This week an artist by the name of Nathan Lewis caught my attention with his awesome artwork on the skateboards. Before I was able to afford a car, skateboards were my form of transportation. So instantly I noticed the decks hanging up in the Max L. Gatov East Gallery. At first I didn’t really know what the designs represented so I read the artist information posted next to the boards. It said that Nathan grew up with a passion for art and design. It also had another message in sort of a poem format. This message, in my interpretation, is saying that the closest man can come to understanding immortality will be when they create something beautiful through hard work. At first I didn’t understand how this passage was connected to the artwork. But after reading it over and over again I finally understood. The artist is trying to explain to the audience that he is happy with his creation and design. This masterpiece that he created has given him that feeling of understanding what a mortal will never know. Overall the artwork was extremely neat and the skateboards attracted me to this piece but in the end it was the message that connected me to the artist.
This weeks art work was in the Max L. Gatov Gallery East and is done by Nolan Reiter. It is a silk screened art poster that caught my eye because I love the color green. So when I first glanced around the art show this was the first one I walked up to. As I examined the poster closer I noticed that I have seen this logo, of a semi-bald man winking, before on the Internet. But I still decided to read the insert next to the poster. After I was done I realized that I love this piece more because of the authors experience more than the poster itself. Don’t get me wrong, the logo itself with the great mixture of green and blue would make an awesome shirt but it was the insert that made this my art work of the week. Here is a picture of the authors insert:
After reading this it made me think a lot about myself. I am from a traditional Indian family and I fall in that category of children who have to repay their parents for all expenses. But that doesn’t mean my parents are keeping tabs that say I owe them a certain amount of money in dollars. It’s more of a traditional respect for your parents that we are taught at a young age. Plus it involves arranged marriages and other religious beliefs that are bestowed upon us throughout our childhood. As I was thinking about how this insert had moved me, I made my way outside to speak with the artist. This week the artist, Nolan Reiter, was present and able to answer some questions for me. First I asked him if he had drawn all the images that he screen printed over. Nolan informed me that most of them are his drawing with the exception of a few, including the image that I have chosen. He found his inspiration through extensive research and exploration of lesser-known communities around us. Most people don’t pay much attention to the world around them but I found it intriguing that Nolan went out of his way to do research and have conversations with various individuals to understand the differences between America and other foreign lands. I feel that there are not many ways to interest other people in this subject because most people are too lazy to do research and others just don’t care. But Nolan’s series of vibrant colored silkscreen art posters respectfully present this wealth of information to all the viewers. It’s great how the colors on these posters help draw in the viewer and the insert helps pass along the information. For me this experience was mind blowing because I realized that I can get people’s attention on the subject of foreign lands through multimedia versus trying to serve information through a speech or a class in school. If we were all just a little bit more open minded then maybe we would be able to process such information like Nolan does and then present it to the world.