Art Experience: Jeffrey Page’s AIR Exhibition @ Red Barn

Jeffrey Page’s artwork was unique with how he placed objects on canvases’ and how he incorporated many personal events through his artwork pieces.

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When I enter the exhibition, this piece stole the light as it laid in the smack middle of all other pieces and dominated with its proportion. When I first saw it, it looked like a simple drop off of “a b o u t” words to hold down the plastic but later I saw this image up close and noticed how it was a huge bowtie

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His use of bowties is what caught my attention the most out of the whole exhibit. In this piece, he uses a quote from one of Rauschenberg’s readings. When asked why a bowtie, he referred to how a bowtie is symbolic of declaring something as a ‘finished piece’, almost like the documenting of a piece itself! I found this to be an interesting way of displaying his own artwork while also appreciating the influence others have had on him. The bowtie itself has a deeper connotation that just being a ‘finished product’ as can be seen in the following piece.

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This piece is very interesting and personal to Jeffrey. Throughout the whole exhibition, there are various art pieces that have a bowties in them. Jeffrey told us that the bowties are symbolic to showing when something is done, a finished product. Going back to the paperwork on the wall, Jeffrey mentioned to us that these are the analysis papers that were given to him after being diagnosed thyroid cancer. The symbolism of this piece is very personal and compliments the whole exhibition due to how a bow tie is placed right over the person’s thyroid. This piece has a double connotation that is unrecognizable until speaking with he artist himself. I found this to be the most interesting way of displaying art because it incorporated all other art pieces and explains why they’re so symbolic in their own ways.

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In this piece, we see Jeffrey applying his personal life to the artwork himself by literally shredding his art thesis and placing it as a back layer that fills the gaps of his artwork in between the wall. This is an interesting approach to displaying his piece because one side of the piece mounts on the wall without the thesis while the other is enforced by his shredded thesis behind it. This may have been symbolic to how his post-graduate work has involved in comparison to a simulated prior-graduate work on the left. I personally forgot to ask this question to Jeff but he did mention that many of his pieces devote appreciation to Robert Rauschenberg’s influence over Jeff’s own artwork.

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What interested me most out of this picture is how the elements on the canvas are overrated in a 3 dimensional fashion. Jeffrey Page plays around with our conception of canvas paintings due to how paintings are complex layers of colors to create an image. Though the image is not tangible it is visually appealing if a natural form is created. In this case of the painting, our perception of canvas paintings is brought to life by using elements that are actually tangible to narrate the whole canvas. The use of another hinge lock over the blue shirt on the canvas tells us a lot of what Jeffrey was trying to convey as he attempts keeping the elements close to the canvas rather than letting them swing over it. In contrast to this, Jeffrey also applies another dress shirt on the bottom of the canvas which violates the whole pattern of this canvas by hanging off its bottom edge. The use of the blue painting underneath the lower edge dress shirt also creates another effect that is nearly symmetrical to the blue shirt on top. The use of shapes is also applied onto this painting with triangles being the dominant shape of the piece.

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