UT Art Gallary

At the gallery located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, there were several very interesting exhibits on display. The gallery curator was very descriptive in her explanations of the spaces, and did well to attribute the artist with proper encouragement. Though the space designed was particularly well done, and the environment aesthetically pleasing to the eye, I had a hard time identifying with any of the art works in the exhibit. In specific attention, the exhibit “Reverse Image/Search Asteroid” was a photography piece done by Cory Fitzgerald and Bucky Miller. While a few of these images were thought provoking and interesting to look at, others held attention very little and the subject matter in the image was not as captivating or sustaining for an audience. Also, with very little description of the artwork itself, its audience had to rely on learning about it mostly from the gallery coordinator giving the tour. How else was one supposed to know that the exhibit stemmed from a joke? The overall design lacked to hold my attention for very long at all.

The exhibit “Moving Mountains” by Edi Hirose and Nancy la Rosa was far more interesting than the first photography exhibit, and the images felt more complete and related to one another. The exhibit also included videography and small scale sculpture. This gave more diversity to the exhibit space and allowed those looking at the artwork to become better engaged with the subject matter. The artwork was also fairly easy to follow and understand based on descriptions that the artist provided and did not rely on explanation from the curator.

-Kendall

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2 comments

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more on the absolute confusion I received in walking down the small hall and turning the corner. The only likeable quality was it’s potential for emulating that “google search” idea because of how diverse the images were in size. Other than that, there was no concrete relation between the images and they were hard to decipher as a whole alone. At first glance, and a few more glances, I could say that I did not get the exhibit as a whole. It really did require the host of the tour to enlighten the group on what the artists were trying to convey.
    -Becca

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  2. I agree with you, the “Reverse Image Search” exhibition was confusing. I had a hard time relating any of the works with each other and felt that the format was strange. I could begin to see where a connection was being drawn to internet searches but I still feel it resembled a gallery setting to much, especially with the pictures all being at the proper eye level height and equal resolutions. The “Moving Mountains” exhibition was much more interesting I thought. It felt focused and goal oriented, and also made me want to linger and explore each of the works. Whereas the “Reverse Image Search” I felt like I could look at a work and take nothing from it.

    Matthew Draper

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