The Collage – the art exhibition in Dana Gallery has been passed for a while now. The things that I still clearly remember were the clay sculpture and the amazing songs performed by a circle of smart women from Agnes Scott. Though in totally different art form, both of them gave me deep impressions. I guess the reason why so is that I saw both of them as the art of composing harmony through distinct individuals.
The small chorus performed at beginning of the reception was made up of about ten individuals; each of them played a distinct voice: one lead, several different parts, and group humming. I was amazed at how harmonious it sounded when all these variations organically formed a system the same time each of them became a part of the whole. The beauty of ensemble is the cooperation and compromise made by the individuals to make it more than the sum of all the individuals.
Same as the chorus, the clay sculpture in the picture above also shows the spirit of composing harmony. I was obsessed with this artwork at the first sight. I asked Cecilia if she knew how it was made into this particular form. It looked so complicated that it seemed impossible for it to have a mold. She said that these different cups, pots or jars were made individually. Before they were hardened, the artist smashed one into another in a thoughtful way. Then, with further refinement, the connections between cups were smoothed and polished, which made it look like a wholeness instead of individual cups.
The explanation totally made sense, even though I didn’t know whether it was true that this sculpture was made in this way. In this artwork, the highest cup and the bottom bowl corresponded to each other, like the alto and the soprano corresponded to each other in the singing. The protruding angles of the cups and the jars were like the feature voice of the lead or of a particular part in the chorus, which added a certain personality to the harmony. The way that the light fell on this artwork was amazing, too. Some parts reflected the light while some part hided itself, as one voice fell and another rose in the ensemble.
I was also very attracted to the artwork on the ground outside the building. I loved the way that the paper cranes of different colors were composed. The variation of the thickness and density in this artwork told me so much about its creative form, which was more than a simple collection of paper cranes. The way that individuals worked together was inspiring. Once those dead parts came together, they became alive.
The proportion of the parts, the color changing, and brightness and the darkness – they all work together to make the picture as a whole. I appreciated the way the artists deal with these aspects in their work, and how their work moved the audience.
I don’t know what the original spirit of collage is, but through this exhibition, I recognized my own understanding and definition of putting things together. To me, I love the artwork that is a harmonious combination of distinct parts, and gives out inspiration of its creativeness and remarkableness.