Exhibit examines buzzing
world of bees
Posted March 30, 2007
Lauren Pollard
The Irene Carlson Gallery is showcasing “Queen Bees: Eco-Actions and Collective Organizing” through May 4, featuring various women artists. Junior Nery Magana observes Nancy Macko’s panels, which are excerpts from “The Honeycomb Wall.” Macko’s “The Honeycomb Wall” is the exploration of development of mythology in “bee priestesses” from her images and information on honeybees.

The “Queen Bees: Eco-Actions and Collective Organizing” exhibit displays documentation and photographic artwork of various artists whose goals are to express community and they are politically responsive and ecologically aggressive.

Bees combine their specializations in different areas to make their hives thrive.

Much like these insects, neuroscience has provided evidence that human beings, especially women, are wired to work in groups, and in doing so reward centers in the brain produce the feeling of pleasure.

Eight different artists and collectives display their work in the Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography in Miller Hall.

At first sight, some of the art looks scattered, with various pieces on different ends of the small and narrow gallery.

The artwork varies greatly from one artist to the next, so much that it seems the different pieces are not apart of the same exhibit and a person is left trying to make sense of it all.

“You have to fill in the details,” photography instructor Kevin Holland said.
Even he was confused as to what the message of the exhibit was but he did admire the variations of technique from artist to artist.

There was no description, title, or even the name of the artist under any piece of art which lead to even greater confusion.

It may be possible that the curator did this purposely to create a sense of team work rather than individuality but all it really did was create a sense of displacement.

The pieces varied from collages, photographs to aerial views, and from bright reds to pastel greens.

Some pieces were better and stranger than others. A few of the pieces looked as though they were constructed while under the influence and others looked like they belonged in a grandma’s house.

However, taking a deeper look and reading the pamphlet instilled a greater meaning of the work.

The oil painting was no longer just a gift for grandma, but an acknowledgment that housing developments are destroying the natural beauty of California.

The artist, Nancy Buchanan did this by layering images of housing developments over a scanned oil painting.

Another trio of pictures shows a cornfield in the middle of Los Angeles.
Lauren Bon and her team transformed an old train yard bringing the community a sense of renewal.

Atico 8, a collaboration of three women artists, shows map-based drawings. Different colored strings and pins connect different parts of the world as if to unite us all.

Perhaps one of the most interesting pieces comes from Roya Falahi.
Her two portraits are covered in blood red and the subjects are camouflaged from head to toe, with not a single area of skin showing.

Her goal is to make the viewer question politics and the media, as well as to disorient the viewer.

Another intriguing art piece was a collage of different photographs.

Seen from a distance the pictures painted a landscape of mountains and went from night to twilight to day and back to twilight and night again.

This piece had the potential to be the best if it were not for all the random and scattered objects placed on the photographs.

It lost its beauty because of the clippings of photos, such as a fox, placed above the collage. Instead of adorning the work it destroyed it.

The exhibit wants to make viewers question the importance of working together, the environments and bees.

Admission to the exhibit is free and it is open through May 4, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Ginny Ceballos can be reached at gceballos@ulv.edu.

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