New OUAG exhibit links past with present

This fall, the Oakland University Art Gallery will offer an exhibition commemorating ten years of art at the gallery.

The exhibit runs from Sept. 11 to Oct. 17.

The “10 Years of Contemporary Art” exhibit will feature work from 20 different artists who have been showcased in different exhibits during the past 10 years. The gallery became a part of the OU Art and Art History department in 2000.

“The idea of this exhibition is to celebrate that we’ve been here for 10 years and we’re likely to be here a lot longer,” Dick Goody, associate professor of art and director of the gallery, said.

Each artist will have an original piece from the first exhibit their work was featured in at the gallery, as well as a more recent piece. They have each provided a description of the changes their work has undergone over the years.

A variety of media types are included in the show, including paintings, sculpture and digital media.

“If art is reflexive and reflective of culture, I thought, ‘Let’s make the show illustrative of that,'” Goody said. “Ultimately it’s a balancing act.”

Many of the pieces are political, including a video project by Christian Tedeschi entitled “White Flight,” that he captured by attaching a camera to his pickup truck during a drive from Pontiac to Detroit.

Another one of Tedeschi’s pieces details a drive down Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, where he now lives, from a camera attached to a hubcap.

On one wall, a large piece resembling a ladder hangs. On each step of the ladder is a phrase involving the words “sometimes” and “desire.” Next to this piece hangs two smaller, less blatant pieces.

“That’s what makes it so difficult to hang an exhibition like this,” Goody said. “You have something as boisterous as this next to something much less obvious. It speaks to the plurality of contemporary art.”

Other pieces in the gallery include a video project of a field shot with only one frame per second rather than the usual 30 frames per second of a video and a “Children’s Survival Chariot” that is packed with items a child would need in case of a disaster of nuclear proportions.

A preview with champagne and hors d’oeuvres is scheduled from 5–7 p.m. on Sept. 11. Tickets are $60 for singles and $100 for couples. The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7–9 p.m.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon–5 p.m., as well as during Meadowbrook performances.

“This show is pretty exciting,” Goody said. “It’s a real cross-section and time capsule of what we’ve done these past 10 years. There are paintings, conceptual work, time-based work, really something for everyone. It’s very encyclopedic in that respect.”