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The Oberlin Review

Object Talk Explores Complexity of Robert Venturi’s Postmodern ‘Ironic Column’

Katherine Dye

September 20, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Sunday’s Object Talk at the Allen Memorial Art Museum was given by College junior Mallory Cohen about the “Ironic Column,” an ornamental element of the Allen Memorial Art Museum addition designed by renowned postmodern architect Robert Venturi. The column, located in King Sculpture Court just beyond the main courtyard, is a tall wooden structure which encases one of the supports of the modern addition to the museum, with circular flourishes toward the top that resemble the capital of an Ionic column. The column is a postmodern commentary on both classical and modernist architecture. The column’s qualities, such as its comically large and distinctly phallic capital, and the fact that it is made out of wood...

Two Spaces, One Story: Audra Skuodas Seeks Archetypal Parallels

Oliver Levine, Staff Writer

September 6, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

For 50 years, the visual artist Audra Skuodas has been diligently producing artwork that confronts and connects internal and universal themes. Incredibly prolific and constantly evolving, Audra has built up a body of work that contains dozens of series of drawings and paintings — not to mention an extensive collection of handmade books and collages. It’s no surprise, then, that an accurate representation of her artistic journey might take up more space than most. This is why, from July 21 until Sept. 12, Skuodas has filled up both the Baron Gallery and Firelands Association for the Visual Arts Gallery spaces with mirroring shows. These “archetypal parallels” serve to highlight specific moments in her car...

Photorealist Creates Beauty for Victims

Willa Rubin

May 10, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Audrey Flack, an artist highly regarded for her pioneering work as a photorealist in the 1960s and 1970s, gave a lecture at the Allen Memorial Art Museum last Thursday. Flack’s work uniquely stands out because of her technical virtuosity as a painter, depicting images that appear so tangible they could be taken right out of the painting. Flack discussed her journey as an artist and how navigating motherhood and developing empathy and social awareness for others contributed to her artwork. But above all, her work has been influenced by her strong affinity for feminism and the concept of social consciousness. She attributes this to her Jewish upbringing and her experiences raising a daughter with autism. In the...

Classic Craftsmanship Reimagined in Permutable

Michelle Polyak and Abby Hawkins

May 10, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

A common element visible in College seniors Lake Buckley, Lily Dithrich and Lenora Rigoni’s Senior Studio and Thesis show Permutable, shown at FAVA Gallery on May 3, was the presence of craftsmanship. Buckley, Dithrich and Rigoni work in various media ranging from woodworking to installation, from drawing to embroidery. Each artist begins her creative process with objects that already exist. In her artist statement, Buckley writes, “In developing process oriented works, I have come to reflect on the multidimensional quality that location holds in our memories.” The artist contributed multimedia embroidery work as well as large-scale furniture installation pieces to the show; in “Incorporating Self,” Buckle...

The Mechanics of Self-Creation, Abstraction, and Feedback in AUTOPOIESIS

Taia Kwinter

May 3, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

College seniors Thomas Huston and Ryan Caruso created an elegant amalgamation of work in their senior studio show AUTOPOIESIS: an exhibition of electronic abstractions. The show took place in Hales Gymnasium, creating a subtle and compatible backdrop for the work with the aged, retro atmosphere of the old gymnasium. The vastness and airy quality of the room, as well as the artworks’ free-standing placement throughout the space, created an atmosphere somewhat like the Park Avenue Army in New York City. The visitor was able to move through the space comfortably and uninhibitedly, able to view the art from all angles and distances. Autopoiesis as defined by the Web Dictionary of Cybernetics and Systems, is “the proces...

Beyond Paint Values Process Over Product

Michelle Polyak, Staff Writer

May 3, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

The focus on the process of creating a product of art was the central theme of Becca Kahn-Bloch’s and Samuel Wechsler’s Senior Studio and Thesis show titled Beyond Paint, shown at FAVA gallery on April 26. As one of the smallest Senior Studio shows, the duo collaboratively organized their work so that it was complementary. Kahn-Bloch works in series. Her primary artistic practice is printmaking, though it was difficult at first to distinguish how her pieces incorporated this medium. Her color palette of opaque shades of grey, purple and beige stayed constant throughout her collection, as did her use of masking tape. Kahn-Bloch prints on Plexiglas and vellum paper, creating ephemeral landscape sites interrupted b...

Cooling the Babylon Matrix Meditates on Consumption, Entertainment

Taia Kwinter, Staff Writer

May 3, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

A busy weekend of Senior Studio shows closed with College senior Lily Gottschalk’s Cooling the Babylon Matrix, a remarkable feat of installation, performance, sculpture and multimedia art. Utilizing many of the facilities in Philips Gym, Gottschalk created a labyrinth of spectacle, consumption and interrogation. The event opened at midnight on Saturday, just as Solarity’s Awaken the Wild event closed for the night. Although this planning was unintentional, the eccentric energy of Solarity’s attendees, as well as the number and level of inebriated students, played well into Gottschalk’s purpose and subject matter. At the entrance to the gym two women stood behind a greeting table, which was neatly arranged with...

“They Used To Call Me A Fag” Renders Haunting Portrait of Masculinity

Abby Hawkins, Arts Editor

April 26, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

It was difficult to navigate the swarm of bodies crammed excitedly into the basement of Hales Gymnasium on Wednesday night, all drawn to this dusty corner of campus for the well-known allure of Sarp Yavuz’s Senior Studio show, “They Used To Call Me A Fag”: the sex, the spectacle, the uncertainty of the many circumstantial relationships between photographer and subject in Yavuz’s sexually charged images of young, athletic men. Indeed, this ambiguous dynamic underlies the uncertainty of Yavuz’s relationship with his own father, a theater director whose presence — and lack thereof — shaped his approaches to art and to sex. A less crowded atmosphere would have allowed audience members to appreciate the overwhelming...

Sneak Preview: Awaken the Wild

Abby Hawkins, Arts Editor

April 26, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Dance, Music, Visual Art

Could you explain the theme “Awaken the Wild” a little bit more? It’s very nebulous right now. Eli Clark-Davis: We’re going for an “enchanted forest” sort of theme — monsters, fairies, all the craziest creatures you could ever imagine. Evan Baker: Definitely. Animals are a big thing that have been in all of our designs. Our whole design aesthetic has been animal-focused. ... After Origins, we felt that that theme was way too nebulous and no one could connect with it, which was totally our fault for making something that was too heady, so we decided we wanted to bring it to something we felt was more accessible, that people could latch onto when they were dressing up. We always want to get people involv...

Corin Hewitt Illuminates Compression of Time in Work of de Chirico

Abby Hawkins, Arts Editor

April 19, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Anyone who has taken a 20th-century Art History class at Oberlin will recognize Giorgio de Chirico’s 1915 painting “La Solitudine,” in which a classical reclining sculpture is pictured sitting in a piazza while a train races along the background horizon, reminding the viewer of time’s endless march forward. With incongruous shadows shooting off in every direction and a nausea-inducing tilted perspective, Corin Hewitt, OC ’93, deemed the work “psychologically trying” in his April 12 Artists on Artists talk, “Giorgio de Chirico’s Metaphysical Interiors.” Brought back to the Allen Memorial Art Museum by members of the student-run Exhibition Initiative, Hewitt — a true Oberlin grad at heart — began...

Senior Studio’s Surface a Cohesive Visual Dialogue

Oliver Levine, Staff Writer

April 12, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

SURFACE, one of the larger Senior Studio and Thesis shows, opened in last Friday in Fisher Gallery. Featuring the work of College seniors Lydia Boehm, Clarissa Fortier and Francis Lee, SURFACE is a collection of large-scale paintings and studies.  Their canvases almost overwhelmingly saturated with color, all three artists use interrelated visual languages to show the viewer their vastly different objectives. Despite variances in subject matter, Lee, Boehm and Fortier all share a clear agreement on the common thread among their works: their surfaces. Lee’s pulsating paintings of articles of clothing and fabric instill feelings of warmth and security, beneath which lies an inexplicable darkness. The surfaces of t...

Art History Department Explores Diversity, Accessibility

Abby Collier, Staff Writer

April 12, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

In light of the student-created “Petition for Arts of Africa and African Diaspora Professor” released on March 5, the Art History department hosted a lunch on March 14 to discuss diversity in the study of art history at Oberlin. The meeting covered how the department is responding to issues of staffing and curricular exclusivity. The creator of the petition, College junior Vicky Costikyan, said the March 4 teach-in led by the Africana Studies department and the ensuing Day of Solidarity events gave her confidence to voice her feelings regarding diversity within the department. “I’ve always felt that a lot of methodological problems with art history and cultural biases were reflected in the department, but...

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