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Artists take three dimensional approach

Students and faculty attend the opening of “An Interactive Installation” in the Linfield Gallery on Feb. 16. It features interactive pieces created by artists Modou Dieng and Devon A. VanHouten-Maldonado.
Joel Ray/Senior photographer
Students and faculty attend the opening of “An Interactive Installation” in the Linfield Gallery on Feb. 16. It features interactive pieces created by artists Modou Dieng and Devon A. VanHouten-Maldonado. Joel Ray/Senior photographer

Students and faculty attend the opening of “An Interactive Installation” in the Linfield Gallery on Feb. 16. It features interactive pieces created by artists Modou Dieng and Devon A. VanHouten-Maldonado.
Joel Ray/Senior photographer

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

Carrie Skuzeski can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

 

Justin Bieber seeks too much attention, again

During the past years, Tiwtter, Instagram and YouTube have exploded in the cyber world. People constantly post tweets about what they are eating, who they are hanging out with or photos of their cute puppy.
All of which, people seem to think that their peers actually care about.
Not only can you connect with your friends on these networking sites, you can also connect with celebrities.
Almost everyone I know follows the big ones: Barack Obama, Rihanna, Jenna Marbles and our good ole‘ pop start from Canada…Justin Bieber.
Even though I participate on such social networks, I try to stay clear of such people because, well, they drive me crazy.
Celebrities sometimes tend to turn into that one annoying friend from Facebook who either posts passive aggressive dramatic posts all the time or the one who feels the need to post everything about every minute of their day.
We all know who those people are and deep down inside we kind of hate them. Justin Bieber is one of these people.
Let’s start with his tweets. In case you did not know from his multiple posts, the Biebs turned 19 on March 3.
Let me just quote the man himself, “my birthday is on friday :)” and “My birthday is tomorrow.” Wow, look at him all grown up! So mature!
It’s too bad his tweets lack any amount of correct grammar or punctuation.
Also, what the hell do you expect me to do with a tweet like that?
Do you want me to send you a Lamborghini or something?
A Rolex?
Not going to happen…ever.
Next up is Instagram. We are a self-centered society so it surprises no one that Justin Bieber feels the need to constantly post pictures of himself making the exact same face.
We see his face plastered all across tabloids telling us whether he is dating Selena Gomez or Kim Kardashian. We don’t need to see your face anymore.
And a little tip, duck lips don’t look good on girls, and they don’t look good on you guys either.
Oh and also, stop trying to dress “fresh to death.” You look silly and you should consider pulling up your pants.
Justin Bieber’s annoying, constant need for attention has really brought me to my last nerve.
Just because you are a celebrity does not mean that you need to shove your life down our throats. People magazine already does that, thank you very much.
Just calm down a bit. Be the user you want to follow.

Kate Straube
Photo editor
Kate Straube can be reached at linfieldreviewphotos@gmail.com.

Artist weaves tradition and baskets together

Participants admire one of the baskets that guest Stephanie Wood showed during the cultural workshop Nov. 30 in Withnell Commons. Joel Ray/Photo editor

The room was full of upbeat conversation and the smell of cedar at the cultural workshop Nov. 30. Linfield students and staff gathered in Withnell Commons for guest Stephanie Wood’s presentation about Native American basket-weaving techniques with a hands-on activity.

Wood passed around examples of baskets that she had made, and she identified the materials that she used while talking about the traditions of basket weaving. She also showed examples of the grasses and sedges she used.

She showed the workshop participants how to crack a strip of cedar bark and peel the outer bark away from the inner bark. Next, she demonstrated how to fold and twist the strips into the shape of roses.

“My favorite part was when my rose turned out pretty,” German teaching assistant Manuela Faschang said. “I was proud when I saw I could do it.”

Wood also showed the participants how to twist thin strands of Alaskan yellow cedar into rope.

“The workshop was really new and interesting,” French teaching assistant Esse Dabla said. “I really did not know what this would be about, so I was curious. I want to take chances and use opportunities. The whole thing was authentic and simple.”

Wood said that she comes from a family of basket weavers, but today, only she and one of her cousins continue to weave.

“I enjoy passing on and continuing traditions,” she said.

Throughout the workshop, Wood seemed to enjoy showing the workshop participants how to make the folds that would twist the cedar strips into roses.

“You can tell it’s really important to her life,” Faschang said. “Sometimes when you see things like this, it’s because people want to make money. [Wood] tries to keep it alive. It’s not just to make money.”

Wood is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. She is an alumna of the University of Oregon, where she completed her degree in cultural anthropology with an emphasis on Northwest Native American Cultures.

She has worked with several museum collections of Native American baskets to help identify the baskets’ origins and their creators.

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Sharon Gollery/
Culture editor
Sharon Gollery can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.