Tuesday, November 24, 2009

(1)Intolerable Truths, Tony Dove and Chris Jordon.
In keeping with their title both artists revealed an new layer, no matter how uncomfortable, of reality. The movements of the viewer affect the nature of Tony Dove's instillation. As they physically move towards the instillation, the image changes.
Chris Jordon's photos comment on the unseen price of our consumption. The high cost the environment pays for our lifestyle shows an intolerable truth.
Together these artist would make a powerful exhibit on human nature.

(2) Self Confrontations, Jessica Bruan and Graham Harwood.
Jessica's images leave the viewer empowered to make their own story. Graham gives the viewer background information and a small glimpse of the subject matter.
These artists together make you wonder about society and give great insight into culture today.

(3)Paschal Domblis and Jeff Shaw.
These artists both use technology to enhance their viewer's experiences. Paschal created algorithms and used search engines to create lines with the input of color. Jeff Shaw gives the viewer the power to manipulate the screen and the position it holds on the wall. Using technology to enhance their viewer's experience, these artists would complement each other in an exhibit.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

October 28, 2009

Distortions: Contemporary Media, Art from Mexico

Distortions’ is the most exciting collection of contemporary art I have seen at The College of New Jersey in my four years here as a student. Each artist created an interactive installation. Their work in the gallery is connected in theme and visual continuity. On the night of the opening, we gathered around the panel of artists and with the help of Ricardo Miranda we investigated the meaning of their work.
Ivan Abreu invited us to enjoy his ingenious use of technology. With much thought he used the anthem of Mexico and its fragile history. By making a mold of the Mexican anthem LP album, he created an ice record. Then he played this ice LP on a turntable. In the beginning you could hear the anthem, but soon the groves started to melt and the sound changed. An eerie sound of ice scrapping and cracking took over. (Like the sound you my have experienced while driving a car that is losing control on ice.) The performance sound was loud and often uncomfortable. The concept was magnificent and very meaningful.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Lord, behold our family here assembled.

We thank you for this place in which we dwell,

for the love that unites us,

for the peace accorded us this day,

for the hope with which we expect the morrow,

for the health, the work, the food,

and the bright skies that make our lives delightful;

for our friends in all parts of the earth.