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Project Puts Waste in a New Place PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 02:28

All Kinds of People by Dawn Wohlford-Metallo and Lisa Mahar The use of found objects carries an up-front challenge to artists. Do you try to transform the identity of the "junk" by visually turning it into something else? Or do you accept the object (and all of its cultural baggage) for what it is and shape your artistic statement to incorporate the materials and their recognizability?

This was one of many issues faced by several local artists who participated in the Mississippi Palette project this year. The artists teamed up with the Artists Advisory Council, high-school and college students, environmentalist Chad Pregracke, and his Living Lands & Waters organization to create eight found-material sculptures.

The Unreal America: "Iowa Pastimes: Politics & State Fairs," through September 9 at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 03:54

Double Ferris WheelIowa Pastimes, Thomas C. Jackson's current exhibit of paintings at the Figge Art Museum, is filled with vivid observations of two American institutions filtered through the single eye of the artist's camera. Both worlds - political conventions and the Iowa State Fair - are spectaculars with bright lights, designed to generate excitement and movement, and they make their appeals to the great cross section of America.

What Makes a Good Artist Studio? PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 02:43

Eclectic Eye When it comes to art, most artists will tell you that the excitement, or the magic, actually happens during the creative process. And that usually happens in the studio.

But deciding what represents an ideal studio space will hinge on several factors. The nature of your work places demands on what type, size, and character of studio space you need, for instance. And while an open-to-the-public studio might bring the twin benefits of exposure and sales, it can also make it difficult to work.

Personal and Public Journeys: Joan Webster-Vore and Fritz Goeckner, through August 10 at QC Arts PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 02:52

img_0509.jpg In the new exhibit at Quad City Arts, the concept of the private journey is illustrated by two artists. But by showing only the means of literal transportation - vessels and roads - the artists create something universal to help us consider our own spiritual travels.

Joan Webster-Vore presents dream-like paper vessels of poetic beauty, while Fritz Goeckner shows large, softly bright digital color photographs of rural highway landscapes that offer the everyday in a new and beautiful way.

A Comic Evolution: "Comics, Heroes, & American Visual Culture," through September 9 at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks   
Tuesday, 03 July 2007 02:45

Reader issue #640 The Caped Crusader crashes through the window. A spray of glass shards partially melds into the two loosely rendered gray figures. Their ominous shapes and the frantic motion of the broken glass add tension to the pugilistic struggle that ensues. That is just part of the skull-thumping, chain-bursting action to be found in the Figge Art Museum's Comics, Heroes, & American Visual Culture, an exhibition light on context but rich with exciting visuals.

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