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Every year duPont Manual High School’s Visual Arts (V.A.) magnet produces multiple art galleries to show off that year’s senior works of art. Here the gallery displays a collection of their best pieces. This years’ first art show was “Circadian Rhythm” which was held in early to mid November and located on the first floor in the V.A. wing of the building. The art show is free to visit. In addition, a viewer will leave with a great appreciation for the imagination and hard work put into these pieces by the seniors.
The first thing one notices when walking into the gallery is the interactive “Pendulum Waves” found in the middle of the room. Weights suspended at the same heights by varied lengths of string provide for a wave like illusion of the weights when they are all released in unison. Hints Circadian “Rhythm.” This art show consists of works from seniors: Paul Dafour, Zachary Meeks-Steiger, Madison Koczo, Alice Jang, Kate Breitenstein, Emily Woodruff, Megan Hynes, Sarah Fischer, and Moriah Mudd-Kelly. There is no set tone or exact theme among all the pieces however the students do try to put up pieces that may share some of the same aspects such as the media or maybe even the color choices used.
Throughout the gallery, one can find multiple forms of media from simple watercolors or to oil painting or even permanent marker and charcoal spread across cardboard to convey “Masked Crusader” by senior Emily Woodruff. This was one of the few black and white pieces within the gallery however it stood out among the others to many of the viewers. In this piece there is a lot of movement. Where the eye starts to where the eye stops. One begins with the most stand-out part of the piece, the girl; following that, the larger graffiti will catch the eye until one finds themselves examining the even finer graffiti and the even smaller details within the picture. Along with the many intere Like sting pieces within the gallery, there also a lot of relatable pieces that has to do with a family “figure” as the subject or even a room in the house.
Paul Dafour’s “Time-Space Family Room.” This is another black and white piece however it was still attractive and stood out. It is made strictly out of black lines of pen and ink that form furniture and other parts of a living room. A wide variety of lines unveil this living space, from thin curved ones, to thick straight ones. The movement within this piece can be a little confusing as the eye can have trouble going from one aspect to the next. However its uniqueness is what really sets it apart from other art works within the gallery.
In conclusion one will be stunned at the effort put forth by the V.A. seniors and will leave the gallery with a new respect for youthful art work. Although the seniors may not have the same experience as older artist, they make up for with enthusiasm and creativity that can often be lost over time. Not only will a visitor leave with that new respect but also with some insight on the emotions and thoughts running through the young artists’ heads expressed through multiple medias for art fans to enjoy.