Friday, August 23, 2013

Surprise Art Finding

Well the big news is I'm going back to school.  After 30 years of being out of college I decided to take a college course this fall to learn something new for work. I'm a bit nervous...  Not sure about keeping up with all those young ones!  And it has been so long since I've had homework and tests!  The class is only one night a week, but 3 hours long.  Will I fall asleep after working all day?!!   I went today to pick up my text book and check out where my classroom will be.   The few times I've been in the building this month, it doesn't matter what door I go into, I never find it to get back out!  Last thing I wanted was to be trying to find a way out and my car at 10:00 at night!

So I figured out my route today, but the big surprise was some awesome pictures hanging on the wall between the old part of the building and the new technology building!  The depth isn't large, but they have this really awesome 3D look.  I snapped some pics, but of course pictures don't capture the 3D effect.  Enjoy!   I've also included some information on the artist and this collection below. 

Passages by Steve Waldeck
“Passages” is an interactive artwork that features images combined with sound and music composed by Peter Gena. The work consists of a series of 16 three-dimensional wall-hung imagry units located in the link between the Library Atrium and the Technology Building at the Grayslake campus. The spacing between the units varies accordingly in proportion to the their widths. The subject matter is an actual American gothic farmhouse and its surrounding environment that stood until recently in Lake County, Illinois. This homage, installed at the College of Lake County, consists of small glimpses of a single reality, filling a corridor that is 96 feet in length. Passages uses actual photographic processes, as well as bas-relief forms, painting, lighting, motion and sound to create a convincing realistic presence. The series of the farmhouse interior is presented on one side of the corridor, while the exterior views cross to the opposite side.

In the artist’s statement, Steve Waldeck wrote that “Passages conceptually evolved from my 35 years spent here in northern Illinois. It is during the course of this time that I have learned to appreciate the passing beauty of this farm-rich heartland. Grayslake, the home of the College of Lake County, has been part of this classic transition from farmland. This piece is inspired by this passage. Parts of this piece are an actual representation of a local site, just a few miles from the college campus.”

12 comments from wonderful readers:

Lori said...

Wow! That is so cool! It really does look 3d even in photos!!
Good luck with your class. I'm sure you'll do wonderfully. It's good to keep learning and growing.

WoolenSails said...

Those are really unique pieces and nice to walk along that hallway. Good luck with your classes. I always liked the longer classes and they usually give you a break in between, coffee always helps;)


Karen said...

I second what Lori said....WOW...those are beautiful.

Michelle said...

Wow.....alright !!
I could stand there all day and look at them.

antique quilter said...

congrats on going back to school, you will do great I am sure of it.
fun art pictures, wow.

Holly @ Hello Audrey Ruth said...

Cool pictures mom! I always parked by the auditorium where we had dance recitals. That way if I ever got lost I just had to follow signs for that :) when does school start?

paulette said...

It will be like riding a you never left those classrooms!! Think of how young you will feel! :o)) Good luck!

Libby said...

Great art! Good luck with your studies.

Brenda said...

Best wishes as you head back to class. I went back for a mid-life MA and re-aligned my life to include papers and presentations. It's actually quite exhilarating and I'm sure you'll do fine.

Elaine Adair said...

Congratulations on your decision!! You will do well, I can almost guarantee it. You won't fall asleep because you are so energized! Enjoy!!!

I returned to college when I was 54 - employer helped $$$, and graduated 3 years later, Cum Laude!!! It was all EASY for me (except Adv. Algebra!) becaue I WANTED to learn. -- didn't want to at 19. 8-(((

Anonymous said...

It's neat you have courage to return to school. Best of luck!

fiberobsession said...

Congratulations on going back to school. My friend was 50 when she decided to become a nurse. She did it and is a marvelous nurse. You, too, can do it!

The pics are amazing. I'd love to see them in person.