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My name is Bekah and I am a sophomore here at Butler. I am an Art + Design major and love sewing and being creative. I also love dancing (I'm on dance team!), eating cereal, and shopping at Target.

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Art on Art on Art

Happy Friday everyone! Last Friday, I went on the First Friday gallery tour with some other students from the Jordan College of the Arts. I have blogged about this before, but first Fridays are when local art galleries are open for the evening, and a bunch of people come to view the work. We went to the Harrison Center for the Arts and the Murphy Art Center.

The Murphy building was my favorite destination on the last first Friday I attended, so I was anxious to return. The best exhibit I saw there was by Robert Horvath, titled Braincandy. This exhibit consisted of large-scale oil paintings of nuclear, candy looking creations.

Robert Horvath

All of the paintings looked airbrushed or digitally altered, so it blew my mind when I spoke to the artist and he said it was oil paint and described his process. He said if he works in the studio every day, he would only be able to produce about 10 paintings in a year because they are so labor intensive.

Speaking of more crazy art, I met an artist the other day who ate the Bible. The Art + Design program is currently interviewing for another professor for next year, and one of the candidates came and taught two of my art classes the other day. He is a performance artist, which, in simple terms, means you record yourself doing strange things. For one of his performances, he fasted for seven days, and at the end of the seven days, he boiled the pages of the Bible and ate it. He also described how he lived in a bubble/dome structure for a whole month. That is serious dedication.

One final art encounter- the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards exhibit is currently in Clowes Hall. This exhibit showcases the best work from middle schoolers and high schoolers in the area. A few of my classmates and I went and looked at the exhibit this morning, and let me tell you, nothing makes you feel more inadequate than when an 8th grader has more artistic ability than you do.

The work I showed last year.

I showed work in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards show in Illinois last year and received a gold key, but after seeing the great work at Clowes, I feel less special about that accomplishment.

Have a wonderful spring break and safe travels to wherever your destination may be. Thanks for reading :)

 

My First Friday Experience

As I mentioned in my post from last Friday, I went and visited three art galleries last weekend: The Harrison Center for the Arts, Gallery 924, and the Murphy Art Center. I had an absolutely fabulous time at all three galleries and would one hundred percent recommend a First Friday trip to anyone even slightly interested in art.

The Harrison Center was our first stop! What was cool about the Harrison Center was that

Painting hanging outside Amy Reel's studio at Harrison Center

we were able to not only see amazing artwork, but also take a peek into some of the artists’ studios, which was awesome! The space featured artwork from a bunch of different artists.

Next we went to Gallery 924, which was my favorite stop of the evening. This gallery featured artwork by Pete Brown. This exhibit was so cool because the concept was seeing art without your eyes, or from the perspective of a blind person. The

Fellow art students touching artwork by Pete Brown

special thing about this exhibit was that you were encouraged to touch the artwork, something that is usually frowned upon at galleries. All of the pieces had 3d aspects and many textures.

The final place we went was the Murphy Art Center. This was an insanely cool venue. The building was like a maze full of creativity and hipsters. There was art on the walls in hallways and in gallery rooms, and there were several bands and people selling clothing sprinkled throughout. Another cool aspect of this stop was that in the main entrance, there was an exhibit set up where you could paint on the walls.

Drawing on the walls at the Murphy Building

This First Friday was a complete success and I am definitely going to continue going. I would definitely encourage anyone to come! Have a wonderful fall break and thanks for reading :)