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No matter your opinion of art, don’t destroy what you don’t like

Published (Volume 76, No. 29)

I am very appalled at the actions of “college” students.

Let me explain my rash statement.  This week my group from Dr. Eckert’s Art Theory and Criticism class put up our projects. Every time she teaches this class she tries to get her students to question art and its boundaries.

To answer, the students are required to come up with ideas and display an exhibit. 

Our group came up with an idea of taking pictures of everyday objects and placing those pictures next to the objects themselves. We also printed brochures that explain the exhibit.

For my part of the exhibit, I took a picture of a stair, then I changed the size of the photo and printed out twenty different sized pictures. Then I placed the pictures of the stairs on the stairs in Fine Arts.

The effect was that as you walk up the stairs the pictures of the stairs got smaller and as you walk down the pictures got bigger.

I put a sign up at the bottom of the stairs that said “Please Walk On Art.” I thought it would be fun because you would be walking on a picture of a stair instead of the stairs themselves. 

Another group member put her exhibit in the elevator of Fine Arts of pictures of objects found inside the elevator. Other group members put up theirs on the second floor of the building.

We put up all of our exhibits up on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday night after assisting with Big River rehearsal, I walked out to find that every one of my 20 pictures had been ripped off the stairs and thrown on the floor of the gallery.  Then I found that the pictures in the elevator had been stolen and rude comments left in their place.

One of the pictures on the second floor had been ripped down but all the rest had been left alone. Since the imbeciles tore down our projects the same day we put them up, Dr. Eckert never had the chance to see our project, so we must put up the missing pieces again.

I would like to say to the idiots that decided this would be funny that what you really did was give the ‘art’ more validity because by taking such an aggressive action towards our project you have shown that our simple project has stirred up some really strong emotions. 

I am glad that our art has stirred up such controversy to be ripped down. I am just upset that I am going to have to spend another $2 and a few hours to redo the original. That was money I could have spent on a pack of cigarette and that really burns my britches.

To those who never got to see the exhibit it will be up for another week in Fine Arts on the winding stairwell, second floor and elevator. 

We will have our brochures and a book for visitors to leave comments on what they think about the exhibit on the second floor.
Providing that no one tears them down again.

Jessie Blanchard is a senior Theatre major from Martin.