When I visited Ulrich Museum to view the Faculty Biennial Exhibit I had a really hard time choosing just one exhibit to blog about. They were all very unique and each one expressed their own version of the inspiration and innovation that can be found here at WSU. There were 2 that I was particularly fond of, first Annies’ wax table with the image projecting into the tea cup really stood out from all of the rest, and the Pop-Cycles Series because it seemed relevant to what we have been learning from Keith in class, because it used LED’s to create color.
I also had the opportunity to stop by Shiftspace for the last final friday to check out the exhibits by Brady Hall & Mike Wood. It was interesting how Brady & Mikes’ pieces worked off of each other, each one of Brady’s pieces seem to have some kind of movement and/or mechanical operation associated with it, whereas Mikes’ pieces where all stationary. The dynamic that was created by the two different sets of artistic styles was almost a high/low effect where at one piece you are thinking in terms of how did he do that, then at the next piece you are thinking what does he mean by that.
Last, but not least, I attended the Mel Chin Artist Lecture at McKnight. I was very impressed by Mel Chin right off the bat because he is quite obviously a well educated man, but he also exudes a sense of sincerity that I could feel all the way at the back of the room. To me, the highlight of the lecture was when he started discussing the “fundred” project. Which is a result from the disaster in Louisianna know as Hurricaine Katrina. This project is based on the fact that there was a “known malevolent presence” as Mel Chin stated, that existed in New Orleans, LA from before Hurricaine Katrina hit. What Mel Chin was referring to was the high content of led found in the soils of New Orleans, LA. The hurricaine also brought that led towards the surface, and even though it was affecting the children of New Orleans, LA before, it is at an all time high now and is even more dangerous. So through this project, Mel Chin hopes to persuade our government to actually do something about it. You can get all of the details of the project at: http://fundred.org You can also learn more about Mel Chin at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Chin