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The Oberlin Review

Next Wave of Editors Revitalizes OCC

Liam McLean, Staff Writer

October 3, 2014

Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Visual Art

The Oberlin Comics Collective, a graphic arts collaborative and small press on campus, is expanding operations through an unconventional device: the risograph. This bulky print duplicator, developed in post-war Japan and marketed as a cheap and efficient alternative to the mainstream photocopier, has found niche appeal among contemporary artists and designers. For them, as for members of the OCC, its inexpensiveness represents control over their creative output and a DIY philosophy central to the collective’s identity. “We self-publish,” said Ben Garbus, OCC member and College sophomore. “That just means producing something from scratch and distribut[ing] it, and that’s what I love about what we do...

Art Library Displays Selections from Vast Mail Art Collection

Art Library Displays Selections from Vast Mail Art Collection

October 3, 2014

At the center of the Clarence Ward Art Library, there is a small display case that houses 10 highly detailed postcards embellished with text and imagery — an eclectic sample of Oberlin’s vast collection of mail art. Each piece is extremely personalized, some scattered with stamps, some with script, some with ink and paint, and most containing a combination of the three. The mail art movement dates back to the late 1950s and was conceived out of Marcel Duchamp’s ideas of art as a challenge...

Mysterious Artifact Discussed at Object Talk

Aviva Blonder, Staff Writer

September 26, 2014

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

A small crowd gathered around one of the many glass cases that line the walls of the Allen Memorial Art Museum this past Sunday for the Museum’s first “Object Talk” of the semester. On this particular afternoon, everyone’s attention was focused on “Lipit-Ishtar,” a small clay cone covered in cuneiform that dates back to 1939–1928 B.C.E. According to College senior Rachel Webberman, a student docent, the cone was donated to the museum by the Oberlin College Classics department in 1942. Because the piece was likely looted from one of several sites by the Tigris River in what is now Iraq, the exact origins of the object are unknown. An assyriologist at the University of Chicago matched it with seven other...

Honor Code Aids Resolution of Art Rental Debacle

Honor Code Aids Resolution of Art Rental Debacle

September 19, 2014

Art Rental occurs every semester, but last Friday night — the night before Art Rental — students and staff witnessed a spectacle that made the experience memorable. The evening began innocuously enough. Outside the back entrance of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, students pitched tents to the melodious strains of guitar music wafting from the courtyard. Some played cards, while others hunched over problem sets, notebooks or Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. The night’s excitement, however,...

Derstine, Birkhofer Hope to Engage New Audience for AMAM

Derstine, Birkhofer Hope to Engage New Audience for AMAM

September 12, 2014

The Allen Memorial Art Museum kicked off the commencement of the academic year with an evening reception Thursday, Sept. 4, paying tribute to its featured exhibition, Latin American and Latino Art at the Allen. Hosted by John G. W. Cowles Director Andria Derstine, the event achieved a jovial ambience; chattering visitors milled about a colorfully decorated central courtyard, partaking of a vibrant selection of wine and Latin American foods, while a five-man band of Conservatory jazz majors lent a s...

Local Photographers Explore Race, Gender Identity

Local Photographers Explore Race, Gender Identity

September 12, 2014

The framed photographs hung on the wall like windows into the subjects’ lives: an old man wearing sunglasses and throwing a yo-yo, a young woman holding a wide-eyed cat, a child waving goodbye while trapped by the photo’s edge. These portraits can be found in the exhibit Seeing Community: Visions from NEO, which opened June 27 and runs through Sept. 19. The exhibit showcases the work of 16 local photographers displayed in the Richard D. Baron ’64 Art Gallery located in the College’s Dewy War...

Aerialists Finish with a Bang in ‘Up In Smoke’

Aerialists Finish with a Bang in ‘Up In Smoke’

May 9, 2014

“Don’t light things on fire, kids,” College senior and director of the event Samantha Karpinski said, waving to the crowd — as if anyone would take her advice after watching her fearlessly twirl, swallow and spit flames just seconds before. This was the trend last Friday and Saturday night just after sundown as the Oberlin College Aerialists lit up the tennis courts with their circus caricatures, physical prowess, artistry and, yes, real fire. The crowd couldn’t get enough of Up In Smo...

In Spite of Controversy, Massive Crowd Gathers for Toxicity

In Spite of Controversy, Massive Crowd Gathers for Toxicity

May 9, 2014

Solarity’s latest event, Toxicity, generated nearly as much energy as a nuclear power plant. Despite the controversy surrounding the event concerning its name, hundreds of students flocked to Wilder Bowl last Friday night to see student artwork and dance the night away. The display seemed a far cry from the advertised “wasteland,” with only a few decorated trashcans conveying the nuclear wasteland theme. With blinking lights hung from the trees and the Solarity members’ glowing costumes,...

Weigl Exhibit Shuns Beauty

Jacob Rivas, Staff Writer

May 9, 2014

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Overlooking the value of art in the study of history is a common mistake. While history often focuses on objective investigation, art has the power to inject emotion and beauty from the present into the past, providing an essential dimension to historical events. The Usual Suspects, an exhibition of former Oberlin professor Jean Kondo Weigl, is a prime example of this infusion of bland historical facts with passion and humanity. The exhibit, which opened in the Baron Gallery in Dewy Ward ’34 Alumni Center on May 2, runs through May 16. The exhibition is thematically two-fold. One series of paintings is a clear depiction of American history with various references to indigenous American peoples and their culture....

Playful Showcase Features Animalistic Aerialists

Playful Showcase Features Animalistic Aerialists

May 2, 2014

The disorder of the jungle might seem an unorthodox pairing with the hyper-controlled technique necessary for aerial, but the combination worked wonders in the Circus Safari show held in Hales Gymnasium last Friday evening. The show, in which performers costumed themselves as a separate jungle animal that they then embodied during their routines, was hosted by College first-year Zoe Beach and College senior Rachel Webberman with the support of Oberlin College Aerialists. It made for an entertaining spectacl...

OC Alumnus Counsels Students on Art, Post-Oberlin Careers

Michelle Polyak, Staff Writer

May 2, 2014

Filed under ARTS, Music, Recent Stories, Visual Art

Composer, cultural producer and musician Nick Hallett, OC ’97, couldn’t stay away from Oberlin for too long. On Tuesday, April 29, he delivered a talk titled “The Impossible Convention: Hybrid Music-Art Practices in Gotham and Beyond,” which was sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Ellen Johnson Fund. Hallett described his art-making journey since his time as a double-degree student majoring in Linguistics and Vocal Performance at Oberlin. Professor of Integrated Media Julia Christensen introduced Hallett to the group of College and Conservatory students. Throughout the spring semester, the Art department has invited manyOberlin alumni who currently work as artists to come speak to students who are...

CS Exhibition Pushes Limits of Technology as Art

CS Exhibition Pushes Limits of Technology as Art

May 2, 2014

If the Computer Science Community Art Show were to be described in one word, that word would silently be pulled from the brain by a headset, fed into a seismograph and read as a beautiful array of colored lines. Although the featured artists at the event held on April 26 in Harkness House’s basement were not typical visual or performanceartists, the Computer Science department’s offerings were diverse and impressive enough to rival and perhaps trump Oberlin’s Studio Arts program. While made...

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