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Laura Gelfand

I thought that this piece was really interesting. The inclusion of the video was really helpful in making certain associations between the real person in the video and the person in the foreground in the diorama. I thought that the use of the natural trees and branches had a really cool effect. When I was standing in front of the piece, I really felt almost as though I was outdoors, but then the video installation reminded me that I was not. I also liked the use of the natural branches, tree trunk etc. in combination with the video which is not natural and is technological. I thought that maybe we were supposed to draw some comparisons between the highly technological video of the man and the man dressed in the same attire in the more natural seeming diorama.
-LG

Jordan Pianin

I thought this piece was one of the most interesting and compelling pieces of art I have ever seen. The diorama was beautifully crafted, and I thought it was especially interesting to watch the man essentially "come to life" on video and braid the ropes he was holding. The split screen on the video really helped me to imagine what the man was actually doing with all of his materials. The use of double media really made the character come to life. I definitely felt I was a part of this scene. I liked how the diorama and video left a great deal to the imagination, but I would have liked to see a title on this piece. JP

melissa gilbert

This piece was definetely the most abstract and interesting work of art in the gallery. It grabbed my attention right away because the size of the diorama was so large. It took me a few moments to observe and take in the piece because there was so much going on within and around the diorama. At first it just looked like a man holding a very long stick pieced together and then when you looked behind the diorama you were able to see the work that went into making that long stick and the man who made it. The video aspect of the diorama was most interesting because it told a story of how this diorama was created.

Melissa gilbert

just to add on to my comment above, I wanted to also say that I thought it was very interesting that the video had close ups of the hands working on crafting the branches together. It made observers appreciate the ability of craftsmenship and the hard work put into creating this piece
-MG

RSF

I thought that this piece of artwork was extremely interesting. it felt very real to me especially in the setting of the exhitibit itself. I also like the natural side to things as well as the feel that the diorama matched up perfectly to the video. I definetly felt like I was actually in the woods, especially with the sound effects that you included.

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Artists


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