Didactic Revolvers

2013 ArtPrize Entry
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“Didactic Revolvers” is a collaboration by Vicki VanAmeyden and ten Kellogg Community College students. In conjunction with a Museum Field Study course, “Didactic Revolvers” is a visual record of our shared experience of Art in the Midwest. It is a journey creating a art work that eclipses the work of art itself. We visit art museums to be entertained, transported, enlightened. The anti-aesthetic, didactic information—gallery tags, artist and curatorial statements, interpretive text—helps us to locate meaning, link us to social and cultural context. This information also has the power to engage memory and imagination. Consider the mention of “Stonehenge” or “Mona Lisa”. The multilayered imagery in “Didactic Revolvers” allows for alternative readings as the viewer moves, as the images shift and spin freely. The semi-transparent material traces the fog of history, memory, creativity and intuition—sensations that never return the same way twice. Project funded by KCC Foundation.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: variable
  • Medium: Photography
  • Width: variable
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: variable

Venue & Connection Information

Using black and white photographic imagery, “Didactic Revolvers” is a lightweight, semi-transparent sculpture installation. The work is to be suspended from the ceiling by cable and hooks. It consists of four ‘revolvers’, 96”h x 72”w x 72”d each. By design, the installation is variable. The total height, width and proximity can vary to accommodate specific spaces. Each of the ‘revolvers’ has three sections, 30”h x 72”w x 72”d each, that spiral 180º independent from the other two. Metal cable and swivel mechanisms connect the sections. Each of the sections is further subdivided into 4 units: 30” x 36” each. Each unit contains two semi-transparent, photographic collage images arranged back-to-back into a banner display. All three of these units are connected at the top, in the center, to form one section. Please review the concept drawings for clarification.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: Yes
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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