Thursday, February 19, 2009

UWEC Drawing Exhibit

Tuesday, February 17 our Drawing III class took a field trip to the Foster Gallery at UWEC to see the drawing exhibit.  The title of the show was appropriately entitled "Drawing Beyond the Edges."  The class was instructed to pick three of the works of art displayed and to take notes on the observations we make about each piece (also instructed to spend 1/2 hr. in front of each of the three works we chose).  Thus, below are the three works I chose, along with my observations. 

Edward Mayer

-Repetition; contrast; found objects; bed/mattress springs; 
-maze/entrapment; different paths one can take; climbing rope ladder (e.g. used in training courses to go over walls)
-heavy vs. light (the foam looks heavier and lighter in different areas because of the color and how it's displayed) 
-chaos vs. simplicity; spiraling effect(s); control of balance
-white-colored central 'springs'/'coils' in middle = nucleus/heart (?) 
-obstacle course; miniature golf course; connections (and transitions) between the various different materials utilized 
-scale (it spans from one end of the gallery to the other)
-interacts with the other artists' work in the gallery (at times, it almost "frames" the other work)
-display/presentation choices -> hanging from rafters, sitting on the floor, taped to the floor, hanging on
 the wall, etc...

(More images of Edward Mayer's work are available on my flickr page -> click HERE)

(Or go to Amy Fichter's flickr page -> click HERE)
(UWEC gallery photos on Amy's flickr account are around pages 7/8 and up)

Cal Lane 

-Religious iconography (crosses; cathedral floor plans, etc...)
-Repetition within and between pieces 
-Playing with contradictions (e.g. feminine vs. masculine; relationship between rectangle and circles; etc...)
-Intricate/delicate/dainty lace motifs around the
 borders/edges [delicate = generally is a characteristic attributed to women]
-Maps w/grids and/or graphs throughout
 images(s) [navigation = generally is a skill attributed to men]
-natural objects on something man-made 
-Imagery Examples -> world map; lace; astrological signs; family emblem/'coat of arms;' castle; trees; mask; compass w/face above it [controlling (blowing) compass direction(s)]; anchor; dragon; doe and buck; human figure (in Buddhist-like pose); semi-truck; foliage; 
-ready-made objects -> cut-open, flattened, transformed, etc...
-specific r/m chosen = significant to the concept/theme/mood of the piece as a whole --> oil drums (and/or cans) [reference to the war in Iraq and religion(s)]
-color = rusty -> gives the work(s) an aged/ancient/old feeling 
-intricate lace motifs around the borders/edges 
-Functional change -> barrel/can with the function of holding oil has been transformed into a decoration-based form 
-three "barrels" on one wall displayed next to each other and three "cans" on a different wall displayed next to each
 other -> create 'triptychs' = symbolic of the 'Holy Trinity'

(To view more photos of Cal Lane's work, visit my flick page -> click HERE)

(Or, visit Amy Fichter's flickr page to see more photos -> click HERE)
(For the UWEC gallery photos on Amy's flickr account see pgs 7/8 and up)

Fraser Taylor 

-sexuality and decay 
-abstract drawings 
-the letters 'i,' 'o,' and 'u' intertwined in various components of the piece
-display/presentation choices (1)two pieces shown here on the left were sitting/resting on the floor and were also separated from the larger body of the composition (located near one of the gallery
 entrances); which was basically at the other end of the gallery--and--(2) the 'larger body of the composition' was displayed off the ground on various forms of fixture-hanging devices (e.g. 'L's,' nails, hangers, etc...)
-varieties in surface treatments (high gloss vs. matte vs. textures vs. etc...)
-Variety of mixed media (e.g. wood; paper; paint; nylon, jean, & other fabrics; metal; etc...)

(To view more photos of Fraser Taylor's work, visit my flickr page -> click HERE)

(Or visit Amy Fichter's flickr page -> click HERE)
(For UWEC gallery pics, see pgs. 7/8 and up)

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