Commentary: “What’s around the corner …”

Nice work here from two Barrick volunteers, Eric Desantigo and Shelly Volsche. All of the photographs can be credited to Eric and all of the written responses are Shelly’s.

Ceiling and walls

What’s around the corner?

Follow the path of your mind within this space. Ask yourself what the line is shining on? What’s behind the wall? Think about how we interact within spaces, corners, and walls within our worlds … and within our minds.


Life intersects among the shades of gray.

In our fast paced world, we are often asked to make snap decisions based upon black and white information. Do you see the subtleties in your world? Notice how the wall changes color amongst the shadows and light. Think of the metaphor of thought and physical environment.

directly upwards

Same but different.

Is this one space or two? Our life often hands us repeat situations that provide opportunities to learn, grow, and change. While the pattern of the tiles repeats, subtle interjections of light and architecture ask us to consider how each interaction is different, even when the players appear the same.

auditorium chairs

Are you being watched?

We often find ourselves lost in our own worlds, even in public spaces. Spend a moment of awareness to see yourself from another’s point of view. Spend a moment contemplating your interactions within space and time, with others, and with yourself.


Nature and Nurture

Human made and nature made regularly combine in space. Notice the juxtaposition of human ideas running through the complex web of natural growth. Even with the use of natural materials, human impact is noticeable.


How do you spend your time?

This image captures space and time with the depth of the contrails. Take a guess how much time passed between the leaving of each line. Three minutes? Five minutes? Ten? Consider what you accomplish with that time each day … or how you waste it.


Where are you going?

We travel many paths throughout our day, and our lives. A simple set of stairs can ask us to consider many things about the texture of our world. Where are you going? Where have you been? Do you focus on the shadows of your past or the open courtyard of your future?


It’s all perspective

This image contemplates the importance of perspective within our worlds and our lives. What does one see from the other side? There is value in considering another perspective whether solving a problem, finding a resolution with others, or seeking to interact with space in a unique way.


Off the path

So frequently we get focused on getting from point A to point B that we become oblivious to the world around us. This image asks us to contemplate the beauty we may miss if we forget to look beyond our to-do lists and objectives. Consider what experiences exist beyond the concrete.


Space is color and light

Crayons come in a plethora of colors. Piled in a heap, they play with light, shadow, lines, and intersections. As you experience your world, do you notice the colors around you? What shade of red was the pepperoni on your pizza? Was the sky blue or aqua today? Challenge yourself to notice the variety in your world.


Be where you are

Ask yourself to be within the space before you. Do you feel the warmth of the natural light at the doors? The cool of the tile floor? The comfort of the benches? How does this space make you feel?


Is your life handmade?

Consider the repetition and focus required to make a basket. There is a routine, yet variation is inherent due to its handmade origin. Is there art in your routine? Or is your life machine made? Ask yourself to be aware of the differences between textiles and materials in your daily life. What color was the carpet in your last car? What do the chairs in your classroom feel like? Find beauty and flexibility to create small variations within your routine for a handmade life.


Where’s the glass?

This image beautifully blurs the line between indoors and out. Nature meets nurture. Can you see the glass? Or do you feel as though you could simply pass through? We look through glass throughout many times in our day, our life. Ask yourself, “Am I being kept in? Or am I keeping something out?”

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English 101, Approaches to Architecture.


The Braunstein Room and the Exhibition Hall


Students from English 101 will be visiting us over the next few weeks, most of them for the first time, and so — mulling over our architecture exhibition — I think of them approaching the building as a building; I imagine them walking over the car park or through the garden towards us.


p2 behind the gator board


Years ago they would have been coming to a natural history museum. Before that they would have been about to use a gym. With divergent expectations they would have been walking towards the same set of walls and ceiling. Our appearance now is not the appearance that the original architect would have designed for us.


p3 this door


Who was our architect? Off the top of my head I’m not sure. I could look it up. What were the sketches like?


p4 Braunstein and hall again


What did the client say to them?

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Commentary: “It captures a state of vague familiarity …”

Catherine Borg Untitled
Catherine Borg, Untitled, 2013, courtesy of the Nevada Arts Council.

Barrick volunteer Devin Clary writes about Catherine Borg’s Untitled. The artwork is on display in the Barrick until November 26.

It captures a state of vague familiarity; eerie in the sense of a distanced though inherent conceptualization on the very fringes of intuition itself. Distanced in the fact that the at-first-seemingly only significant content is centered and obscured by the speculative role of outsiders’ eyes peering onto photos. Perhaps the borders are the apparent spaces of photos separated at the will of an intrigued person’s reminiscence, again, capturing that feeling, a feeling comparable to those accompanying the experience of the most memorable, vivid, and lucid dreamscape; or a somewhat prophetic Déjà vu. The piece has a subtle sense of eeriness, by default of the positioning of the lighter reflections on the doors, more apparent toward the perceptual proximity of the work, and, in continuity, toward the photo of the darkening hallway, perhaps an allusion to ill-fate or death. This makes the moment the piece captures static, a closed-dimension state of perceptual time frames. It limits the ability of one to explore the curiosity that the work provokes. The Post-it note labeled “pending” is bluntly interrupting some senses of conceptual or intuitional contemplation of the photos, with its reminding of us being constants to time, omitting any and all forms of romanticizing of presented abstractions. It contributes to the fact of how is, relative to how was. The work epitomizes esoteric abstractions rarely spoken of or identified, and the piece remains a concise medium to communicate perceptions that verbal language is rarely able to accurately and precisely convey.

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The 1st Annual Visitor-Made Time Capsule.

Warhol Time Capsule

The time capsule that Ash Ferlito put together has been sitting on its pedestal by the front desk for months. This has given us an idea. Why not invite the Barrick’s visitors to help us build another one? Why not make it an ongoing effort, and add to it every year on the Day of the Dead, when memories of the past are being extracted from their solitude? (We will not ask for any actual deaths.) Why not, in fact, since we are an art museum, point out that Andy Warhol made hundreds of time capsules during his lifetime?

Why not ask for items that are related, somehow, to Andy Warhol?

Why not suggest some possible contributions?

— flowers (“If I had wanted to make a real sex movie I would have filmed, a flower giving birth to another flower” (The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B & Back Again) (1975))

— a clown nose. There is that Christopher Makos photograph of him with a clown nose

— a small pillow for John Giorno to rest on during Sleep (1963).

— models of two people to replace the ones who walked out during the first hour at the premiere of Sleep.

— a contract promising him a TV show. “I want my own show.”

— a dream book. His Mom had a dream book.

— a tiny wig. Something to do with a soup can, or a movie star, or an electric chair. The obvious ideas.

— a fantasy. “With everything changing so fast, you don’t have a chance of finding your fantasy image intact by the time you’re ready for it.”

— something in multiples

— an object in drag as another object. A pencil dressed like a spoon.

— beauty

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