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5:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Experiencing 'The Bridge Club'

Credit Cary Conover courtesy of the Ulrich Museum of Art

There has been a lot of performance art in Wichita lately: ProjectvRunaway for WSU Shift Space, George Ferrandi with Harvester Arts, and The Bridge Club brought in by the Ulrich Museum.

For those who may not "get" performance art, you are far from alone. But let me offer this brief explanation: Performance artists craft experiences, instead of paintings or sculptures. It is ephemeral, and while there may be photographic documentation, viewing images and experiencing the performance are two separate things.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Is 'Free' Really Free?

Stephanie Syjuco, FREE TEXTS (Installation at Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita), ongoing. Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of Ulrich Museum of Art

This is the final weekend for the exhibition FREE TEXTS by Stephanie Syjuco at the Ulrich Museum.

Syjuco is a recent recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and her solo exhibition proves that the re-conceptualized Ulrich Underground is a perfect space for experimentation and contemporary artistic talent.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Beautiful City: The 'Street Art' Movement

A stencil work by Banksy
erokism / Flickr / Creative Commons

More than 40 years have passed since the beginning of the modern graffiti movement, and it shows no sign of slowing down. Heightened security in train yards, and technological innovations such as graffiti-proof paints and metals, have moved the scene from subways to the streets. The first writers have either disappeared, or moved their craft from the streets to the art gallery. And an entire generation has grown up in a world that has always had graffiti showing up somewhere in their cities.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Mechanical Sculptures In An Unusual Gallery

Lindsey Herkommer DeVries KMUW

On Commerce Street, you can find a number of art galleries, but there is one that I would even hesitate to call a “gallery.” It’s really a restoration workshop with a space for art up front.

The garage-slash-art space seems an unlikely pairing, but every time I walk into Go Away Garage, I’m impressed by either the quality of craftsmanship in the art or the quality of the presentation. Last Final Friday, I was impressed by both.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

A Cultural Icon Turned Commercial Design

"LOVE" found on the Wichita State campus
Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

Have you ever seen that print of the word “LOVE”? It has red capitalized letters, each stacked on one another like the four quadrants of a Cartesian grid, but with the “O” slightly tilted.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Graffiti Removal From Another Angle

Graffiti on the Great Wall of China
tuppaware_001 / Flickr / Creative Commons

China has a graffiti problem.

Or, more specifically, The Great Wall has a graffiti problem.

It’s not really surprising that people have visited the Great Wall for centuries and left their names etched into the bricks—it’s what people do. The Chinese approach to managing this graffiti may be more clever than functional, but it does suggest that we don’t always need buckets of grey paint.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Promising 'Telephone' Ultimately A Disappointment

Lael Ewy writes a narrative
Torin Andersen

For February’s Final Friday, Fisch Haus hosted a multi-media, interpretative art installation they called Shattered Telephone. The concept is a blend of the grade-school game "Broken Telephone" and, of similar structure, the Surrealist poetic technique called "Exquisite Corpse."

Fisch Haus’ event expanded these ideas to include actors, dancers, artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, video artists, storytellers and a stenographer for big, Michael Bay-esque creative explosions.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Beautiful City: The Hobo Code

Rob Swatski / Flickr / Creative Commons

America has had a fascination with hobos and hobo culture for nearly as long as these folks have been hitching rides on trains.

The myth of the hobo, like so many other myths, is far more romantic than the reality, but the idealization of the hobo as an essential American character is nonetheless solidly entrenched in much of our music, film and art.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

What Happens When People Hurt Our Public Art?

The restored mural
Armando Minjarez

Wichita is full of amazing public art that gives our city character. It belongs to all of us. And when it is vandalized, it hurts. It hurts emotionally, financially and it hurts the culture of our city.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

'Juvenile' A Powerful Look At Forgotten Children

Richard Ross, Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center, Caldwell, Idaho, 2, 2010. Digital inkjet print, 38 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist

The Ulrich Museum’s exhibition Juvenile in Justice presents the award–winning work of photographer Richard Ross.

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