Newsletter Fall 2018

Judy Crook 5: Analysis through phenomological methodology

by Mercedeh Mirshamsi, Cohort ’16

Judy Crook 5, an installation by media artist Jennifer Steinkamp, is a three dimensional digital animation of a generic tree form projected on the flat surface of a wall.  The tree form and its expansive botanical shape is a universal archetype and therefore has a deeply rooted phenomenological significance within the collective consciousness.

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The Silk Merchants, Experienced Phenomenologically

by Eric Bess, Cohort ’16

A colleague and I turn the corner to enter a room darker and bluer in its appearance. This gallery is lined with what appears to be French academic paintings of the 19th century. The bluish hue of the walls contrasts beautifully with the golden glow of the frames that hold the paintings.

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FORMALISM, PHENOMENOLOGY, HERMENEUTICS

by Novel Sholars, Cohort ’16

With regard to“form,” (PORTRAIT OF DAD) shows as a pyramid shape structure made of cellophane wrapped molded sucrose. The sculptural supports are wall and floor, with closer proximity to floor than ceiling.

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Three Critiques of Anish Kapoor's "Untitled"

by Poppy Gauss, Cohort ’16

The power of Anish Kapoor’s work is largely conceptual; it is, however, fundamentally grounded in formal aspects. Untitled, 2010 at the Colby College Museum, is a large mirrored concave dish, floating just in front of the museum wall.

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Three Methods Applied to the Colby Campus

by Katherine Melcher, Cohort ’16

The Colby College campus is laid out on two axes that intersect to form a cross. The Miller Library (the main library) is placed at the intersection of these two axes at what appears to be the highest point on campus.

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Encounter with Topologies of Memory

by Jeca Rodríguez-Colón, Cohort ’16

This summer I traveled to Mazatlán, Mexico with Sandra Stephens, a friend and classmate from my IDSVA cohort, to take a break from our surroundings and immerse ourselves in an intensive review in preparation for our oral examinations.

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Hermeneutic Critique - Leader

by Natalya Mills-Mayrena, Cohort ’16

While investigating the artwork “Leader” by Saar, it is hard for me as a black woman not to look at it through the hermeneutical lens. It evokes feeling and realities surrounding my identity, cultural and historical.

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Hermeneutics – The Choosing of the Arrow

by Angela M. Mosley, Cohort ’16

Henry Kirke Brown’s artwork, commissioned in 1848 by the American Art-Union, was completed in 1849 and is recognized as the first bronze sculpture made in America. The nameplate spoke to Brown’s studies in Italy and his desire to create distinctively American sculptures with unique national themes for distribution to a broad middle-class audience.

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