By simulating the everyday and accessible commodity, it becomes explicit that Green Stamps is much more grandiose in scale than an average sheet of stamps would be. With this idea, Warhol seeks to make a spectacle of the banal.Read More
After hanging out in his room one night and being asked to doodle on a Marketplace Receipt, the ones that almost every student is given each day, I was instantly intrigued by what he had started to envision. It is simple and expressive, and while I know this doodle project is only a starting point, this idea has already been an inclusive and creative way to get to know new people.Read More
For refugee artists who fled their country to escape war and devastation, art is both a passion and a tool: a tool to retain their identity even as all else has been stripped away, to generate income for their families, and to share their message with the outside world. In Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan, these artists include professionals who taught art in Syria, youth who were studying Modern Art prior to fleeing and individuals who have newly developed their passion in exile.
On April 26, 1986, the reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station exploded, killing one instantly and damning millions to endless radiation. In 1996, Svetlana Alexievich revisted those who survived, called Chernobylites, and wrote down their stories. She published an account entitled, Voices From Chernobyl, and won the Nobel Prize. In 2016, on the night of the 30th anniversary of the disaster, ten of these stories will be performed as monologues. They will take you from the night of the explosion, to the future of Eastern Europe. Come listen to them, these voices from Chernobyl.Read More
WORDS: JACOB KARLIN '17 AND SOPHIE ZINSER '16
The Wesleyan Refugee Project will present “Art in Crisis”, an art show exhibiting the works of artists within the Za'atari Refugee camp in Amman, Jordan. Home to over 100,000 refugees, this refugee camp is the largest refugee camp in Jordan. The presenting artists range from professionals who taught art in Syria; to youth who were studying Modern Art; and to those who newly developed their passion in exile.
Sophie Zinser ’16, Elisavet Arslangolou ’16, and Thafir Elzofri ’19 will host a digital Q&A with the artists this Saturday, April 16. Students will have a special opportunity to give critical feedback on art pieces and understand more about the crisis. Between May 1 and May 22, art will be sold in a silent auction format at Wesleyan's Center for the Humanities, with proceeds going directly to the artists in Za'atari.
The Q&A will take place in Albritton 004, from 12:30-1. "Art in Crisis" will be presented at Wesleyan's Center for the Humanities, May 1 to May 22.
PHOTOS: BENJAMIN HICKS '18
In case you missed it, here's Week 2 of the Studio Art Exhibitions, which presented the works of Milo Farley, Molly Grund, Nathan Harris, Caroline MacNeille, and Evan Ortiz.
Though students’ interactions with Physical Plant workers are often reduced to a note left on a door confirming that they were here and fixed our problem, BUILD brought us into their environment and asked us to see more from them than what we are, typically, accustomed to.Read More
Patrick Nagel is one of those people whose work wedged itself so deeply and securely into the popular consciousness that we actually need to take a step back to appreciate how genuinely interesting and compelling it is.Read More
The Tanya Bonakdar Gallery sounds as you’d expect any gallery or museum to sound in the middle of a Tuesday afternoon in March – largely quiet, save for the rustle of papers and a few muted footsteps. Oh, and the occasional chorus of bird chirps.Read More
WORDS: REBECCA SHTEYN '18
PHOTOS: BENJAMIN HICKS '18
The first week of the Studio Art Thesis Exhibitions presents works by Rebecca Brand, Rachel Fox, Addison Rose McDowell, and Elissa Palmer. Through plastic, paper, metal, and light, this week's theses investigate the infrastructures and institutions that construct our physical reality.
Elissa Palmer's perspective
Each of Elissa Palmer's sculptures utilizes repetition of geometric figures to create an almost infinite continuity, creating harmony between the 2D and the 3D side of things. Without examining each sculpture up close, one would not be able to tell that they are all entirely made out of laser-cut paper. “Paper is extremely delicate and malleable, yet strong. This is how I see nature--from a distance, rivers have their own continuous movements, and they always will. But if you look closer, with each wave, the water changes and will continue to change”, says Elissa of her inspiration for her architecture thesis. On a table lay small geometric sculptures, accompanied by spray-painted depictions of their two dimensional shape. To the side hangs an enormous sculpture, comprised of continuous repeated geometrical shapes. Elissa notes,“It’s always difficult to explain what is going on in your head, but it’s so easy to simply create it. That’s what I did.”
Rebecca Brand's ex situ
“Being an art history double major has greatly developed my interest in archaeological archival and the politics of space” Rebecca Brand comments when I ask about her inspiration. “It’s interesting to note how people can live in one place for their whole lives, and never notice that their city or town is organized in the shape of a flower. They go about their lives without considering their aerial view or the bigger picture.” Having grown up in a cul-de-sac herself, Rebecca explores the various aspects of city planning based on her own unique coding system comprising of seven principles, which she conveniently provides on a side table printed on a sheet of paper. Her work focuses on eternal artifacts from different times and places, and how they can manifest and mutate into other structures. In addition to providing the current layouts of cities from around the world, she manipulates them based on her seven principles to create her own interesting layouts and shapes for cities. “I want to interact and I want others to interact with the places we live in, so I have worked to unpack bits and pieces from the originals to create my own version of city planning.”
Addison McDowell's middle grey
Addison McDowell’s thesis is both a macro and micro investigation of clarity, occurring simultaneously. She notes that “by zooming closely into various objects, I hope to displace the viewer so that the more they look at my drawings, the more confusion they feel.” By incorporating videos into her work, Addison plays with the idea of movement and change to create an environment of uncertainty and analysis. “It makes me think about how as young adults, we tend to analyze every bit of a situation that we may find ourselves in, to the point that we lose all of the clarity that we think we have. This is what my thesis is all about--clarity abstraction.” While she does not wish to disclose the identities of the objects she chose to investigate, it is all about how the viewer moves in and out of the drawings, taking in more and more information, but at the same time questioning each bit of information that they acquire.
Rachel Fox's Home Improvements
Technically a photography major, Rachel Fox included both photographic and sculptural elements in her thesis, but it has morphed into a large, DIY build-your-own-house sculptural project. Upon walking into her piece, you see that all of the wooden structures that she built herself are covered in clear vinyl. “I see this as a showroom”, says Rachel. Most of her structures have multiple layers visible in them--one can see both the inner insulation of the walls, and at the same time a glass vase on a shelf, or a key hanging on a wall. “The idea of home is overdone. Everyone has a vision of home in their mind, but I wanted to take that apart and examine it from the inside. I am interested in the layers of a home, both literally and figuratively.” Each part of her “home” is incomplete, seen by the most obvious separation of the structures. But at the same time one can see plants, shelving, and lighting throughout; these small household items make even gaping open walls feel like a home.
Photo: Alice Goldberg '19
Even tough it snowed today, Spring just started.
Shoutout to BH19' and BM19' for the help, this was a though one...
His vibe, so to speak, is the epitome of chill, welcoming, laid back but not in a contrived or performative way. Simultaneously leaning and sitting up as we talk on his couch his blue ocean jacket blends into the blue upholstery effortlessly, almost like the couch is trying to emulate his style.Read More