NORTHWEST ART CENTER EXHIBIT EXPLORES TEXT AND LOGOS
Minot State University art students Danielle Bolinske and Tara Thiel will present their joint senior capstone exhibition, “eems-Say inda-Kay amiliar-Fay,” June 1 through 26, 2015 in the Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery, MSU. Opening reception will be Thursday, June 4 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the library gallery. The exhibition will feature the artists’ reinterpretation of text and logos, representative of both familiar sights and past memories.
A Minot native, Bolinske is a graphic design major. Her work focuses on the ability of the human psyche to view seemingly abstract images and recognize them as a small part of a familiar whole, even when they have been stripped of color and context. Bolinske seeks to determine how much of the iconic information normally considered essential to a logo can be cropped from it before it becomes entirely indiscernible.
“People’s minds are wonderful things and are capable of so much,” says Bolinske. “I am interested in observing viewers’ reactions, and hope that they will test themselves by making it a game to figure out which logo is pictured.”
A Georgia native and current Rugby resident, Thiel was inspired by the well-known clichés “the pen is mightier than the sword” and “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Thiel offers her personal interpretation of books in pictorial form, but invites viewers to add to or alter their perceptions of the works through still-visible portions of the original written text.
“I wanted to deconstruct the traditional form of a book and re-contextualize it in a three-dimensional narrative,” says Thiel. She describes her work as “an exploration of the mind’s eye as it reads and visualizes the written word.”
The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Parking on the MSU campus is unrestricted after 5 p.m.
This project is funded in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about Northwest Art Center activities, call 701-858-3264.
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