Art 110 Week #12 – Artist Conversation -Nicholas Gaby

This week I visited the art exhibit that had the most “curb appeal” but once inside Nicholas Gaby’s “Crack in the Screen” sculpture exhibit had a lot to bring. These unconventional sculptures depict the urban life style many people in the greater L.A. area have come accustom too. This exhibit makes you think, what exactly is going? Sometime you figure it out sometimes you do not. The exhibit makes you closely examine each piece in order to get to its meaning

As the first person in the exhibit when the doors opened, I was also the first person to walk though the first piece. The first piece is a winding hallway, with construction cones at each turn. No one behind me wanted to walk into the hallway first, due its dark and unseeable ending. As I turned each corner my art 110 peers followed closely behind. I took the opportunity to give the very attractive girl behind me a good scare. Once at the end of the tunnel we were met by a large projection of an empty freeway at night. The video offered no explanation, story or ending. This is a piece that is open for interpretation. This first major display set up the other two smaller displays in the exhibit.

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The second piece showcases a block of concrete, with a metal grate on top. Looking in the grate their was a glimpse of something and the sound of a video game music. Upon further inspection by getting on the floor and looking under the raised concrete slab, one could see a mirrored image of a game cub. Controllers were close by and just like that student were captivated. This may the only time we see collage student lying on the floor in an art gallery, playing game cub as apart of an art piece. The other piece was a long, industrial, older magnification system of same kind. Looking into the small eyepiece the most amazing small screen appeared playing some movie. Upon further inspection the device was showing content from a VHS movie. Both these pieces were interactive in the sense you must explore them to figure out what’s going on.

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These pieces inspired by Nicholas encounters living in his apartment building. From arrests on the street, to rude onlookers, the occasional evection, squatters, evicted tenants on the roof and a mentally challenged guy who was invaded? These ideas applied to this exhibit do clearly relate. Each piece appears as something completely different than it really it is. The only way to know what each piece truly is is to fully investigate it. Traffic cones are placed through the exhibit as signs of caution. We often need to slow down, see what’s going on around us and beware of what’s going to us.

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This exhibit may appear to be more random art, with no importance and which takes no talent to create. The artist statement offers no professional or reasonable explanation, yet that’s the whole point. The only way to understand the art pieces, the ideas presented and the issues it tackles is to deeply explore what’s going on. This exhibit offers a cool challenge for students to be interactive with the art. Through being interactive with the art is how the exhibits points are presented. This exhibit helps us to better understand that things are not what they appear and we must investigate if we want to know what’s truly going on.

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