We, as human beings and temporary custodians of the planet, need to realize our biggest concern must be for each other and for those that we will leave this planet to. We must live with harmony, love and care for each other and this world.
Once again, we embark on the time of year where our focus turns inward; gone are the hot and long dog days of summer. We are past the early fall of burnished leaves dropping from the trees punctuating warm days at the cider mill and football game tailgates. It’s time now for the nakedness of the trees and crisp cool mornings and evenings. It’s the time to return indoors for some wonderful anticipated traditions and entertainment. There are book fairs, cooking classes, art classes, movies, school for some, antiquing, and art gallery exhibits, to name just a few.
Oakland University’s Biennial Faculty Exhibition is a must for those of you that love perusing the art galleries, whether you seek a diversion, amusement or just time well spent. I believe you will walk away from this show with profound memories. The show, currently running through November 21, has no claimed theme. Yet I feel compelled to share with you the theme I perceive based on my visits to this fantastic show.
Artists are our messengers. They bring to our consciousness issues of our world. They teach us what we surely would miss if not for their work. Artists enlighten us, utilizing their medium of expression, and point us to some of the most clear, uncluttered, yet pressing issues that surround us. Through their work we are educated about environmental concerns, human conditions, relationships, culture, language, time and effect. Most profound to me, and quite evident in this show, is the effect we have upon one another and this earth solely due to our actions.
I found that the more I walked through the Oakland University Art Gallery the more the art spoke to me about the cultures and people of our world. There was a profound feeling of love and respect for life and culture.
Twenty-two faculty/artists came together with no united theme and yet when all the art is in one room there is a strong feeling of relationship, effects of people, environmental concerns and cultural respect. A few examples I am behooved to entice you with are the colorful portrait work done by Dick Goody that in his own words he describes as “reflexive, philosophical and enchanting.” He is speaking of the people of his culture. Claude Baillargeon, photographer, has a series of three beautiful photographs that remind us of the Japanese and their tranquil, undisturbed “resilience,” to go on in this world after atomic bombings could have victimized them, still, to this day. Andrew Thompson’s three-dimensional soft sculpture reminds us that we are packaging temporary objects in permanent unnatural packaging. And so his concern is what will become of our world if this continues? Evoking the message ever so strongly is his choice to organize his art “in a temporary state of being.” Meredith Adamisin feels our marks from pressure, posture, mass and weight surely leave a “residue” on this planet, yet her work immortalizes the effect with ethereal beauty.
All of the artists are highly talented, educated and have the presence of mind to pass on their message with thought provoking continuity. You must not miss this show.
The gallery is located at 208 Wilson Hall, 2200 North Squirrel Road, Rochester, MI or call 248 370-3005 or visit the website at www.oakland.edu/ouag