Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Eau Claire, The Foster Gallery

Drawing Beyond the Edges
After driving around the campus, consulting a outdoor campus map, and many confused looks from Eau Claire students, we finally found The Foster Gallery. It was exciting to visit a neighboring campus and investigate their Art and Design building and gallery. I have to say, I am glad I am attending Stout.

The artist's featured in the "Drawing Beyond the Edges" show are:
  • Amanda Hughen
  • Edward Mater
  • Cal Lane
  • Fraser Taylor

I choose to do noticings of pieces done by the first three artists listed.

Amanda Hughen, "Preoccupation"
Ink, graphite, acrylic paint on drafting film

I noticed...

  • layering
  • honeycomb structure
  • it was dense in the middle and as the form moved towards the edges became less
  • there was a form the reminded me of pollen of a flower or ends of sticks
  • pale pastel colors
  • hexagonal forms
  • acrylic painted part pops out, more three-dimensional
  • some hexagons are filled, while others are just the contours
  • movement of the piece is bottom left to top right, diagonal
  • eye is drawn to the burnt orange color first
  • pthalo blue, mint green, baby blue, olive green, orangish pink, school bus yellow
  • invokes light hearted emotion
  • some of the hexagonal forms are only noticed when up close
  • few tiny hexagonal groupings
  • fingerprints
  • thickness/weight of lines are fairly consistent
  • long rectangle forms
  • long oval pill forms
  • total of 3 different shapes
In her artist statement is read that she, "abstracts forms from biology, architecture, geology and astronomy...repeat forms until they reach a critical mass which becomes a release of energy, a transformative movement..."

Cal Lane "Untitled (Map 2)"
Plasma cut steel drum

I noticed...
  • red
  • jagged edges, roughness
  • world map, side, top and bottom view
  • figures in 3 of the corners
  • Mother and Child
  • sphere form in top right looks like it is emitting light
  • boarder looks like dancing people or flower forms
  • block/box forms above the mother and child
  • top left figure has a basket of apples
  • positive and negative space of the piece create shadows on the wall
  • grid over world map
  • lines coming off of sphere in the top right moves your eye down and out of the piece
  • circle pieces are centered above and below of the large rectangle
  • grid lines are wavy- remind me of water
Edward Mayer
Noticed the hanging black rope of his entire piece

I noticed...
  • the hanging rope looks uneven from side, but when standing at the end you see they hang at an even distance from the ground
  • rope has a knot about every four inches
  • there are 16 hanging "u" from the ceiling
  • seem to hang in pairs
  • giant ball of knots at the end
  • other end rope is taped to the ground
  • is a part of a larger piece

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