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WAM-Leo and Doris Hodroff gallery


I visited the Leo and Doris Hodroff ceramics collection. Ceramics is not one of my favorite art mediums, but I found the gallery interesting enough. There are ceramics from around the world and from various time periods. I enjoyed trying to guess the culture based on the styles and decorations. I like the older pottery better for some reason. Maybe because of the history that surrounds them, whereas more modern pieces may have less history.
There is a collection of Mimbres pottery I really liked too. These are from a Mexican tribe from about a millenia ago. Much of these were cracked and some had a distinct hole that was broken through after it was already made. To me, the cracks make it so much more interesting than if they were whole. And no one really knows why there are holes, so you could say it's a Mimbres mystery.



Each MFA students work is so unique, it is so cool to have such variety in one gallery. I really liked Benjamin Brockman's woodcuts. His were the "alien rabbit" illustrations. Besides the rabbits, you couldn't really tell what you were looking at. It could have been an alien landscape or the someones insides. I enjoy looking at his style. I also was entralled by the masks. I couldn't find that little information sticker, so whoever the artist was, great job! I think they were trying to show different people. Some looked like they had a certain personality, and some were distinguished by a certain object. Some were animalistic, so I'm not sure I completely understand the idea behind them.
A couple pieces were a mystery to me. That interactive dark hallway one was exciting, but how that is art is beyond me. I also didn't get the point of the Perchance room with the boxes of leaves, feathers, glass, and dirt. I guess it has to do with the four seasons, but I don't know.

symbols :: absence | presence


Symbolizing Presence and Absence


We have been exploring symbols and images that have deep personal meaning to each of you. We will continue to explore how the meaning of these symbols and images is influenced when they exist as electronic media and when they exist in a physical form.

Our next project expands the context of our focus on symbols to include an exploration of the university campus. In this process we will look at the work of artists who act in public spaces. We will reflect on their range of motivations and actions as we develop a concept for a temporary, collaborative, art work on campus.

As you traverse the campus each day, notice places that catch your attention. Maybe these spots are noticeable because they are sites of a lot of activity or because they are void of activity. They may be spaces marked by objects that are beautiful, ones that strike you as odd, or ones that highlight your awareness of objects that are missing from the physical and or social landscape of the campus.

Do the things that you begin to notice continue to capture your attention each time you encounter them?

Post 3 ideas that you have for symbolizing absence or presence on campus.

Most/least interesting (Timo)


The least interesting photograph was James Henkel's MINNESOTA. It is a picture of a Gettysburg battlefield memorial. It is supposed to be a "visual echo". The photo is a close-up view of text on granite. You can only read fragments: 'FIRST REGIMENT', 'NESOTA INFANTR', THE FIELD OF HO'. A common phrase is "a picture is worth a thousand words", and with that in mind, Henkel's photo is only about 15 complete words. To me, it's an uninteresting way to portray an uninteresting subject.

The most interesting photograph is Erin Hernsberger's Untitled 3 (all flesh is grass). This is the only photo that made me want to see more of the subject. It is so ambiguous; I keep looking at it trying to figure out what it looks outside the frame. It has such visual texture, I want to feel it even if it is mold. Out of all the pictures, I most want to be on the location of Erin's subject to examine it more.
Question for the artist: Why did you choose this(What exactly is this?) subject and how does it relate to the meaning of Place?