Artist: Alice Andreini
Exhibition: No-Man’s Land
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov East
Alice Andreini is a CSULB graduate student who is working toward her MFA in the School of Art’s Drawing and Painting Program. Some of her interests include hiking, attending galleries, and reading poetry. One of her favorite authors is Virgina Woolf. Some of her ideas that her work explores is focusing and thinking about constructs that we have in the world such as architecture and how they are imposed upon society.
Formal Analysis: In terms of the formal qualities of the exhibit it features mostly canvas pieces with different colored paints on them. The sizes of the canvas however range from a few that were small sizes to some that were very large, almost taking up most of the wall it was hanging on. The lines in each piece vary but most have lines that make many squares. Some of the lines in the pieces are also either straight or are curved. The shapes that these pieces feature are many squares and circles throughout each unique piece. The square shapes and lines stand out by the darker colors that are used for them. The colors in each piece are very vibrant and colorful. From purples and blues to bright yellows and reds, each piece uses lighter colors in the background, so that the bolder and darker colored lines and shapes stand out in the piece. The rhythm in each piece various because of the way the lines are placed randomly in some, but in other pieces they work together to form what looks like either a landscape or a building structure. In some of the pieces that Andreini has in the exhibit, they appear to be undulating. Although the pieces feature straight lines and appear like architecture, the lines and shapes move in a wave like motion either to one side or they are curved.
Content Analysis: In terms of the ideas behind this exhibit, it focuses on the constructs that we have in the world. When I was speaking to Andreini, she wanted to make it clear that we tend to live the world seeing architecture such as buildings and other structures as just part of the nature of our world. But in reality, these buildings that we have all around us are artificial and were not always there. Andreini also wanted to capture in her pieces the idea that nature is not just a place, but is featured with various symbols. The pieces represent what it is beneath the structural surface of many places we have in our society. She wants us to question our perception of these structures and to see what is underneath them all or what is imposed by them. The pieces relate back to capitalism in America and also the idealism we have in many of the structures in our surroundings. They tend to hide histories or information that is blocked off through this utopian and aesthetic looking architectural structures. Andreini also wanted to show in her pieces how the buildings and places such as golf courses underneath are typically static or focus on this idea of romanticism. She wanted to ultimately demonstrate that these places depicted in the pieces are constructs whose machinery needs to be uncovered underneath to understand what it is trying to show us on the outside.
Synthesis/My Experience: In terms of the overall exhibit and how it resonated with me, I believe that it helped me gain a new perspective of the world around me. In my personal life I don’t tend to see building structures and golf courses as anything but man made. But in reality these places are constructs that we have made because of society. I believe that her ideas have helped me understand that many of theses constructs are just a cover for something more. Previously I had never imagined that something that seems simple such as a building can bring about ideas such as romanticism, idealism, or utopianism. I think the ideas that she presents provide a new way for me to understand that even buildings can reveal much more than just an aesthetic image.