Sunday, April 8, 2012

Salama and stairwells

Apparently the beige object on a pole on the far left is a head cast.
This morning I went to the List Art Building to take photos for the Herald on a senior thesis art exhibit. Cecilia happened to be looking at her exhibit with a friend when I stopped in to take photos which made for an awkward moment ("Do you want us to leave...?") but which was quickly followed by an interesting introduction by the artist herself. Cecilia was inspired by a number of things including her sculptural background, anatomy, and playing with heaviness and lightness. The materials she has used in her displays are unconventional to say the least--a few that I spotted were an air conditioning filter, sheep wool, and a molding of a head stuck upside down onto a pole.

Salama, left, with her friend.
Cecilia Salama's work is crazy wonderful--the wild array of colors on her paintings combined with the off-center frames and other small sculptural pieces all clustered together on the floor give the entire exhibit a chaotic, incomplete feeling. Photographing her work was i think one of my most interesting Herald assignments thus far. Visit her website here.

As I was exiting the building, I took advantage of the fact that I had my camera with me to photograph parts of the north stairwell. Ironically enough (perhaps put there for the purpose of irony?), there is a sign on a wall of the ground floor that says, "no posting, spray-painting, or installation of 3D work on this stairwell,"  but I clearly saw all three contraband decorations in copious amounts throughout.

I've been wondering this entire year what the seemingly haphazard red and yellow design on the edges of the stairs are. Now, after trekking up to the top floor of list and following the directive "look down" painted on the wall there, I have finally found out.

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