Daily Archives: November 18, 2019

Punishment of Individuality [Make-Up]

Written by Raymond Diaz

The Dawn of the Individual: Laocoon’s Punishment

The marble statue of Laocoon’s Punishment

A Trojan Priest who sensed that the Trojan’s gift, the wooden horse, was something to be wary of. Voicing his concern to the people he pleaded with the people to listen to his doubts and not accept the gift, however, the Greek god Poseidon, who favored the Greeks, would not allow for this to occur and sent serpents to kill Laocoon and his sons. Seeing as the gods punished him, the Trojans preceded to then bring the gift in and ultimately led to the demise of the Trojans. The story is said to illustrate the voice of the individual who challenges the consensus, even so far as to oppose the gods.

The statue was made by creating a plaster cast marble copy of the Roman marble copy located in the Vatican Museum, which is a copy of the hellenistic bronze original that has been lost for many years. However, the various chizzlings and details used to express the movements in the figures is impressive, twisting the bodies into various poses to show the muscle movements of their struggle dealing with the serpents tangling around them. Their carved out expressions showing shock and fear as to what is happening because of their beliefs. The reason for marble being that many of the Roman sculptors used this form and the Vatican housing one of them to show a piece of history and try to bring you into that time.

It was brought here through plaster copy in order to bring a piece of history to the museum to help show the Roman era in time accompanied by the various other relics in the exhibit. The interactions shown with it have brought intrigue and curiosity as we see the results of one going against a god, but also examining it to bring it into our current time, seeing how individuality today can bring great ramifications, but also being encouraged to be an individual and form your own way in life.

The Complexities of a Home [Make-Up]

Written by Raymond Diaz

Home, by Geoff Sobelle, is a captivating performance partnered with illusion and intricate engineering that builds a house right before your eyes and shows the complexities of what it is like for people living like anyone else. Through this there was relatability and allowed the audience to experience the questions of what is home and when do we know it is a home?

https://krannertcenter.com/events/home-geoff-sobelle

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Animal of My Heartland (Makeup)

Written by Zhengqi Xu

Like the show called Home which we watched earlier this semester, Tiger is another show that contains the style I have never know before. To be honest, I’m not even sure if Tiger was an art performance at all, because all I heard was the knowledge about history and nature. However, as I was listening to what Deke Weaver, the producer of the show, was speaking, I gradually got the sense of how his show related to art itself.

The card Deke have us to write down some notes about what our favorite animals were

I was not able to stay for the whole period because I had to leave the town that night, but I could still feel the special feeling Tiger gave me. I couldn’t take any pictures because he said it was forbidden and I only took one picture and had to retrieve teh other two from the event page of Tiger. Deke started by showing us pictures of all kinds of different animals, including tiger, and he informed us of the fact that tiger was voted as the most famous animal through research data. Deke then identifies himself as a naturalist, and let us listen to a video of sound from the nature, which sounded like the audio of going through a forest.

The little tiger toy he had that night for decorations of the stage, retrieved from here

Deke later stated the history of the east Asian area, and I did not understand how it related to tiger, the animal itself at all. Everything seemed unrelated and I was alreadying paying my full attention to his words. However, he helped us go through the whole thing and I started having a basic understand of what he was saying. There should be a conservation between humanity and nature. Deke used human-beings as humanity and tiger a nature to show us we should build a balance between our life.

Deke’s tour in the wild, retrieved from here

Deke later stated the history of the east Asian area, and I did not understand how it related to tiger, the animal itself at all. Everything seemed unrelated and I was alreadying paying my full attention to his words. However, he helped us go through the whole thing and I started having a basic understand of what he was saying. There should be a conservation between humanity and nature. Deke used human-beings as humanity and tiger a nature to show us we should build a balance between our life.

I have to say I stil have not fully understood what Deke was saying that night, but at least I had this great chance to know a whole new art style. Also, tiger is also my favorite animal, and I believe there must be a link between me and the tiger as well.

A Beautiful Unravelling of the Mind

Written by Raymond Diaz

Theatre Re: The Nature of Forgetting performs what it is like for someone who is in the early stages of having dementia. It details the story of a middle aged man dealing with the repercussions of having his memory begin to deteriorate due to dementia, and the cast and musical performances convey this beautifully.

https://krannertcenter.com/events/theatre-re-nature-forgetting

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Radioactive Coming to Live [Make-up Event #2]

Written by: Benjamin Tan

We all are unable to see the radioactive energy with our own naked eyes but what this artist did in their portraits was to use uranium and radioactive charcoal to paint a picture that can depict the drastic consequence of us human beings that have created such a huge impact towards nuclear energy.

Lilah Leopold the curator gave lots of context for the artwork even in terms of how the Krannert Art Museum is set up especially for this kind of artwork. Among all the many radioactive artworks, Lilah focused on these 2 artworks.

Lilah Leopold the curator giving context and explaining these 2 artworks

Both artworks are made up of synthetic uranium and radioactive charcoal. It depicted the amount of uranium that has been mined and for the left portrait, the land does not exist anymore due to the massive mining.

What intrigue me was the many vertical and horizontal lines on both artworks. It depicted graphs of uranium that been mined.

Artwork made up of synthetic uranium and radioactive charcoal. Timeline of a billion years

The one on the left was a graph of a billion years! From the graph, it can be inferred how the resource of uranium is depicting rapidly and the amount of radioactivity has been dispersed in the air.

Lines referred to the steepness of the rocks

For the right artwork, the lines refer to about 100 years of the uranium resource. Apart from that, it also was to show the longitude and latitude of the land. As shown, the steeper lines refer to the taller and steeper rocks.

Lilah also shared how the radioactive waste will take approximately 5 million years before it becomes jewelry and she put a thought in all of us asking how we can take personal responsibility towards radioactive waste.

It got me thinking, what are some actions can I take to contribute to the conversation of this radioactive waste.

Overall, I enjoyed the art talk! Looking forward to the next one!