Barbara Swan's Art Exhibit: What Does It Mean?

Barbara Swan's Art Exhibit: What Does It Mean?

I’m certainly not an art aficionado in any sense of the word. Music as an art-form? Love it. Writing and literature? Love it even more. But my appreciation for painting and sculptures is limited to mostly, “Whoa, that one looks really cool” and “Look at all the colors!” This doesn’t mean that I don’t respect the immense amount of effort that artists put into their paintings, or the ludicrous amount of creative and visionary talent that they possess. After all, it’s a skill that I will most likely never attain.

Despite my overwhelming amateur-status in regards to observing and interpreting Michelangelo, Picasso, Monet, and Van Gogh, I can say with confidence that I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit hosted by the UNH Museum at The Paul Creative Art Center this past week. The event was free to attend, and not only were there two (count ’em, TWO) full tables of crackers, cheese, pepperoni, and punch, but the staff members were more than happy to attempt to explain the “expressionism portrayed in the reflective water”.  Sadly, I failed at grasping any hidden motifs or themes within the artwork itself, but her mind-bending use of glass, reflections, and the fragility of perspective were enough to satiate my interests.

Swan,  a contemporary painter, hosted her first solo show in 1953, and her work has since been displayed in prestigious museums and exhibits all over the country.

Some of my favorite paintings from the exhibit include: “Brown Stripes and Shell” (1973), “Pierre” (1951), and “Summer Self Portrait”. All three paintings feature significantly different styles, incorporating a wide array of colors and techniques. Any further analysis would be futile, as your interpretation is as good as mine. Needless to say, it can be objectively stated with confidence that her art most certainly was beautiful to behold. Whether or not that statement stands the test among “experts” is yet to be determined, but I certainly enjoyed the visually stimulating aspect of the show, and I’m sure you would too.

Today (the 31st), at noon, in room A219 in the PCAC,  the faculty will be hosting a film called “Change,” which addresses the challenges that an artist must face in an ever-evolving world.

And on November 8th, students in the department of Theater and Dance will be showcasing “Perpetual Motion” – an interpretation of of the sculptural work by New Hampshire artist Gary Smith.

Happy Halloween everyone!