Daily Archives: March 10, 2013
Sometimes you have to look deeper to see the message behind a work of art, even with 3D glasses. Modou Dieng and Devon VanHouten-Maldonado challenge viewers to find a more complex meaning from the works displayed in their exhibit “An Interactive Installation,” which will be open for viewing until March 16 in the Linfield Gallery.
Cristopher Moss, the Linfield Gallery director and curator, invited artists Dieng and VanHouten-Maldonado to campus. Their work features Senegalese and Mexican figures from the past and explores the way today’s digital revolution embodies history.
“I was excited to do a show that was more academic, meaning that I am not trying to sell a product,” Dieng said. “I am trying to sort of create a conversation and an idea.”
The artists encourage visitors to wear 3D glasses while viewing the art. The glasses enhance the colors of the artwork, but are mainly included as an opportunity to use modern-day tools to analyze ethnicity and cultural history.
Dieng and VanHouten-Maldonado hope to inspire onlookers to alter their preconceived ideas about history.
“Specifically to this show, I think what we’re interested in is pointing out how uncertain reality is,” VanHouten-Maldonado said. “The way that we understand history, and in particular we are talking about our own cultural history, is so skewed by the way that we manipulate information.”
Junior art major Alyssa Dykgraaf commended the artists’ inclusion of the glasses.
“I think the 3D glasses were incredibly innovative,” Dykgraaf said in an email. “I’ve never seen them integrated into a gallery show before.”
When considering Linfield’s attributes, cultural diversity is one of the first things that comes to mind.
Dieng is Senegalese and VanHouten-Maldonado has Mexican heritage, and both cultural backgrounds are significant influences on their pieces.
“We wanted to do a show that talked about stuff that was actually important to us. And most importantly it talks about our culture,” VanHouten-Maldonado said. “And knowing that Oregon is sort of an insulated place, I think we felt like it was important to talk about.”
VanHouten-Maldonado resides in Portland, where he continues to develop his relatively new artist career.
Despite his young age, he has exhibited a considerable amount of work, of which he concentrates on showing in atypical spaces and promoting community involvement.
He has contributed to important local projects, such as “These Prison Walls,” as well as international projects like “Global Studios” in Dakar, Senegal. VanHouten-Maldonado created an alternative workspace to harbor experimental exhibits called The Bunker.
Dieng also lives and works in Portland, and he has presented his work in major cities, such as Paris, Madrid, New York and Los Angeles.
He is originally from Senegal, where he acquired a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts. He holds a master’s in fine arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and is an assistant professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He also founded a laboratory for creative experimentation in Portland.
Dieng uses his art to speak about larger issues, such as race, gender, social status and urban history. He uses mixed media, photography, painting and installation to create his work. He embraces today’s technology and uses it to fuel his art.
“I think we have to reinvent authenticity, and technology is creating a new conversation about what’s authentic and what’s not,” Dieng said. “It changes our perception of authenticity.”
Dieng and VanHouten-Maldonado painted their work on wallpaper-like material. When the exhibit closes, all of the pieces will be torn off the walls and ruined. As tragic as it may seem, it’s actually what the artists intended to happen. It contributes to the exhibit’s theme that all moments in history are fleeting.
“We should feel very honored to the small population of people who will get to see these wonderful images in person,” Dykgraaf said. “And that, in and of itself, should be enough to get every student into the gallery to view the art.”
Carrie Skuzeski/Culture Editor
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The Wildcat track and field team had many standouts at its first outdoor meet, the Linfield Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker, on March 1 and 2.
On Friday, juniors Siena Noe and Hannah Greider received the best time of their careers in the 10,000-meter, putting them both into the Linfield record books. Noe came in third, with a time of 38 minutes, 14.88 seconds. Greider placed fourth, with a time of 38 minutes, 30.75 seconds.
On Saturday, junior Anna LaBeaume beat her personal record in the hammer throw and received first, with 158 feet and 7 inches. She also received third in discus.
Junior Courtney Alley also set personal records in the hammer throw and shot put. Alley took seventh in hammer and sixth in shot put and discus.
Freshman Rachael Gernhart also made the record books during her freshman debut in triple jump. Gernhart placed second with 34 feet and 10.63 inches. In the second heat, Gerhart placed first, finishing the meet fifth overall in the 100-meter.
Junior Kate Shear got first in the javelin throw, even after not completing her last throws. Senior Amy Bumatai tied with her career best in pole vault for first place.
Junior Meghan Lockwood and freshman Celena Byerlee finished with the top eight in the triple jump.
Sophomore Halsie Peek finished first overall in the 100-meter with 13.06 seconds.
Linfield had two runners finish in succession in the 400-meter. Sophomore Ellie Schmidt finished in sixth and freshman Brenna Stinson finished seventh.
On the men’s side, senior Lester Maxwell came in second for the 800-meter, and freshman Andrew Gonzales finished seventh in his collegiate debut for the 400-meter.
Senior Cameron Chester received his career best in the 5K and finished third with 15 minutes and 37.62 seconds. Sophomore Morgunn Ewing placed second in javelin and senior Drew Wert finished fifth in shot put.
In the hammer, sophomore Nick Fairhart made a personal record with 159 feet and 7 inches, receiving third.
The Wildcats will compete next at the George Fox Open at 10 a.m. March 9.
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College students’ meals don’t usually include crème puffs and escargot, but a few Wildcats were granted a break from Dillin dining when they attended the event “Taste of: Recipe ‘A Neighborhood Kitchen’” March 1 in Newberg, Ore.
For just $4, the Linfield Activities Board (LAB) sent students to enjoy a classy dinner and dessert, normally priced at $30 from Recipe. They enjoyed dishes, such as flank steak with pureed potatoes, and heirloom lettuce salad with vanilla rice pudding for dessert.
“Recipe had a warm and inviting atmosphere and food that looked like art,” said senior Megan Bahrt, LAB cultural events chair. “The service was wonderful, and we all had a good time.”
Owners Dustin Wyant and Paul Bachand are passionate about cooking with only the highest quality foods from local farms and ranches. They embrace the “slow food” movement, which promotes local and sustainable foods, rather than fast food and the globalization of agriculture.
“A large portion of the food there was locally sourced, which was obvious by the freshness of everything I tasted,” said sophomore Chloe Shields, one of the participating students.
Wyant and Bachand abide by old-school cooking rules, using family recipes and timeless methods. They hand-make their own pasta and Buratta cheese every day, illustrating the care they take in creating their foods. Recipe’s menu changes with the seasons so that customers are indulged with the flavorful foods at the peak of their harvest.
Wyant and Bachand feature dishes that one would eat amongst friends and family in the comfort of their own home, which perhaps explains why the restaurant is established in a classic Victorian home. Recipe’s farmhouse design is intended to make customers feel welcomed and comfortable in their restaurant.
“Recipe was a little small, as it was tucked away in the structure of an old Victorian house.” Shields said. “The restaurant was beautiful and provided a warm and relaxing candlelit atmosphere.”
“Taste of” outings are created to give Wildcats dining experiences with foods from a variety of cultures and locations outside of McMinnville.
“I came to the U.S. as an exchange student with a view to experience new things and broaden my horizons. Sometimes I feel McMinnville is a bit too small, and there are not many places to go and not so many things to do. Although, I still love this town,” freshman Chihoon Cho said in an email. “These ‘Taste of’ trips (have) granted me the opportunity to understand the diversity in the U.S. food culture. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.”
If cereal, pizza or—heaven forbid—Thai Country gets old, students can make the trip to Recipe, where they can enjoy home-style dishes from the local wine country.
Carrie Skuzeski/Culture Editor
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With nine returning members and a total team of 12, this is one of the smallest teams women’s tennis has seen in a few years.
“Typically we have two teams, but we didn’t have enough members this year to split in two,” sophomore Katie Krieger said. “It’s nice to have everyone on one team, practicing together, because we can see each other play and grow as a team.”
In the past, red and purple teams have divided competing and non-competing members. However, with the smaller numbers this year, a combined team has allowed all members the opportunity to compete.
“With a smaller team, we can get more individual attention from our coaches and improve as players,” Jernstedt said in praise of her team.
With two coaches, head coach Amy Dames Smith and assistant coach Brint Kingzett, the players will certainly get the support they desire.
“We have two amazing coaches. They’re both really helpful and have definitely led to my improvement these past two years,” Krieger said.
With one player back from an injury and another cleared after suffering from bronchitis, this weekend looks like it could turn out to be the comeback the Wildcats need to propel them toward the league championship.
The team fought for its first wins while at home Feb. 23 and 24. The Wildcats defeated Whitworth University, 5-4 on Feb. 24 and George Fox University 7-2 on Feb. 23.
Women’s tennis hosted Pacific Lutheran University in its second league match of the season Feb. 15. A close loss at 4-5 marks a rocky season for the experienced team. This fourth match of the season is its fourth consecutive loss.
Even so, there is still hope that the season will turn around soon.
“Our first two matches [against Portland State and Santa Cruz] don’t count toward our league championship chances so there is still time to improve and have a great season,” sophomore Gretchen Jernstedt said.
Olivia Marovich/ Staff writer
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“The Dovekeepers,” the newest novel by Alice Hoffman, is often disturbing, occasionally sexy, usually sad and an oddly satisfying work of feminist literature.
“The Dovekeepers” is a novel inspired by actual events. According to historians, the fortress of Jewish rebels was surrounded by Roman soldiers and destined to be violently desecrated by the soldiers. So, instead of letting the Roman soldiers destroy them, the citizens in the fortress (around 900 people) committed mass suicide and burned down the fortress.
In this novel, only two women and five children survived to tell the tale.
Don’t worry, this is history, and therefore, not a spoiler.
Set in 70 C.E. in the deserts surrounding Jerusalem, “The Dovekeepers” tells the story about the Roman army’s siege on the last Jewish fortress on the mountain of Masada. The story is narrated by four women who were seemingly unimportant during the time period, but in reality, they were the backbone of the Jewish resistance against the Romans.
The women work together as dovekeepers, hence the title of the novel, and witness all the heart wrenching events within the fortress. Each woman, Yael, Revka, Aziza and Shirah, tells of her traumatic journey from the home she was chased from, to the mountain of Masada, and the ongoing events within the fortress. Each woman faces her own difficulties, such as adultery, unwed childbirth, cross-dressing and witchery.
Alice Hoffman is an experienced author. She wrote the children’s novel “Aquamarine,” as well as “Practical Magic” and the screenplays for both films that were based on her novels. In total, she has written 33 novels and five
Ron Charles of “The Washington Post” describes Hoffman as, “The most uneven writer in America. A trip through her enormous body of work—for adults and young people—is a jarring ride… But nothing she’s written would prepare you for the gravitas of her new book, an immersive historical novel about Masada during the Roman siege in the 1st Century.”
When one thinks of the times of the Romans, his or her mind goes to Spartacus-style battles or Julius Caesar and his troops, but one rarely thinks of the women of that time.
“The Dovekeepers” is a refreshing feminist reimagining of true historical events that doesn’t coddle the reader. Unlike Hoffman’s other works, “The Dovekeepers” is full of gratuitous violence, several vivid rape scenes and many vicious murder scenes. So, if you’re easily disturbed and prone to nightmares and bedwetting, you should steer clear of this novel. “The Dovekeepers” should be on any ambitious reader’s list this flu season.
Paige Jurgensen/For the review
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