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Fine Arts Notebook: All eyes on visiting artists
Art and music showcase talents of visiting artists  

Sep 16, 2009  
By Samantha Fink and Amy Wells  

"DeWitt Godfrey: Drawings"

Visiting artist DeWitt Godfrey gives a new meaning to the art exhibit by focusing on the process of making art in his current showing at the Ohio University Art Gallery.

Godfrey, associate professor of sculpture and director of the Institute of Creative and Performing Arts at Colgate University in New York, is best known for his large, abstract sculptures of circular, weathered steel that draw from his training as an architect. But for this exhibit, Godfrey changes directions and shows the process behind his structures.

"I have seen DeWitt's work and was interested in bringing him and his work to the galleries," said Petra Kralickova, curator of the Kennedy Museum of Art. "In keeping with the missions of Ohio University's galleries, it's important to bring art to the region that can not otherwise be seen or found unless you travel to a larger city such as Columbus or Cleveland."

His conceptual renderings not only show his architectural background, but also portray the link between form and context that includes the material, process, place and collaboration that go into one of his sculptures. The drawings on display include Godfrey's sketch titled "Exchange (Greenwich South Proposal)" of his well-known stacked spherical designs in New York City's Greenwich Village. Viewers get a sense of its enormous scale because cars are depicted driving through it.

"These preparatory drawings help the artist better realize the project and think about the scale, material, funding, viewers, environment among other aspects," Kralickova said.

Included in the exhibit are drawings and a folio of work correlated to an upcoming installation at The Ridges, just next to the Kennedy Museum of Art. That installation will be completed in May 2011. 

The exhibit also includes graphite drawings of blocks, showing the artist's signature style and message on how shapes can fit together to create something lucid.

The Ohio University Art Gallery is located on the fourth floor of Seigfred Hall. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free. Visit www.finearts.ohio.edu/art for more information.

"L'Histoire du Soldat"

The Marshall Chamber Players, comprising Marshall University music faculty, will visit Ohio University to perform Stravinsky's famous "L'Histoire du Soldat" ("The Soldier's Tale") at 4 p.m. Sunday at the School of Music Recital Hall in Glidden Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The piece, composed in 1918 during World War I, tells the story of a soldier coming home from war, who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that knows the future of the economy -- something that many people wish they could obtain even 90 years later.

"It's really completely different from the work Stravinsky was writing at the time," said Michael Parkinson, director of the School of Music. "With the influence of the war, he didn't write the huge works he is so known for because many musicians had been enlisted."

Because so few musicians were available, each part includes only one instrument, meaning only the most talented musicians would be able to perform its difficult score that encompasses multiple genres.

"It includes elements of ragtime, early jazz and classical -- it almost sounds like the folk music of a 'town band' that gets together just for the joy of playing music," Parkinson said.

Meant to be a theatrical work, it includes narration and is told by three characters: the soldier, the devil and the narrator, all played by faulty members from Marshall University.

"It's such a great way to start the year with such a great concert. There's a lot of sarcasm and memorable melodies in the piece and people should be prepared to laugh throughout the performance," Parkinson said.

Don't miss these other arts events:

  • Internationally known artist Mark Dion will shine his spotlight on the collections from both Ohio University and Athens community members at the Kennedy Museum of Art in the exhibit "Collections Collected: The University Collects and Athens Collects Miniatures" running from Sept. 24 to Nov. 29. An opening reception with the artist will be held at the Kennedy Museum of Art from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. For more information, visit ohio.edu/museum.

  • As part of the university's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Multicultural Center is hosting a selection of woodblock prints created by the Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca (ASARO), a collective of young Mexican artists, in a new exhibit on display through Oct. 9 in its gallery on the second floor of Baker University Center. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/culturalcenter/.



Related Links
Arts for Ohio:  http://www.finearts.ohio.edu/artsforohio/ 

Published: Sep 16, 2009 8:31 AM  

DeWitt Godfrey art  
Visiting Artist DeWitt Godfrey uses drawings and photographs to show his work's progression from concept to completed sculpture.  


Photo(s) courtesy of the School of Art  

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