Cultural Opportunity - Art Exhibit

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Monday, July 26, 2010

For my art exhibit cultural opportunity, I saw the exhibit at Lakeview Museum, called "Art of the Brick." I decided on this exhibit because the art pieces were made of LEGO bricks, which I had played with when I was little. During high school, I volunteered at Lakeview Museum, and one of the places I had worked at was the gallery. It was fun sometimes to help kids explore new ideas and participate in the activities back then, so I wanted to go back and see what new activities or exhibits they currently had.

I was completely blown away at the art exhibit. Perhaps it was because I never knew LEGO bricks could be used in the way the artist used them. I had just always stacked them clumsily to make a ramshackle house or some other structure, and never had I imagined that they could be used to create such works of art! Nathan Sawaya is the artist of the structures, and he did an incredibly creative job on every single sculpture. Not only were they carefully constructed, but it was apparent that he had put a great deal of thought behind each one. What was especially beautiful about it was that each one was open to interpretation. I read that Sawaya didn't often name his structures because he wanted those who saw them to be able to make up their own conclusions about each piece. I thought it was amazing that he took such simple children toys and made them into something complex and wondrous. There were thousands of LEGO pieces in the sculptures.

   There was one sculpture in particular that I liked. It was called “An Artist’s View” and it depicted a room with a painters stand complete with a painting. What was interesting about it was that the room was black and white; the only thing in color was the painting on the stand. It was as if the thing that was creative in the room, which the artist had created from his imagination, was colored on purpose. In other words, what drew the observer’s eye was something that had been created because of someone’s interpretation of an idea. I thought this could apply to what we have done in class because there have been many readings that people have had different perceptions on. The differences in interpretation is what made the discussion come alive with color, instead of being merely a starkly black and white conversation.
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