Yesterday marked the opening of UCOL's sculpture exhibit. It was a good time with free soup and booze.

I'd like to speak a little bit about the feel of the class. There seems to be a bit of an abrasive relationship between the fine arts department and the design department of UCOL. I've experienced similar grievances at UW-Stout, but since design is integrated into the fine arts more so at Stout, it is less prominent. It reminds me of the long standing grudge between skiers and snowboarders when I worked as a snowboard instructor at Afton. We would have our rivalries and it was "all-in-good-fun".  But when we gathered for bells (scheduled times we had to meet to give lessons), there would be a distinct separation between the snowboard instructors and ski instructors. No one broke the boundaries of their designated side to strike up a conversation. It was if there was a canyon inbetween both groups and if a snowboarder took a step towards the skier's side, he would fall to his death. Now that I am done with my tangent, I can continue with my point. There is a grudge between fine arts students and computer graphic students. So, that plus the fact that the administration made an exception for me to join a second level sculpture class as a greenhorn made me feel like an underdog. 

To add validity to my perception I have a few examples. I caught a bit of the conversation my sculpture teacher was having with a student while critiquing her work and it was along the lines of, " it that way so it doesn't look like it was sculpted by a designer." Then he gave me the eyes to assure me that he wasn't serious. I laughed because I knew it was a joke but it just goes to show what kind of line of distiction there is between the two departments. But I can't get over the little bungles that occur like when my teacher still calls me Eric or forgets to print off my sculpture label. 

I know I am giving a woes me description of my time here in New Zealand, but don't take it that way. It is just a dramatic buildup to the rest of my story.

Ok ok, so here is the picture, I'm an underdog, my classmates are skilled sculpture artists, and my teacher has little faith in my ability. What do I see in that picture? Motivation to up my game so that is what I did. I'm impressed with how my FIRST sculpture turned out.
you walk into the hallway
.....and see this
....then this
By this time you either think, 

"hmmm wtf is this" 
you pretend to know because you're some naive art critic
Finally you arrive to the end of the tape trail and the word reveals itself
There was a line indicating where to stand along with an artist statement that went something like this...

If you stand in the right spot and close one eye you should be able to make out the word "Aporia", which means a state where meaning is already always differing.

This sculpture is a reflection of my self-discoveries whilst in New Zealand because it requires you to change your perspective to understand the meaning. I came to New Zealand to do some soul searching, and although I have found some answers, they have opened up the doors to more questions that need to be answered. Life is a never ending quest.

9/3/2009 04:45:31 pm

Its so obvious a designer made this. Just look at that sexy typography. Theres no way a sculpture student could've created a masterpiece like that.

hehe...kidding. Kinda.

1/20/2012 10:51:02 am

Wise man have their mouths in their hearts, fools have their hearts in their mouths.

1/20/2012 10:51:11 am

First, it attracted me the most is its practicality and its convenience. Second, it's personalized design fascinated me. Finally, I must mention is its economy. I believe it will have a very good development prospects.

1/20/2012 10:51:17 am

I was really attracted by such a good product , I think only a good product to be able to get customer support, only honest companies can be sustainable development.

3/26/2012 05:05:07 pm

what you have said in this article has been deeply interest me
and i reall like your subject and wish you can write more

3/26/2012 05:32:26 pm

I was really attracted by such a good product , I think only a good product to be able to get customer support, only honest companies can be sustainable development.

8/23/2012 01:15:22 pm

15. Anthropological Professionals

By far the most surely should have to help bring in their own $120, 000 per year regarding there're those with provided all of us the actual smartly manufactured wonderful portions involving buildings. Out of complexes to help links to help roads- they've prepared it along with built their own desire appear legitimate actually.

9/3/2012 12:55:24 pm

wholesale body jewelry has been a fashion to Woman and male around the universe since they can put on several kinds of jewelry such as clip-in accessories, necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets.


Leave a Reply.


    Ok, I'll probably do a series of these...

    New Zealand is a place fully of quirks that separate it's traditions from ours -for example: they drive cars over here but on the other side of the road. So, what I'm going to do is post a picture and you will try to guess the New Zealand way of saying it.  I will later post the answer for you.  And the person with the craziest/creative/zai   ny


    July 2009



    RSS Feed