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Kendall Participates in ArtPrize in a Big Way

Posted October 3, 2011 in Events

I had a funny experience last week. I was outside the front door of Kendall College of Art and Design with my photo teacher and a classmate, working on learning how to do depth of field shots. The class I am taking is part of Kendall's Youth and Adults Continuing studies program. The other student and I were both a bit perplexed with how to set our F-stops and which parts of the camera did what.

The instructor, a capable MFA student, patiently showed us and requested that we take shots of the bikes perched on a bike rack, and make the background go blurry.

A whole group of elementary school aged students came by on their way to the Kendall Galleries but stopped to take pictures, seeing us shooting intently. They thought the bike rack was an ArtPrize entry. Their teacher laughed and shoo'd them into the building, but I thought to myself, “Well, it could have been an ArtPrize entry. Pretty much anything can be.“

For example, if you go inside Kendall, there’s a huge white rolling structure...looks a bit like mountains. The light shines in and produces interesting effects. Is this art? Sarah Joseph thought so when she chose it for the space.

Made of PETG plastic, “Loose Fit” is meant to be walked through and enjoyed. The components were digitally designed and cut, but hand built and assembled. 

Sarah also liked the idea of Jonathan Brilliant’s 7,000 coffee stirrers turned into a huge sculpture. No glue or fasteners used. I liked that one too.

Jonathan spent two weeks installing his piece, happily conversing with the many students who wandered in and out while he worked.

Great installation for the space and the college.

My favorites though are in Gallery 114 where large wearable art figures drew me in. Kendall is starting a new Fashion Studies program so it seems appropriate to highlight a textile entry. A husband and wife duo, Je’siq and Horst created fascinating ball gowns, seamless and entirely out of wool. They made me want to reach out and touch.

Beyond the captivating figures, I was drawn to look at Mimi Kato’s archival pigment print, “One Ordinary Day of an Ordinary Town.” It is large, interesting, bursting with color and stories, accidents, mishaps and experiences of every day life.

And the last one in this gallery is one you gotta get down to Kendall and see for yourself. It’s described as an interactive graphic novel called “Traveling Trashball.” The title sounds dreadful but this multi-media piece is amazing. I’m going back to look at it again.

~Susan J. Smith


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