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The Oberlin Review

Yellin and Lachow’s Not-so-Fatal Attraction

Yellin and Lachow’s Not-so-Fatal Attraction

May 6, 2011

Artists and College seniors Claire Lachow and Isabel Yellin closed out this year’s Senior Studio series with their playful twists on classical tradition and abstract expressionism. Their show, Attraction is a Basic Instinct, created what was simultaneously a dramatic and understated finale to the year’s exhibitions. Lachow’s work is a clever reimagining of the ancient Greek ritual of arkteia, a ceremony in which, according to Lachow’s artist’s statement, pubescent girls were allowed ...

Vera Obscura Upsets Senior Studio Dominance

Jimmy Hagan, Arts Editor

May 6, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Vera Obscura, an independent senior art show that opened last Saturday night at the Richard Baron Gallery behind Slow Train, dispelled the myth that Senior Studio is the only premier venue for the top talent in the Oberlin art community. The show consisted of impressive and exciting work by College seniors Eli Steltenpohl and Sophie Miles and College fifth-year Jake DeVito. In general, Vera Obscura presented a complex investigation of various media and artistic disciplines. While Miles’s work addressed the idea of portraiture and the myths the genre reinforces about identity, Steltenpohl’s focused on the artificial distinction between sculpture, toolmaking and organic forms found in nature; additionally, ...

Solarity’s Neon Garden Presents Eye-Popping, Seizure-Inducing Blacklight Spectacle

Sarp Yavuz, Staff Writer

May 6, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Dance, Theater & Film, Visual Art

For many, Neon Garden began at 8 p.m. Saturday night in a very long line in front of the Science Center. Scheduled to begin at 10 p.m., the event’s pre-sale tickets had been sold out a week before, and countless Obies wanted to get the remaining 150 tickets at the door. The exact nature of the ticket numbering system remains unclear due to the amount of confusion in the long, disorganized queue, which ended with many students leaving frustrated and disappointed. This review is for those left behind. It is also for the chosen few who got in, covered in paint and wearing everything from tutus and bikinis to short shorts and Speedos. Neon Garden was Solarity’s big debut. Co-founded by College sophomores Eli Clark-Davis,...

“Imprinted Legacies” Takes on Family History

“Imprinted Legacies” Takes on Family History

April 29, 2011

“They used to call me chop-suey in Hawaii whenever I went there with my family,” said College senior Claire Stepherson, explaining the first part of her artist statement. “My skin would get really dark, and my hair would be really light.” Hidden in the back room of the FAVA Gallery, students and faculty alike acclaimed Stepherson’s exploration of her identity with praise and awe. Her media of choice — molasses, hair pomades and shoe polish— were particularly impressive and related...

Once Removed Plays With Identity, Memory, Jars of Condoms

Alex La Ferla, Staff Writer

April 22, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Last Friday, Fischer Gallery played host to Once Removed, a show by College seniors Emma Louise Rodriguez and Rose Hermalin that turned out to be yet another solid Senior Studio partnership. On its surface, the show appeared to display the artists’ radically divergent approaches; however, the works actually shared significant underpinnings of history and preservation, providing visitors with two distinct perspectives on the common theme of memory. Focusing on self-exploration and collective memory, Rodriguez’s work traced her family lineage through a wide array of technically challenging methods. Using photos, letters and history provided by her grandfather as stand-alone pieces as well as source material, Rod...

Photography Professor, Pipo Nguyen-duy, Awarded Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

Linus Ignatius, Staff Writer

April 22, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

This month, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation officially named Oberlin professor of studio art and photography Pipo Nguyen-duy a fellow in the creative arts. Selected from thousands of applicants, Nguyen-duy is one of 180 recipients of the 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship. The Foundation awards a select number of scholars, artists and scientists in the U.S. and Canada grants each year to support their developing research. The grant is “intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional creative ability in the arts,” and provides winners the chance to further develop their research. Nguyen-duy didn’t start photographing until his late 20s, when a friend tossed him a camera. “It’s not ...

Senior Studio/TIMARA Recital: Takahashi Bangs Things Against Things, Among Other Things

Senior Studio/TIMARA Recital: Takahashi Bangs Things Against Things, Among Other Things

April 22, 2011

On NPR a few years back, Thom Yorke of Radiohead explained the value of electronic music. Unlike strumming a guitar, he argued, sound played electronically doesn’t have to be decoded, re-understood and retransmitted electronically. It plays in its original form directly out of the speakers. What Yorke overlooks in his assessment is the constructed difference between real and artificial: We live in an age where sound and image can be so convincingly rendered by binary codes that they appear equal...

Trying to Keep Things Perfect Plays with Mythical Boyhood

Jimmy Hagan, Arts Editor

April 6, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Mothers and fathers use the phrase “boys will be boys” to excuse their male children’s troublemaking. In the 1940s and ’50s, the phrase could be heard on television and in books like The Little Rascals, Leave it to Beaverand The Lone Ranger. This fictional adolescence was a suburban American cultural product designed to nostalgically reimagine an extinct frontier lifestyle. These stories prepared young boys for a bland adulthood where nosy neighbors and adventurous mortgage decisions would replace fighting Indians and building cabins. Cooper Rogers’ senior studio show, Trying to Keep Things Perfect, updated and personalized these postwar Cub Scout tropes to create a mythologized boyhood. While the h...

“Translucidity” Envisions a Clean, Sharp and Concise Photo-Universe

Alex La Ferla, Staff Writer

March 18, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

According to the Merriam-Webster and Oxford dictionaries, “Translucidity,” the title of College seniors Caroline Casey and Skylar Sweetman’s Senior Studio collaboration, is not a real word. In the absence of a dictionary-sanctioned definition for the word, a more accurate — but significantly less catchy — title for the show might have been “translucence,” a characteristic evident on a number of levels in the work on display. Light and ethereal, yet surprisingly potent, Casey and Sweetman’s work was revealing, but still shrouded in a disquieting air of surreality. Casey perhaps embodies this trait more literally in her work, which consists predominantly of small rectangular Polaroid-style film photographs...

Artist Roni Horn Displays Multiple Personalities During Visit to Oberlin

Artist Roni Horn Displays Multiple Personalities During Visit to Oberlin

March 11, 2011

“Which Roni Horn do you want to talk to?” visiting artist Roni Horn asked a packed classroom in the Art Building before opening up a question-and-answer session. “There are many of them.” This bold, yet strikingly honest statement was characteristic of the way the artist addressed eager students and faculty members alike during her visit last Friday. Indeed, Horn’s multiple “Roni Horns” reflect the broad scope of her work, which encompasses a range of media including photography,...

Senior Studio Review: Singer and Kelly’s “Supernatural” Super Awesome

Senior Studio Review: Singer and Kelly’s “Supernatural” Super Awesome

March 11, 2011

Supernatural, the duo Senior Studio Show by Calder Singer and Mary Kate Kelly, unfolded like a delicate boxing match. Upon first impression, their work read like a battle between the ethereal versus physical, glamorous versus earthen, timeless versus fleeting. Could we even say hipster versus hippie? Although they were at odds in terms of naturalism and plasticity, the show moved beyond these dichotomies, working together and rocking out individually. In Fisher, Singer orchestrated a performa...

Guatemalan Art Exhibit Visually Stunning, Politically Charged

Abby Hawkins, Staff Writer

March 11, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Anyone who has strolled into Mudd Library since last Sunday cannot have helped but notice “La Mujer Maya: Contemporary Indigenous Art from Guatemala,” the aesthetically vibrant and politically charged exhibition co-curated by College sophomores Kenny Ludlow and Britt Higgins. With two cross-sectioned partitions forming an X, the display invites passersby to wander in and make their way around the three walls forming the structure. The setup is small enough to fit comfortably in the Academic Commons, yet spacious enough to allow viewers to walk among the 26 total paintings and transport themselves, if only for a moment, away from Mudd’s grim New Brutalist architecture. In the exhibition, patrons are surround...

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