| Architecture Studies Library
September 29, 2008 by The Rebel Yell
Architecture. The word incites visions of straight lines, Grecian columns, blueprints and buildings. However, these images are not what dominate the school of architecture’s student art show this year.
Tucked away in a far corner of campus, the architectural studies library now boasts colorful paintings, watercolors and digital photographs in its main exhibit.
This is the second year of the art show. Architecture student Anna Ball derived the idea from the faculty art show held by the same library. Architecture students received news of lthe contest last spring and had the summer to prepare. Works were submitted electronically to three judges: Jeanne Brown, head of the Architecture Studies Library; Anna Ball; and another student judge.
Not all works were accepted, as the judges were looking for diverse perspectives, evaluation of skills and a variety of media.
“The amount of entries more than doubled this year,” Ball said. But the accepted works display the artistic abilities as well as the diversity of architecture students.
Coming from distinct backgrounds, different countries and individual concepts of architecture – ranging from interior design to landscape architecture – the one thing the students do have in common is their vivacious passion for architecture and art.
The architecture major is notorious for its extensive workload. A fourth year architecture student, Ryan Hong, said he devoted countless hours to his studies.
“It’s very painful at times,” Hong said.
“I’ve come to the architecture studio on a Sunday afternoon and stayed until Thursday – leaving only to eat and getting very little sleep.”
Hong said he doesn’t spend as much time on his art as he’d like to, but described art as a welcomed break. To Hong, art is “not whether or not you can do it, it’s whether or not you like doing it.” He approaches his architecture in the same way he does his art, stating that the workload “is as much effort as one puts in it. ”
Luke Doubravsky, a graduate student, said he chose architecture because his “heart dictated it,” despite the long hours of study required for a degree in architecture.
“It’s never-ending,” Doubravsky said. “You have to artificially say, ‘That’s it,’ even if it feels like it’s not done.”
“It’s not like some muse kisses me and I can paint,” Doubravsky said about being an artist. “This is a developed skill.”
A skill, he said, that takes a certain frame of mind to recognize the patterns of thinking.
“There are incredible analogies between architecture, visual arts and playing music,” he said, acknowledging his experiences as an artist and musician (he plays piano and trumpet) enhance his architectural skills.
However not everyone in the school feels overwhelmed by the coursework.
Landon Davidson, a fourth year architecture student, is studying landscaping.
“Architecture [may] seem like a big workload, but once you get into it, it becomes second nature,” he said.
Davidson continued to emphasize the correlation between art and architecture. “You don’t have to be artistic to be an architecture student, but artistic people tend to have better work.”
While everything in landscaping is straightforward, he said, the contrasting art show give him a creative outlet.
“Another cool thing about the show is your work can also be sold,” Davidson said. There is no set price for the art, but keen individuals are free to make offers.
Artists, including creator Ball, agree that architecture is functional art.
The student art show is an event open to everyone on campus, to show them architecture isn’t only about buildings – the field can also frame the mind for other creative works.
“As a library, we’re interested in creating a space where students can interact with each other,” said Jeanne Brown, head of the Architectural Studies Library.
“The student art show lets them see their fellow students in a different light.”
Art, architecture and the exhibit were summed up by Hong. “It feels good to see your work up. I’m really happy the way that architecture and art has changed me, I couldn’t imagine how I’d look at the world if I didn’t have both.”
The student art show is free and open to the public until Oct. 20. It’s located in the Architectural Studies Library in the Paul B. Sogg Architecture Building.
You can also view more artwork online at library: unlv.edu/arch/events/sasfall2008/.
From Rebel Yell: http://unlvrebelyell.com/2008/09/29/re-envisioning-the-world-through-structures-and-art/
Article accessed 12/04/2008.