Photography of students by students
New exhibit in Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts BuildingBy EVAN HARRELL
There is quite a bit going on in the world of art at Georgetown College in the upcoming weeks. This Friday, Nov. 13, the students in Dr. Juilee Decker’s Curatorial Studies class will exhibit a project they have been working on diligently. In the class, students learn how to curate an art exhibit from start to finish. Decker said, “They work with objects from the college’s permanent collection, objects from the Jacobs Gallery and historical documents.” The exhibit titled “Me, Myself, & Art” has been planned completely by the students, and you might see some familiar faces. “Each student in the class,” said Decker, “picked a faculty member, a student and a staff person and asked them to have their photograph taken in the Jacobs Gallery with a work of art and an attribute. An attribute is a symbol that is related to a person and helps you identify who that person is.”
Students were in charge of getting in contact with their chosen people, having them pick an attribute which identified them, and setting up times with the photographer to have their pictures taken. The portraits have been matted and framed , and the exhibit will open after 2 p.m. in the Anne W r i g h t Wilson Fine Arts Building. Decker said, “It’s a way for people to think about art as not being handsoff and something that they can’t touch, but something they can engage with.” Some people you might notice in the exhibit are Angela Taylor from Student Life, Josh Shoulta from Admissions and Miss Jo from the Caf.
The students in Dr. Decker’s Curatorial Studies class who have been involved with this project are Stephanie Boxx, Angelina McCoy, Ashley Mitchell, Rebecca Redding, Megan Sauter, Hannah Snider, Matthew Thompson, Cortney Thorn and Nick Wagner. Also in the near future, visiting artists David and Julie Lambert will be doing an Installation and Photography exhibition on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 5-6 p.m. in the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery and giving a Nexuscredit lecture from 6-7p.m.
On the same day, Boris Zakic, Associate Professor of Painting will be speaking in the Cochenour Gallery, and the Art Department will be continuing their Art for Lunch program. The Art for Lunch program began this semester as a way for students to come together and learn about art. Once a month at noon, an art professor gives an art-related presentation over lunch, which is provided by the Art Department.
At this month’s lunch, students will also be given the opportunity to create “Shrinky-Dinks:” large, paintable pieces of plastic which are able to shrink into a smaller size. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come to each event. For more information about any of these events, please contact Dr. Juilee Decker in the Art Department at email@example.com.
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Hometown: Paducah, Ky.
“For my senior show (which opens Thursday, Dec. 3 from 5-7 p.m. in the Cochenour Gallery in the LRC), I worked with traditional woodcut printing which is a process that has been around for a long time. As far as the subject matter of my pieces, I never was good at sharing emotions verbally, so many of the prints are of human and animal relationships that comment about the relationship with my father, or lack thereof. I’ve been able to be vulnerable with myself and my audience by relating the images to how my relationship is with my father and/or how I would want it to be. Some of the pieces also narrate how strong my mother has been in giving me what she thinks I deserved and some pieces talk about what things I missed out on because I didn’t have a father around. My hope for the viewers of my art is that they can relate in some way to one or more of the prints and be able to adapt their experiences with the work.”
“It’s up to you to decide” how much money you can wasteBy FRANCIS NELSON
“The Fourth Kind” is a movie/ documentary about alien abductions in Nome, Alaska, but walking out of the theatre, the only thing I felt had been “abducted” was $7 bucks from my wallet here in Lexington, Ky. The movie is based on actual video footage taken by Dr. Abigail Tyler in October 2000 during sessions with her clients. As are most documentaries, this one is somewhat educational. For example, I was previously unaware that a scale for alien encounters had been established by the government in 1972, because they, apparently, had squat else to do.
The first encounter is a sighting of an alien or UFO, the second is collecting evidence of said alien or UFO, the third is contact with the alien and the fourth is being abducted by it. Oddly enough, there is no category for an extraterrestrial kindly inviting you over for dinner. I have to be honest with you, but this tanks. Because if I’m out taking a leisurely stroll and some aliens beam down in front of me and say, “Hey, we’re looking for a fourth person to play some Mario Party at our place on Planet Zergon. You in?” I will respond, “Yeah. Yeah, I am,” and I will return a quarter after whenever. This movie is definitely right up the alley of those who believe in government cover-ups and conspiracies, such as Roswell and the moon landing. Actress Milla Jovovich plays the role of Dr. Tyler, and both the movie and the trailer begin with her giving a brief description of what will be seen while trees spin around behind her like she’s standing in the middle of a merry-go-round.
She warns that what you see “is extremely disturbing,” but I didn’t really find much of anything disturbing about it. Then again, I have a high tolerance for being disturbed, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. Oddly enough, in the trailer Dr. Tyler’s face is pixilated, but you can see her clearly in the movie. “The Fourth Kind” is set up to follow a real-life interview with Dr. Abigail Tyler that was conducted Sept. 3, 2003, and is often punctuated with flashbacks to what she happens to be talking about at the time. Some of the flashbacks are actual video, some are filmed based off of recollections, and some are a mixture of the both.
“Fourth” gives you some good ammunition to use if you like to debate this sort of thing, as director Olatunde Osunsanmi did a good job of taking Dr. Tyler’s footage and blending it in with the rest of the film, making it seem real. Most of the movie, however, was filmed using actors, and when a movie, book or what have you is based on actual events, it can be hard to tell where the line between what really happened and what has been scripted actually is. As Milla Jovovich says in the prologue, “It’s up to you to decide for yourself.”
This has the plot to be great as a regular movie, but doesn’t do so hot as a mixture between being entertaining and trying to make you believe in UFOs. For all of its “you decide” spiel, it does a poor job of presenting information in an objective manner, and you almost get the feeling that those involved in the movie are looking down on anyone who doesn’t jump on their bandwagon. I saw this movie with a small group and three out of four disliked it, and some of the people involved in the actual events refused to have anything to do with the making of “Fourth.” To me that tells me something, and that something is to give this movie two stars.