By: Missy Finnegan – Staff Writer
The pressures and fears in college and in the real world constantly surround us.
The goal of the third ArtStreet White Box Gallery installation in a series of six, titled FEAR, is to engage with those fears in today’s political, social and personal climate.
“It’s not all rainbows and unicorns,” Adrienne Ausdenmoore, associate director of ArtStreet said. “Any college student or person in this world is facing increasing pressures due to constant stimulus.”
The interactive exhibit is meant to provoke thought and dialogue between participants.
According to Ausdenmoore, FEAR, as well as the other installations at ArtStreet this year, “is meant as an opportunity to see, think and potentially have a dialogue dealing with sight, sound, space and emotion.”
Building off THIRST, the exhibit prompts participants to question what will happen when something they have been thirsting for and then obtained is taken away or never actually gained.
There are two stations on opposite sides of the exhibit that call participants to tangibly engage in finding their fears and what will end those fears through magazine clippings. With a wide range of responses visible in the basket on the table, it can be an intimate moment of conversation with yourself, as well as a collaborating discussion with others.
Creative Lead Krista Franklin utilized her literary and visual talents to evolve the previous exhibit, CONSUMPTION, into FEAR. There are still evidences of the initial exhibits, THIRST and CONSUMPTION—from the collapsed table and responses on the walls to the barrel in the center with shredded paper pouring out of it. Underneath the overflow of paper, there is fabric from CONSUMPTION and under the fabric, sand anchors the barrel from THIRST.
The masks laying on the table represent what individuals hide behind in their lives due to fear.
“Seemingly simple objects can have a lot of impact when they are in a certain space,” said Adrienne Ausdenmoore, associate director of ArtStreet. Simply looking at the small paper airplanes that hang daintily from the ceiling wouldn’t evoke the “fight or flight” response without the other real, revealed fears filling the space.
Although all the installations are linked together, FEAR is an experience in itself and viewing of the previous exhibits is not vital to the true experience.
FEAR will not begin to transition into UPHEAVAL until early December in the White Box Gallery at ArtStreet.
FEAR can be viewed in the White Box Gallery between 8 a.m. and midnight Monday-Friday, and from noon until midnight on Saturday and Sunday. The White Box Gallery is closed during holiday breaks and intercessions.
Photo of FEAR by Missy Finnegan.