The Oberlin Review

Fischer Gallery Hosts Mixed Media Collision

Fischer Gallery Hosts Mixed Media Collision

November 22, 2013

Last Saturday, SoundFarm, the concert series for improvised music, and Exhibition Initiative, the student-run visual art curatorial group, collaborated to create Counterpoints, a musical and visual improvisational show. The event, which took place in the Fischer Gallery, consisted of four acts. The first three acts were performed by two musicians and one visual artist, while the last act fea-tured one musician and one visual artist. The room was organized such that each act had a preset station,...

Oberlin Alumna Academizes Comics as Contemporary Literature

Grace Pullin

November 15, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Visual Art

Professor Hillary Chute of the University of Chicago gave an illuminating presentation last Thursday on a topic that was perhaps untraditional for the English Department. As part of the Oberlin Lectures in English & American Literature series, Chute discussed her personal and professional history with graphic narratives, the term she prefers to the common misnomer “graphic novel.” Aside from Chute’s anecdotes and interesting insights into the world of comics, the lecture directly addressed her field’s at times uneasy and often questioned position within the discipline of English, as well its general place within the formal academic sphere.   Throughout the lecture, Chute contextualized her study of t...

Four New Exhibits Trace Realism at the Allen

Odette Chalandon

September 20, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

19th-century French artist Honoré Daumier once said, “One must be of one’s own time.”  Indeed, the Allen Memorial Art Museum’s newest exhibits honor the words of the Realist movement’s founding father. Their four new exhibits were conceived when Associate Professor of French Libby Murphy approached the museum about curating an exhibit of 19th century French lithographs in conjunction with her class, “La Comédie Humaine,” which explores the social movements that gave birth to Realism. As an institution that’s part of an academic setting, the museum derives its exhibits from actual curricula. Murphy’s project served as the impetus for the creation of four new exhibits: Regarding Realism, Modern and Contempo...

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...

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