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Artist paints 100,000 names in 10 days

A performance artist painted the names of 100,000 Iraqis who have died in the war efforts on the walls of the Linfield Gallery.

As an Associate Arts Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Wafaa Bilal incorporated his political based work as part of this year’s PLACE theme, “Legacies of War.”

Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Brian Winkenweder         introduced Bilal at his artist talk. The two met while attending the University of New Mexico.

Bilal lived on campus while hand painting the names in Arabic.

Students watched as Bilal painted the exhibit with a shiny white paint on top of the already white walls so that the names were only visible when reflecting sunlight.

“Sometimes art galleries aren’t about hanging a nice picture on the wall,” Director and Curator of the Linfield Gallery Criss Moss said.

“I Don’t Know Their Names” is Bilal’s latest project to promote Iraqi awareness. His goal is to “acknowledge the invisible.”

“It is a silent observation of the people we have lost,“ Bilal said. “A lot of emotions come to mind with every name, I think of their loss.”

Though Bilal’s exhibit is only temporary and will be painted over, he has a much more permanent piece tattooed on him.

In another one of Bilal’s projects called “…And Counting” he had a map of Iraq tattooed onto his back. To continue his theme of invisibility, the American casualties are tattooed in black ink while the Iraqis’ can only be seen under a black light.

Bilal has done other performance-based art in the past.

In 2007, Bilal did one of his more interactive pieces called  “Domestic Tension.”

For the exhibit, Bilal lived in a Chicago art gallery for 31 days.

During that time, people had online access to a paintball gun that was controlled by the computer and could shoot Bilal at any time of the day or night.

He was shot a total of 75,000 times.

Bilal wrote a book based off of his artistic experiments with Iraqi racism in 2008 called, “Shoot an Iraqi Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun.”

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at the James Miller Fine Arts Center “I Don’t Know Their Names” will be shown until May 10.

 

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Bilal speaks about his painting process during his artist talk.

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Student artist ‘Guggles’ his way to an artistic community, creates an art club

Sophomore Doug Sundman, one of the charter members of the “Guggle” Movement, is working to create a community of free expression around the Linfield campus.

He, along with junior Lionel Parra who coined the term “Guggle,” hope to bring back the emphasis on liberal arts at Linfield that they feel has been marginalized.

“‘Guggle’ arose out of Ron Mill’s class last year. It was classical approaches to figure. In it we were given provocations like the body in relation to society,” Sundman said.

“‘Guggle’ is about creating a culture of people who pursue provocations, but [instead of a professor assigning you one], you just kind of assign yourself a provocation,” Sundman said.

One of the many unofficial mottos of “Guggle” is to, “Have confidence and don’t worry about what happens. Just go with it,” Parra said.

“It seems like everyone has this impression that we are trying to form some sort of exclusive clique,” Sundman said.

“One of the first things we said was that anyone can ‘Guggle,’” Sundman said. “It’s more of an attitude.”

Sundman is helping to start form an art club. The Associated Students of Linfield College is scheduled to vote on a temporary charter for the club March 18, according to Sundman.

“We are trying to promote liberal arts at a liberal arts college, so we are pretty confident that ASLC will pass our charter,” Sundman said.

Sundman was one of the 16 students in the art department who helped build “Nils Lou’s Playhouse” during January term for the build to burn class, according to Sundman.

The 23 foot-tall sculpture is currently on display in the courtyard of the art department buildings.

Sundman’s contributions to the structure were two dozen or so wood feathers that pepper the exterior of the structure and two murals at its base, one of a tiger and one of a turtle. He also painted the support beams that create the structure’s base.

Sundman began his artistic journey at the age of three.

“I made magnificent [lego] sculptures that were four feet tall,” Sundman said.

“I don’t think I started doodling until fourth grade though,” Sundman said. “When we first really started using pencils to write papers in class is when I remember beginning.”

“My favorite practice in art is compulsively getting rid of all your art,” Sundman said. “I constantly whitewash my things [because] it encourages making more art.”

Sundman’s favorite medium is oil pastels. Sundman is currently an undeclared major, however, he is leaning towards a studio art major.

Ryan Morgan / Culture Editor

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Portland artist presents mixed media, sculptures

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Cardboard-Rugs Spencer Display-3 SpencerA Portland-based artist, John Brodie, visits his “Versus Artifacts” exhibit, which was unveiled in James F. Miller Fine Arts Center Feb. 10. Brodie spoke about the statements and techniques of not 
only the exhibit, but also the entirety of his art portfolio. The pictures represent the bulk of Brodie’s

 exhibit and are intended to “generate 

transcendence over everything for the author and observer,” Brodie wrote. Brodie’s “Versus Artifacts” will be in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center until March 22.

All photos by Spencer Beck

Creative art spreads light

Linfield art students gathered together to hold a candle light vigil at midnight on Nov. 8. The vigil was a simple gathering of Adjunct  Professor of 3D Design Totem Shriver’s art classes.

Shriver said that the night watch was also appropriate to the season, where some people celebrate winter during the holidays by lighting candles.

During the vigil, each student shared his or her reason behind making his or her light sculpture.

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Sophomore Joanna Buchholz displays a tissue paper lantern she created at a gathering with students from three of Adjunct Professor of 3D Design Totem Shriver’s art classes on Nov. 7.

During the past two weeks students had been creating contraptions to hold some sort of light, including wax candles, electric candles or any other sort of light. Shriver called the contraptions “containers of light.”

The inspiration from the idea for the containers of light came from light artist James Turrell. The students studied

Turrell and his practice in class. Turell had spent over 40 years working with light art.

Many students had various looking light containers. Some students used artificial light and other used candlelight.

Sophomore Mackenzie Larson made a dome-like container out of foil and wire.

She put a base at the bottom of the dome for her light source.

Junior Quinn Carlin made a wishing well contraption. There were two small square wells next to each other.

One well had red water and glitter and the other blue water and glitter. Underneath the wells candles were lit, making the color water and glitter shine. Carlin gave some students pennies to make a wish into the well.

“I thought the coolest light that I had ever seen was when the light shimmers off water,” Carlin wrote.

“I wanted to make something that reflected light through different colors of water. I liked the ideas of wishes and putting them out there. I like the idea of colors going with different emotions. Also I wanted my project to be outside of the box thinking.”

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Sophomore Amanda Rice poses with a glass dragon that she created for the light vigil and gathering with other art students.

Sophomore Joanna Buchholz created a “twirly gig,” as she called it. The “twirly gig” consisted of chicken wire that formed a sphere structure, and the outside was tissue paper.

On the inside of the container was a wood platform with an electric candle. The “twirly gig” was also hung from a stick.

After the vigil, Buchholz along with a few other students set their light structures.

“I liked this project because it gave everyone so much freedom to do what they wanted” Carlin wrote.

“I loved seeing all the crazy light boxes. This is the best art class because you get to make whatever inspires you.”

Mariah Gonzales / Culture editor

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Interactive art class helps students express themselves

Every year there are two walls on the outside of the Miller Fine Arts Center that are painted by Linfield students.

One wall is located on the side of the building facing Keck Drive on the way to Albertson’s. And the other wall is located in front of the art center.

Totem Shriver, the adjunct professor of 3-D design in the art department, had three of his classes working collaboratively on painting the walls using primary and secondary colors this year.

The assignment for this project was to paint a mix of organic and geometric shapes.

To make the colors pop, the students also added tertiary colors—colors made from the mix of from the primary and secondary colors.

The students worked on the colors, forms and shapes they used throughout the piece.

“It’s supposed to look like a bucket of worms,” senior Ben Stuart said.

This was the prompt Shriver gave his students to give them an idea of painting organically. The project began with each student painting his or her idea on a section of the wall.

Since beginning the project, students have worked collaboratively by building on each other’s ideas until the designs formed one big mural.

“Every day is different, depending on where you were last,” Shriver said, referring to the students’ artwork on the wall.

The painting of the walls has encouraged students to let their creativity and ideas flow, which come out in the murals.

“The murals gave us an opportunity to paint what we felt,” sophomore Madeline Bergan said, who is taking her first art class with Shriver.

Both of the walls are colorful, but each of the walls has a unique design.

The wall on the side of the art building facing Keck Drive has a more organic design, compared to the mural in front of the art center that is made up of half of geometric shapes and the other half organic shapes.

Shriver took a vote with his students on the wall in front of the art building about which side the students liked better: the geometric shape side or the organic shape side.

He said that in each class the vote was about half and half, which could suggest an insight to the way people the students think.

“There is no initial structure [to the murals],” sophomore Grant Smith said. “It’s supposed to be a mix of color and shapes.”

In past classes Shriver has also done 3-D art collages. The collages contain photos of the students along with cutouts of magazines and other items that contribute to the 3-D effect.

Also, the collages are gender specific, meaning male students  made their work masculine, while female students made their collages feminine.

Mariah Gonzales / Culture editor

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Erin Heltsley/Freelance photographer

Students taking Introduction to Studio Art spent the past few weeks painting the walls outside of the Miller Fine Arts Center. There are two murals that were painted: one
facing Keck Drive while the other is on the front of the art building facing the Library. Painting the murals were a way for the students to express themselves through art.