Thought-Provoking Installation Art on Campus Right Now

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A treasure map of installation art on display around campus

You may have noticed some new art popping up around campus overnight, joining the ranks of the swirly twirly glass chandelier in Storer, the simply indescribable metal contortion on the Science Quad lawn, and the funky arrowhead mobile hanging above New Side in Peirce. These new marvels of innovation are projects from Professor Esslinger’s Installation Art class, and these students have worked ridiculously hard on their projects, pulling multiple all-nighters, eating at strange hours, and forsaking other responsibilities and human companionship in the name of glorious Art. Check out everyone’s pieces on display this week, but for now, here are a few highlights!

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Student Art Retrospective: Venus

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Over a year ago, James Wojtal ’18 began collaborating with fellow artists and friends Emma Brown ’17 and Andrew Perricone ’17. James noticed a few significant themes arising in his poetry. He had always loved Greek myth, intrigued by characters like Venus and Aphrodite. He identifies with Venus, understanding that her sexuality was extremely complicated, tainted by violence and forced to fit the desire of others. “When I was young, I was nervous for Venus and Aphrodite. So much was left unsaid in the myths — I didn’t know if Aphrodite wanted to be the goddess of love, if she was happy,” James told me. Investigating his perception of his own body as a site of both violence and sexuality, James Wojtal collaborates with Emma Brown and Andrew Perricone to investigate self-harm and the capacity of the body for both pleasure and pain in a multi-media project on show this week in the Horn Gallery. James’ poetry is accompanied by Emma’s photography and music by Andrew. These art forms combine to create a sensory experience so visceral that it mirrors the corporeal nature of the work.

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