Week 12- Artist Conversation #9- Sage Garver

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Exhibition Information

Artist: Sage Garver

Exhibit:BIO

Media: Sculpture

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W Dutzi Gallery

Instagram: N/A

Website: N/A

About the Artist

Sage Garver is an undergraduate student at CSULB. She is currently working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture. She shares that she has always loved creating artwork, but didn’t consider art as something she could earn a degree or a career in until she began college. Because Garver suffers from health issues, she was not able to play outdoors and instead she stayed indoors and vegan to express herself through artwork. Although restricted by her health conditions, Garver enjoys activities like hiking and swimming.

Formal Analysis

Sage Garver’s BIO exhibit is made up of a series of sculptures that blend into the wall making the entire room a pert of the sculpture. The smaller sculptures protrude off of the white walls. The color of the sculptures blend in with the wall so well that it is difficult to tell where the sculpture and the wall meet. In the center of the room is a large, spherical centerpiece that resembles a chandelier that hangs from the ceiling attached with several golden colored metal chains.

Contents Analysis

Garver’s exhibit, BIO, is a way to represent the artist’s health problems. The way that the sculptures blend into the wall and become a part of it is meant to represent the way in which a disease has become a part of the artist’s body. It is impossible to remove and therefore has shaped the life of the artist in many ways. The sculptures are stylized representations based on biological diagrams of the artist’s illness. They are inspired by the way the disease looks under a microscope and they blend into the wall similarly to the way the disease is a part of the artist’s body. To better represent the way the disease is a part of the body, the artist made the entire exhibit white. This way, there is no telling where the wall ends and the disease begins. The spherical centerpiece is meant to represent a nucleus.

Synthesis/ My Experience

At fist glance, I was not sure what to make of this piece. However, after reading the artist’s statement I realized that this piece is a very personal piece. I feel as if I needed to know a bit about the artist before I could really appreciate the work. Afterwards, I noticed the impact a disease can have on a person. It made me feel that whatever health condition the artist has grown up with has played a large role in her life. Seeing the sculptures transform the walls made me think about haw a condition like this can transform someone’s life. It also made me realize the permanence of some health conditions. When something is literally a part of you, it is difficult of impossible to separate it from you. Yet, it can still be beautiful and unique.

 

 

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Week 11- Artist Conversation #8-Kyle Kruse

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Artist: Kyle Kruse

Exhibit: Janus Maxim

Media: wood, fibers, video, installation

Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery

instagram: @kyle.kruse

website:kylekruseart.com

About the Artist

Kyle Kruse is a senior at CSULB. He is currently working on obtaining his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Print Making and has plans to enroll in a graduate program in a future time. Some of his hobbies include playing guitar, rock climbing and film making. Kyle K. claims that all of his hobbies and interests revolve around his artwork. In total, Kyle’s exhibit took approximately ten months to complete.

Formal Analysis

The exhibit is composed of three woodblock carvings, three sets of films and three sculptures. The carvings have dark, rough look to them. Similarly, the sculptures are masks that are dark colored and sharp. The three films playing in the background are choppy and ambiguous. The entire exhibit was dark and the floors are scattered with dirt and rocks.

Content Analysis

Each of the woodblock carvings, sculptures and films is meant to represent Greco-Roman myths, Prometheus, Janus and Sisyphus. In these myths, Prometheus was chained t in cycle of consumption for eternity as punishment for having provided mankind with fire, Sisyphus was  condemned to climb his hill in the fires of Tartarus forever for trying to cheat death. The center figure represents Janus, the god of beginnings, endings, gateways and transitions. The viewer is meant become an onlooker, watching the past, the future and the void in between.

My Experience/ Synthesis

Walking through the exhibit was interesting because of the feel that the pieces created in unison. The rough woodblock carvings and sharp, mysterious masks created a creepy ambient. As for the three films, their choppy and ambiguous structure along with eerie sound effects created a sense of uneasiness. Oddly enough, my favorite element of the exhibit was the dirt scattered floor. As I walked through the exhibit, looking at the different pieces and listening to the sounds coming from the films, I was able to hear the sound of the dirt and pebbles as I walked over them. I was able to feel the rough substrate under my feet which, combined with the visual and auditory elements of the exhibit, created the feeling that I was no longer in the CSULB art galleries.