for purchase for $20. The signs all have liberal messages, many trying to get people to vote or protest the war (http://theunconvention.com/projects/my-yard-our-message/index.html).

One specific work that got a lot of buzz at Intermedia Arts was “New Stations� by James Case Leal of New York. It consists of a pile of television sets arrayed in the middle of a small walking space, all of which display the same looping, surreal video. This work (and others like it, in various other galleries) aims to bring people together instead of sending them home to watch television alone and isolated. The piece attempts to reinvent the television medium, putting the viewer in control instead of the networks and corporations of the world.

If I were to tell a friend about this exhibition, I would say that it is a wonderful political forum, on both a local and world-wide scale—as long as you are of a liberal political view. As a counterpoint to the RNC, the UnConventional Gathering Place is not very conservative-friendly, but for liberally-/artistically-minded people, it can be an extremely interesting experience. Although a few of works seemed a bit unnecessary (such as “Political Science 101�, which was nothing but graphs and blog statistics shown from a slide projector), the gallery in general was quite fascinating.

-Cameron Kolbe

December 2, 2008

Hindsight is Always 20/20

• R. Luke DuBois’s “Hindsight is Always 20/20� was a one-person exhibition consisting of forty-one prints, one for each President in history that has delivered a State of the Union address. Each print, identical in size and shape, was spaced evenly around the perimeter of the gallery space in chronological order. Arrows marked the route the viewer was to follow.

• I thought the main theme of the exhibition was the importance of finding political reality to US citizens. These prints served as a metaphor for how leaders and the public see current issues and how sometimes citizens don’t agree with presidential rhetoric. DuBois emphasized the power of presidential rhetoric by making the word used most often in that President’s speech the biggest and boldest word on the print. But DuBois also emphasized the discord between the beliefs of citizens and that rhetoric by only grouping words on his prints according to his predetermined scheme, even if the words together didn’t make much sense. These jumbles of words that didn’t make sense to the viewer mirrored the confusion that citizens sometimes face when trying to interpret their leaders’ words. DuBois, in an exhibition placard, argued that the most important purpose of the State of the Union address is to regularly hold Presidents accountable to the democratically elected legislature. To him, preserving the sovereignty of our republic’s Congress is of utmost importance. I believe that the purpose of this exhibition was to get the audience to preserve the balance of power in American democracy by examining the present state of union critically, identifying political realities that might be shrouded in pathos, and then exercising their liberties if what they see doesn’t make sense.

• The last print in the collection was the speech of George Walker Bush’s. It could have been called George Walker Bush, or it could have been called TERROR, as that was the first and largest word on the print. It is difficult to determine a motivating factor for this specific work that is distinct from the inspiration for the collection as a whole, since to me this entire collection could be considered a single work founded upon a very interesting idea as opposed to a collection of displays of artistic skill that gave each work a special purpose. Nonetheless, I was drawn to this particular print because the first word was “terror,� and subsequent words included “Iraq, Iraqi, terrorist, Al Qaida, regime, Hussein, regimes, Iraqis, murder, terrorism, attacks, extremists,� and “protecting.� To me this observation about the artwork indicated that the majority of the words that Bush used in his address were very extreme and loaded. They were very frightening and clearly he was trying to associate Iraq with terrorism, be that the case or not. Perhaps DuBois thought this print would expose how (in my opinion) Bush tried to inspire fear in his citizens to take advantage of peoples’ feelings at the time.

• To a friend I would recommend this exhibition, but not as an out-of-the-way venture. To me it was difficult to justify these works as art. Sure the Snellen eye chart format was a nice touch, but as I mentioned earlier, this exhibition was just a really cool idea, not a form of communication that necessitated the visual choices DuBois made. I think that as long as an audience reads the word lists in any format DuBois could have conveyed his point effectively, and that a museum is an unnecessary venue, and in fact an ineffective one. If DuBois was seeking to reach the masses, as I believe he was, he would probably be more widely seen online, or on billboards, or in any medium that isn’t art but more a form of mass communication. Ultimately I would tell a friend to just Google the exhibition so that he or she could see a few of the prints and get what the idea was. That way I could pass on my discovery of an interesting concept without troubling my friend with an unnecessary trip to the museum.

Jessica Sun

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.

Nick's gallery visit, Journeys to Nowhere : Selections from the collection

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1. Journeys to Nowhere was a group exhibition that had about 10 works of art. The main exhibition was a short film by Pierre Huyghe A Journey That Wasn’t, a few of the other artists and their works included Gabriel Orozco, Joseph Cornell and Rivane Neuenschwander. There were a few sculptures and wall installations. Arranged in one of the rooms, there was a single stone on the floor next to a box of rocks, some sand made pieces, a painting of the ocean, and partly insect-eaten rice paper.

2. This gathering of works from the Walker’s collection revolves around the ideas of adventure and discovery, dreams and imagination, as well as nature and environment. These works are a commentary on nature and how humanity is affecting it. The whole exhibition was set up to revolve around a central theme presented by the centerpiece film. Carta Famita really remind me of the work we saw in class were the caddisflys used gold and precious stones given to them to make jewlery pieces.

3. A Journey That Wasn’t is a film created by Pierre Huyghe in 2005 was a very intrigueing experience and very enjoyable to watch. The film was shown on a very large screen. The movie was about a journey to find an Albino Penguin in a very remote island in Antarctica. The scenes showed in the film were very gorgeous showing what exactly it is like in the arctic. Also showing its sad side, the results of warming. It documented the journey artists took on a voyage of discovery. They set sail from Argentina to the the Arctic Circle. Their mission was to discover rare eco systems and unique and rare specimens of plants and animals

4. I would recommend it for others because it is a unique experience into a world not many get to experience. The thoughts and motivations behind the exhibition are very meaningful. All of the elements audio, and visual image provoke very strong emotional responses. The imagery and music are very beautiful.

Speaking of Home

The exhibition 'Speaking of Home' is a project created by Nancy Ann Coyne. She is a photographer and public artist, with exhibitions both at the national and international level. Her most recent work involves the creation of large-scale installations that expand and explore the qualities of documentary photography built into an environmental setting. The 'Speaking of Home' exhibit was initiated in 2005 and is the first public art project that has been created for the Minneapolis skyway system.

Coyne was the curator for the exhibition, which consisted of 23 photos of family members and individuals from different countries. The pieces were black and white, translucent, large-scale photographs on cloth that were put on the windows of a high-traffic skyway in Nicollet Mall. Each of the pictures portrayed individuals that had immigrated to Minnesota for various reasons ranging from disaster to politics. In the photographs was the word home written in white, in the language of the country that each family came from. Each photo shows a few members of whom Coyne collaborated with to create her exhibition. She was able to photograph them in a way that was able to portray the reasons why they immigrated to Minnesota, almost as a narrative of the major change in their life from one country to another. The main theme was to portray the different meanings of what the word 'home' means as it is something that is represented in every culture, but carries a different meaning from place to place. The photos were created in such a large scale to represent the enormous changes that each individuals experience as they transition in their immigrations to Minnesota. Coyne noted that "Having a home is important to every culture," where the exhibition underscores the importance of an affordable and safe living place for everyone to come home to. She also talked about how having a home isn't necessarily what we see, hear, or the things that we own, but instead a word that is not contained by any single definition, but instead one that transcends all of the senses. She specifically wanted people to consider what is the elusive thing that we each call home in our own way.

A piece that i found interesting was the Elsa Mekuria photograph which showed a mother and her son from Ethiopia. The photo shows a woman in a white dress embracing her son in her arms. Elsa Mekuria had been born and raised in Ethiopia but decided to move to the United States with her son to avoid the political instability of the country. She had taken this photo of herself as a memento to leave with her family as she and her son left for the U.S, leaving other family behind. She had stated that she moved to Minnesota in order to create a better life for her and her son, and because she wanted to be able to escape the stereotype of being a stay at home mother. She wanted to live in a place where her and her son would be able to create and make their own decisions, and where they would be able to follow their dreams. Like I had stated earlier, the curator had wanted each photograph to represent what different people called or considered their home in their countries of origin, and wanted to tell their immigration story.

I would recommend this exhibition to a friend, I think that it has a very neat message that it brings about what a home really is. It also made you think about what a home meant to you, and how the term can be interpreted differently when put in a different context. The exhibition portrayed the incredible diversity that can be found within the Twin Cities. Today there are more than 120 languages that are spoken by the children in our public school systems, and it is important to recognize the uniqueness and collaborative place that we live in but don't necessarily pay much attention to. It showed the importance of how a home can be created anywhere, and all you need is your family.

-Jenna Matteson

December 1, 2008

Corinne's Gallery Visit: Journeys to Nowhere

1. The exhibition “Journeys to Nowhere� was a group exhibition, where the main exhibition was a short film, however there were some other artworks (about 10) displayed outside of the movie theater (I was unsure as to whether these pieces were part of the exhibition or not). To get to the theater, there is a hallway leading into a room with various pieces of naturally-made art, such pieces of rice paper partially chewed by snails and a sculpture of landscape bricks. Next to get to the theater, there was another small hallway leading from the room with the art pieces to the theater. The film was continuously played in the theater and the main material used was film.
2. The main themes of the film are exploration and ventures into the unknown, where the artists tried to portray the journey in finding an albino penguin deep within the cold of Antarctica. I think the film revolved main by an idea; the idea of journeying to a remote island in search of a rare animal. This particular film was not meant to showcase the individual artists themselves, rather it was meant to visually document the journey the artists took and the lengths they went to achieve their goal. For example, a few lines were narrated explaining some of the challenges encountered while making the film. However, the main ideas were slightly hard to decipher since the film was not direct and to the point. his film was very similar to Chris Larson’s film.
3. The main artwork was the film, “Journey’s to Nowhere�, which was an installation made from the larger creation “A Journey the Wasn’t�. As stated before, the main idea of the film was to document the journey to a remote island in Antartica in search of the albino penguin. The film crew consisted of 10 crew members, seven artists and a whole symphony. The film used a variety of art media including film, video, sound, animation, sculpture and architecture. Along with filming the scenes in Antarctica, the film switches back to an outside stage in New York containing a whole symphony surrounded by fog and darkly lit buildings.
4. I would definitely recommend this installation to other people because I found it very moving and emotional, although the main themes were not easily understood. The use of music and visual images to express the emotions and thoughts of the artists were very profound and mysterious in their meaning, which added to the appeal of the film. In addition to beautiful music, the amazing scenery that was captured was unbelievable.


November 30, 2008

1 Million innocent accidents/Unconventional wisdom

The exhibit I went to was at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It was actually two different exhibits but they were paired. The first one was titled "Unconventional Wisdom" was done by two different artists, Ruthann Godollei, a professor of fine arts and former dean of fine arts at Macalester College in Saint Paul, and Mike Elko, a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Fine Arts. There were about twenty five pieces in all and they were made of either ink, screen print, or digital prints and were grouped according to the media used. The space seemed to fit well for both artists and all of the pieces complemented each other, both visually and conceptually.

Together their pieces humorously represented the corruption in our government, popular culture as well as consumer culture along with media, politics, and war. They used both somber and vibrant colors in separate pieces. What was the most intriguing was the way they took images of familiar objects and changed a few things altering its significance. Like the word "Surge" on a can of red paint made it look like blood, it made me think of the war and how much blood was, and still is being lost, and about why this is happening. Another example was a print of an IPOD with a message placed right on it. I think most of the pieces are easy to understand and decipher. I would most definitely recommend this part of the exhibit to a friend because it was humorous but with a very serious subject matter. It isn’t easy to make someone laugh at the piece you have made but at the same time make them feel worried and sorrowful about what is going on in out world at the present time.

The second part of the exhibit was called "1 Million Innocent Accidents" and was done my numerous artists. Total there was about one hundred pieces and were done with many different medias such as paint, photography, clothe, wire, plastic etc. and the pieces were arranged so the viewer could be lead easily from piece to piece and the pieces not only varied in media but also in size. This exhibit was also about politics, media, human, modern, and pop culture but was portrayed entirely differently. This exhibit was eerie and creepy, mostly because the images were of distorted people, or derogatory sayings, and their were sounds coming from the speakers that sounded like rusty nails rubbing together. I felt really uncomfortable, but I do think that was the feeling that was intended.

One piece i picked out specifically was called OXXXX HXXXX which took over a small wall, and was done with paint on panel. There were a few select bright colors but the feeling of the piece was still very dark. The main image in the painting was a distorted mouth with gagged teeth which said "Organ House" across them. It also had disturbing sayings worked into the piece like "kill yourself". I really don’t know what the message behind this painting was but I have to assume that the artist is some what disturbed. Possibly the artists goal was to grab the viewers attention with the bright colors but show how even when things seems to be bright he every person has some form of inner torture. I think he was also somewhat inspired by death.

This part of the exhibit I would not be inclined to recommend to any of my friends because of how uncomfortable it made me feel. It did not make me think about politics or war or culture the same way "Unconventional Truth" did. I think this exhibit is a bit more difficult to interpret.

November 26, 2008

Tanya Carney - Speaking of Home

I visited an exhibition entitled Speaking of Home by Nancy Ann Coyne. The exhibition was done by one person and included 23 separate pieces. They were all photographs that were installed in a high traffic walkway in Nicolet Mall. The pictures were translucent but not transparent. Above each of the photos the word home was written in a different language, one that corresponded to the country of origin of the person in the photograph.
The main theme of the exhibition was what home means and how places come to be a place to call home. Each of the 23 people represented in the photographs are individuals who emigrated from places all over the world to Minneapolis for various reasons ranging from fleeing political instability to unexpected natural disasters. Most of the photos contain one or two people one of whom the artist collaborated with. Through this collaboration the artist was able to obtain a photo and get an idea of why the person in the photo came to Minneapolis and how the move changed their lives. For example one of the photos is of a woman named Elsa Mekuria. Elsa was born and raised in Ethopia but decided to come to Minneapolis soon after she left high school due to political instability. The photo was one she took of herself and her son to leave with her family after she left. She said she came to the United States because she wanted to make a better life for her and her son and because here, as a woman, she would not be expected to stay at home and it was a place where her and her son could “make their own choices and follow their own dreams.�
I would definitely tell a friend about this exhibition. Each of the photos tells an interesting and unique story and helps to publicize the diversity that exists within Minneapolis.

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November 22, 2008

"Journeys to Nowhere" at the Walker- visited by Jacquilyn Weaver

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November 19, 2008

Print Biennial at Nash Gallery (ended November 6)

1. A group of jurors selected 57 artists to display between one and three consecutive pieces of their work that was entered in the Print Biennial Competition; these artists were selected from a entry group of 100,000 works. Their media was ranging, but all incluedd forms or ideas of print, and was their main media or technique used in their pieces. The exhibit was arranged for all of the artists pieces to be consecutively hung next to each other. The three 3D pieces were displayed either on a podium in the middle of the floor, or in the far back corner (which actually took up a lot of space).

2. The them was "print" and the exploration of the periphery mediums which still adhering to the original ideal of print. The jurors selected pieces that creatively diversified the commercial fine art world and the tradition of print. They selected pieces that embraced the edge of the medium while still respecting the practice and craftsmanship of "print". Ti was designed to showcase artists works that used conceptual processes to recreate the preconceived idea of printmaking by ways of multi-media representation and embrace the idea of a more media-cross breeding as a compliment to traditional practice.

3. David C. Donovan "Dig Through" : Mixed media installation
Donovans's installation include numerous tagged, numbered and dated cardboard boxes, a projector, and a repetitive film of a casted shadow shifting though and collecting a pile of stuff to put into a too small of box. The boxes were piled in no specific order or assortment, and created a walk way. At the end, the viewer could peek thought strategically placed holes between the boxes , into a den like area and see a projection of a shadow of a man, stacking and collecting things onto a table to put into a box. Dononvan was motivated by the idea of throwing ones problems into a "box" in order to sort it out later, and nothing happens, nothing is sorted or figured out later, and the pile relentlessness grows.

4. When the exhibit was still up, I recommended it to many people. the sheer creativity and flexibility between mediums for one solitary idea of "print" was amazing. Many of the pieces were intricate and impressive. It always is amazing to me how many interpretations and expressions can be formed from the same general base idea.