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Gallery Visit

I visited the Walker Art Center on Sunday, February 21. While I was there, I visited three exhibits and the Sculpture Gardens. I first wandered through the Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton exhibit. I liked her work because I noted a certain continuity in her art, which consisted mostly of people she knew. She tended to sketch brunettes, I also noticed while I was in there. I picked up on this because the majority of her art was of someone named Mark and he was dark-headed. I also noticed she had a flair for the unusual because she had art of him on the beach, and in dresses, and at concerts. She also paid particular attention to detail because she took the time to sketch in his tattoos. There were also pieces of art portraying historical figures. She had a very good resemblance of Michelle Obama and her daughter Sasha at the Democratic Convention that was on display as well as several of Marie Antoinette and other iconic figures. The next exhibit I went to was by far my favorite. It was entitled Mythologies and it was an eclectic semblance of art ranging from videos to sounds to optical illusions. There was a totaled car on display that had been taken apart and coated with fiberglass and pieced back together. The artist, Charles Ray, stated that he wanted to “make something that was so abstract it became real and so real that it became abstract.” I really liked the simplicity and reality of his work, and I appreciated how much of an impact something like that could have, as well as the message that it could portray. Another one in that gallery that I liked was a series of videos showing how this one man made ocean sounds on a sound board. I was fascinated by the ingenuity of his art. It was not traditional and it was highly original. I liked the optical illusion they had in there. It was of an American flag with inverted colors. There was a dot in the center that you stare at and then look at the blank wall and the flag with its real colors shows up. Right outside of the Mythologies exhibit there was a computer keyboard and a picture of a dolphin and you could type in questions and ask things about art and the dolphin was supposed to answer. Unfortunately, it was not working and it never answered our questions. The one I liked the least out of the ones I visited was the Tetsumi Kudo: Garden of Metamorphosis exhibit. This one was from Japan, and it was filled with displays that looked like brains and small children and all sorts of interesting things. I was confused by it and couldn’t appreciate it the way I had hoped. There were large head-like sculptures that were covered in paper of diagrams of electrical circuits, and they were facing each other and making clicking noises. I was not totally sure what it was supposed to represent. There was also a room inside that exhibit that was full of huge, caterpillar-like wall hangings, and they were all over the room. I was under the impression that it was all about the metamorphosis of a butterfly, but it was nothing of the sort. There was another display that I mentioned earlier of jars that were holding small dolls and brains. After I went through the exhibits, my friend and I walked through the sculpture garden. I didn’t get a chance to look around very thoroughly, but from the little that I saw, I preferred the exhibits inside. Overall, I really enjoyed my visit. I had never been to the Walker, and it was a lot of fun.