Exhibit dissects technology
Posted Oct. 12, 2007

Jordan Litke
Staff Writer

Susana Reisman’s “Disk Inventory,” exhibited in the Tall Wall Space located in the Arts and Communications building, has peaked students’ interest as they try to figure out what exactly it is.

The gray portion of Reisman’s piece represents her computer’s hard drive.

Protruding from the hard drive are pictures of what is within the hard drive, which is the actual essence and beauty that gives the technology “color.”

These images give a burst of life to the all gray piece mounted on the wall.

A reception was held Tuesday to debut the piece and provide information and clarity on the exhibit that will be on display until Dec. 2.

“I’m not very artsy, so I don’t really get it,” sophomore psychology major Cathy Zech said.

For students with no background or interest in art, the piece is, perhaps, too abstract and not easily definable.

The piece is modern and definitely gives a contemporary feel that is not easy to interpret by the untrained eye.

Many people diversified their angles of the piece by moving from the rafters to the floor trying to find what is “special” about it.

Greg Estevez, a senior art major has spent a few days trying to get “lost” in the piece.

“The piece says a lot, but isn’t attention grabbing,” Estevez said.

Compared to other contemporary art, Estevez ranked “Disk Inventory” somewhere in the middle.

Some students with other artistic interests were not impressed with the piece, but were able to appreciate the creativity Reisman portrays in her work.

“Its fascinating what she’s trying to convey,” senior sociology major Destiny Verdugo said.

Verdugo said she has more of an interest in antiquities art and cannot completely understand the abstract and modern nature of the piece.

At first glance she said she could not appreciate the exhibit.

However, after a while of observation and discussion, Verdugo said she was able to see the art in the piece even though it is much different than what she usually considers to be a work of art.

Contrarily, Michael Gutierrez, a senior photo and art history major was able to see a concept being portrayed in the piece that spoke to him.

“No matter how far you get away from nature you have to get a sense it’s around you,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez was referring to the images chosen by the artists to be coming out of the hard drive.

Reisman has ocean montages scattered on one of the rectangle portions that are erected from the gray hard drive.

She also has splashes of nature coming out of technology, and according to Gutierrez, people cannot live without recognizing nature, which came before technology.

Reisman uses digitized pieces to display her artwork and the process it takes within her hard drive to make a masterpiece.

Senior art and psychology major Silvia Guerra said the color and objects pulled out of the hard drive were the best parts of the piece.

Guerra said she felt it was very visually pleasing and she had to learn, like Verdugo, to appreciate it.

Some students were impressed and some students did not necessarily hate the piece, but would not choose to put something of its sort in their homes.

For ULV students with no basic knowledge in contemporary art, “Disk Inventory” leaves them wondering.

However, the art connoisseurs of ULV were able to appreciate the creativity and uniqueness of the artist whether they had a primary interest in art or not.

Jordan Litke can be reached at jlitke@ulv.edu.

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