The Oberlin Review

“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,...

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...

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...

On the Record: Roni Horn

Jimmy Hagan, Arts Editor

March 11, 2011

Filed under ARTS, On the Record, Visual Art

You’re going to be doing a critique this afternoon. As art students, we do critiques all the time. Do you have any advice for students on how to critique their peers? I’m not really good with advice but the way I like to run critiques focuses on the experience of the audience. I like to encourage the audience to speak about what their experience of the work is. I like to restrict the author of the work so that it’s not a [situation] where the creative individual is basically standing up and saying what they did. It’s really more about letting the work speak for itself. … In a setting like a college, it’s a really great opportunity for an artist to have an audience with no agenda other than to develop ...

Ninth Congressional District High School Juried Invitational Art Exhibition Impresses

Ninth Congressional District High School Juried Invitational Art Exhibition Impresses

March 4, 2011

It's nearly impossible not to slow down and take in all the beautiful artwork lining the long hallway in the Science Center. Beauty aside, the works are definitely attention-grabbing and unique. When I first passed through the hall, just as the pieces were being put up, I knew immediately that these works belonged to high school students. Perhaps it was the angst seen in the self-portrait of a boy with clenched fists (Alter Ego by Jetuwr Davis) or the innocence of the black-and-white photo of flowe...

Online Art Fair Accidentally Great for People it Tried to Exclude

Jimmy Hagan, Arts Editor

February 18, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Few college students, myself included, get the opportunity to travel to international art fairs. Art Basel in Miami, while certainly a desirous escape from December snow in Oberlin, falls right on top of finals week — and, with loan payments starting to grow against our best interests, such extravagances epitomize an unwise economic decision. Still, gathering the best work — or at least the most marketable — displayed by the best galleries (the most prosperous) in one venue can thrill even the skeptic. Luckily for students, a group of high-powered art CEOs and Picasso-owning money men accidentally invented a solution to a problem we didn’t really know we had. Intended to foster unlimited access to the ...

The Art of the Poster

James Hagan, Staff Writer

December 4, 2009

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

As a culture, we are addicted to images. As a school, we are addicted to posters. This is a common phenomenon on many campuses, this particular vehemence with which we revere postering. In Wilder, we make a habit of immortalizing posters in clean frames, on those new flat televisions, and almost every student with a pulse has taken a favorite poster back to his or her room. This is not even mentioning the scale and effort of the posters. The number of silk-screened and particularly large items is astounding — the walls are often not big enough to hold them all. The end of the semester is prime time to go poster touring. There is a litany of solo student concerts, art shows and dance performances, each one...

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