Archive for March, 2011

The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces

Posted by kfunk on March 12th, 2011

ARTISTS INVESTIGATE VEILING AT THE DE SAISSET MUSEUM

by Lauren Baines

In the name of comfort, protection, modesty, privacy or secrecy, humans have covered and clothed themselves in various fashions since the beginning.  Yet misunderstandings and the growing tensions of the last decade have more than ever negatively charged the veiling of bodies, specifically the covering of female heads and torsos.  Jennifer Heath’s traveling exhibition, The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces, aims to bring to light the tradition of veiling and dispel negative connotations and deeply rooted ignorance.

Entry to "The Veil" at the de Saisset Museum

Entry to "The Veil" at the de Saisset Museum

The exhibition, featuring thirty-six works, serves as a visual essay, introducing audiences not only to the long history of covering the body and the parallels between manifestations of concealment in different cultures and religions, but also to how misrepresentation of the Islamic veil and eastern cultures in American cinema (and other cultural outputs) resulted in erroneous beliefs and misunderstandings that continue to permeate the American psyche today.

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KAREN HAAS BRINGS US “CLOSE ENCOUNTERS”

by Tom Leddy

I was once a child.  It was a long time ago.  But something in the recent paintings of Karen Haas at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology takes me back.  In the world she portrays life is filled with a child’s comforts and worries.  Questions multiply.  What’s going on with the parents, with that other kid, and perhaps most worrisome of all, with the giant beast-like characters that both fascinate and disturb as they walk through what is supposed to be an innocent playland?  My parents would take me to Disneyland where I was endlessly fascinated with the characters from the movies I loved… Mickey Mouse and Goofy come to mind.  I knew they were teenagers dressed as cartoon figures:  but that hardly mattered…or perhaps was part of the fascination. They walked in the crowds, their heads were larger than life, they would shake hands, but what was going on inside?  In a series of watercolors that Haas did expressly for this show, this theme of childhood and the creatures of the amusement park is prevalent.

Worried Boy

Worried Boy, watercolor on paper, 2010, Courtesy of the Artist

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Wesley Wright Amuses and Amazes

Posted by erin on March 4th, 2011

The Process by Wesley Wright

Wright’s One-week show in Gallery Two at SJSU is exceptional!
By Erin Goodwin-Guerrero

Because they last only one week, the public often misses the most amazing student shows in the SJSU Art Department.  But drop by for a guest artist lecture in Room 133 at 5:00 pm on any Tuesday and stay for the openings in the six student galleries, visit the Thompson Gallery, and you are bound to find more than one truly exciting show.  Wesley Wright’s show has now come and gone, but he is a prolific artist and we can expect him to show more work before he graduates.

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