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Nov 21, 2011
Time is of the Essence
When I walked through the Union South the other day, on my way to check out the latest exhibition at Gallery 1308, I saw students crammed at tables talking, hunched over laptops with their fingers flying over the keyboards, and rushing through the rooms on their way to class or to grab a quick bite to eat. Time, for college students, certainly is fast-paced.
It was an interesting experience to juxtapose the frenetic scenes playing out in much of the student center with Time (Im)material. The exhibition, running through November 29, brings together the work of four artists, all of whom explore aspects of time.
Trent Miller offers two pairs of works: his Traveler charcoal drawings as well as Another New World [pictured above] and Dredgers and Drifters, large-scale oil paintings. The Traveler works depict humans, buildings and the natural environment through dark, slashing marks. He doesn’t explicitly show what these places are, but the viewer gets the unique sensation of visiting a new place. In his paintings, Miller uses bold, vibrant colors, a strong sense of line and layers to create mesmerizing, rhythmic compositions that also evoke a sense of place and time.
In his Titan mixed-media series [pictured at right], Michael Veilliquette combines folk art, spirituality and science fiction. On a black backdrop reminiscent of a nighttime sky, geometric forms, patterns and fluorescent colors come together into forms that are vaguely human or robotic in appearance. The artist states that he references Aboriginal dot paintings, Oaxacan wood sculptures, mystical transcriptions of constellations and totemic visions to play “in a chimerical realm outside of real time and space.”
Susan J. White displays a vintage piece of lace alongside Granny’s Bobbin Lace, four lace-inspired works each made from acrylic or graphite. They’re modern interpretations of lace—and nearly as intricate—and an interesting exploration of time and history as they relate to handiwork. But even more eye-catching is White’s installation. Gut Lace is made of gut, hair, thread and paper and looks like an array of intestines spread across the gallery floor.
In Horizon Life (The appearance of distance) Toby Kaufmann-Buhler reveals a “full arc of sleeping, waking and doing, when the sun peaks the horizon and disappears again” through video images projected onto more than twenty small hanging screens. Actions—the sun rising, an eye opening, fingers digging, the sun lowering in the sky—play out on a single screen, then another and another, until multiple screens share a portion of the narrative. (Watch a video of the installation here.)
Enhancing these works is the fact that Gallery 1308 also serves as a walkway in Union South. Students and visitors stride through on their way elsewhere, some stopping to admire the artwork, others hurrying on their way. The movement and change bring a nice energy—and awareness of time—to the space.
Speaking of limited time, Time (Im)material is up only for a few more days, through November 29. For more information on the exhibition, visit union.wisc.edu/wud/art-events.htm.
Photos courtesy of the artists’ websites.