Week 13: Artist Interview

Marty Knop

Marty Knop’s installation, titled icosikaihenagon, is all about the visual representation of mathematical functions. For this show, Knop used Mathmatica and Photoshop to generate the patterns seen in the gallery. He would then screen print the patterns and on some of the pieces, would also add colors to the patterns using paint.

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Some of the pieces were based on the graphs of trigonometric functions, while others were generated using the inverse matrix function. He was particularly interested in the symmetric properties and the “textilely” patterns that the inverse matrix function produced. He would then take these patterns and superimpose them on polyhedron. He added that these low-poly shapes were used by the software to aid in computing, but that wasn’t why he used them. Instead, he felt like they created more interesting images.

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When choosing the colors, Knop was focused on the contrast between the colors. He was mostly interested in the individual shapes, and he felt that the “color helps [him] define that territory.” These three pieces shown below all have the same shapes and patterns, however, the colors that fill each shape are different. At first glance, they appeared to be three different images, but then I saw the commonalities.

Knop feels like there is a lot of potential in exploring math this way. He sees computers as an invaluable tool and that as they evolve and progress, so to does mathematical exploration. Today, because of advances in and the reduction of cost of computing, Knop is able to generate patterns which would have been infeasible just a few years ago. It will be interesting to see what artists like Knop will produce as computing continues to advance. This novel approach at exploring math may bring about new understandings that traditional schools of thought were unable to produce.

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Week 12: Artist Interview

Piet Eppinga

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Piet Eppinga’s exhibition, titled It’s About People, explores people’s roles in various relationships. The way Piet showed off his pieces was quite different from all of the other artists I’ve talked with throughout the year. The artists tended to sit out front and answered questions that anyone had. Piet on the other hand took a more active approach. He gave all of the students in the werby gallery a tour of his pieces. I really liked this method as I got to hear directly from the artist his explination of each piece and would answer questions right there. It was a much more egaging and enjoyable experience.

IMG_5478The first piece, titled “Man-Woman-Child,” explores the many relationships that exist within a family, and the roles that each member plays with respect to the other members. It is meant to inspire the viewer to analyze what roles they play within their own family. For instance, the man plays two roles. He must think about how he plays the role of father and husband. This is shown through the connections made within the sculpture. The man and women are bound together at thier heads, but are also bound together at the base, where the baby rests. The baby is not actually attached to the rest of the piece, instead it is resting within a cavity in the base. I took this to mean that the child’s role in the relationship is, in a way, temporary. At one point, their was no child, yet the man and woman were still connected. Then, they child came and formed a new connection between them. At some point, the child will grow up and leave, outgrowing this role and will go out to form his own relationship. Even then, there will always be that place for him with his parents.

IMG_5481This piece is titled “Father and Son.” The father is the large sphere and the two clay legs. The son is the small sphere and the smaller leg in the foreground. The son is leaning against the father. With this piece, Piet discussed the role of the father and the tendancy of inadequacies of a father to passed down throughout generations. The failures of a father on his son lead to a son which will grow up, become a father, and make the same failures. I saw this piece as a warning from Piet to the men in the room, to be especially careful in the ways they raise thier sons, as the consequences can extend far beyond.

IMG_5482This piece, “Christianity Chrystalized,” came with quite an interesting message, which Piet stressed was neither pro-religion, or against religion. It was instead, just a commentary on Piet’s view of the Christianity. Piet views the state of Christianity like crystalizing honey. The religion, like those before it is prone to being replaced by more modern ideas. If not addressed, the honey will harden completely. The honey can be revitalized. Just like a little bit of heat and stirring can reliquify honey, it will take some work to restore Christianity to its previous state. If not addressed, the religion may die. This is signified in the overall shape of the piece, a tombstone. The main figure represents Christ, with his peirced hands and crown of thorns. In the center is the cross on which he was crucified, and the cutouts on the sides are the crosses of the two other men that were crucified along side him.

Week 11: Artist Interview

Patricia E. Rangel

The journey that led Rangel to this installation started with her experimenting with using dirt in pendants. This installation was her way of further exploring different things to do with dirt. The pieces on display were inspired by the sights she saw on the way to a cemetery for babies.

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This piece is called Trellises. It was made from grape trellises, which are used to support grape vines as they grow. All of the wood and dirt is collected from the roadside. The wood is arranged, and the dirt is compacted in molds.

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This piece, titled A Racehorse that Never One a Race, consisted of a series of brass links that mimic the shape of a cemetery where babies were buried. There is a link for every baby that is buried there, and one single gold link for Rangel’s sister, Corine.

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This piece, titled Sifted, is similar and I assume it had the same inspiration.IMG_5441

I thought this piece was quite interesting. Titled Potential, it is a large pillar of compacted dirt collected from various sites. It had many large cracks running throughout it. I asked Rangel about it, and she said that even though they look fragile, they were actually very strong. She then added that after the pieces are taken out of the gallery, she breaks them back down with a sledgehammer. She said that breaking them apart is the best part of the process.

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Week 7: Artist Interview

Brianna Allen

This week’s artist interview was quite unique. I just happened to arrive just as Brianna was starting the second session of mediation. I decided, on the spot, to try it out and I am glad I did.IMG_5128

As it turns out, my decision to joint the meditation session was exactly the situation Brianna was trying to create for the class. She wanted to prompt that happenstance encounter just like she experienced earlier in her life.

When talking with Brianna afterwards spoke about how she was introduced to yoga. At the time she did ballet, and the building where she danced also had yoga sessions after she would dance. One day she just happened to stay and joined the yoga group. She loved it and it now meditates and does yoga every day. Now, her yoga and meditation bring her piece of mind in her daily life and she wanted to share that with our class, and anyone else on campus willing to try out this new experience.

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mimic the existing architecture in the space

Brianna filled the Werby Gallery with air containing ducts, metal pipes, and electrical conduit. She turned the lights to point up into the black ceiling instead of the white walls as was the norm in the other galleries. This was an interesting way to adapt the existing lighting to create a ambiance in the room.

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Another defining feature of Brianna’s gallery, was the audio she had continuously playing  in the room. The audio definitely followed the same theme as the rest of the gallery, mimicking the natural elements of the room. One of the tracks was composed of recordings made from the buildings around campus.

IMG_5124I really enjoyed the meditation session. One thing that Brianna said during the session that resonated with me was that we should be aware of the internal dialogue going on in our head. This was eye-opening as I thought about the thoughts I had while walking into the room. The little conversations I had with myself about what I was seeing in the room and what I was expecting to happen.

It was calming experience and made me aware of the mental state that I experienced throughout the day. I tried meditating myself the following mornings, and I feel as though it had a positive effect on the mental state that I carried into the day. The one thin g that was most rewarding for me, was getting away from the reliance on schedules and time that I was so used to during the day. Instead of setting a timer for a certain time and waiting for it to go off, I just meditated until I felt satisfied. The first time lasted less then ten minutes, but felt like quite a long time. It showed me just how reliant I had become on a constant stream of information and entertainment.

I asked Brianna why she chose 11 minutes. She said that 11, 21, and 31 minute meditation sessions had traditional historical significance that was also backed up by modern scientific studies. These studies confirmed the idea that these different durations of mediation allowed people to reached different levels in their mental state. While I can’t image being able to meditate for a half an hour without becoming distracted, I’m going to try to increase the time spent each morning and see if I notice any difference.

Week 5: Artist Interview

Manny Krakowski

This week had a short interview with Manny about his gallery, Distance Between Here and Their. About his piece Here and Their, he said that it was experimenting with the clothes racks and displays seen in clothing stores. While it surprised me at first, as that was completely different from what I was, It made more sense when I saw the slide show that he had playing in the other corner. This slideshow consisted of pictures of the piece being used to display clothes, shoes, and hats. You can see most of them below.

What I found most interesting about this piece, was a half unrolled sheet of canvas on the ground in front of it. It turned out that it was actually part of the piece. Manny explained that he had laid the sculpture on the canvas, traced it out and then pained it in. He said he was playing around with the idea of “transferring the object” from one space to another.

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Displacement of spaces and objects.

This idea can be seen in some of Manny’s other works that I found online: http://www.mannykrakowski.com/index.php/sculpture. The piece Alteration shows wrist watches and scissors held up by a string. A light casts a shadow from the objects, onto the wall behind them. Another piece with a similar theme is titled Minthe. Both of these can be seen on his website.

Week 4: Artist Interview

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Juliet had a few installations in the Werby Gallery, but my favorite was titled Fenestration Drawings. The word fenestration refers to any opening in the walls of a building. Juliet’s drawings were of the views on campus as seen though windows. IMG_4926 While some of the drawings are looking out through windows, others showed views looking into the buildings. I think what I found interesting about these drawings is the way they vaguely define the outlines of the main features they portray. While most of the paintings on display in the galleries this week were of a more traditional style, these drawings stuck out.IMG_4927 Because the drawings were so minimalistic, it wasn’t always immediately obvious what they were portraying. They forced you to really study them to figure out what each of the lines are representing.IMG_4929