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Exploration in the Hyde Park Art Center

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Stephanie Eck

Give yourself a chance to take time out of the day and appreciate something different. Go on a walk, read an inspirational article, or do as I did and visit an art center!

"Susan Giles: Scenic Overlook" Photo courtesy of Colleen Carrillo

Walk through exhibits, think about the art, think about the artists’ lives. Experience the art and think about experiences. It was a gloomy day when I made it to the Hyde Park Art Center on Sunday, May 3rd. Not the kind of gloomy when the sky is already pouring and induces that sudden charming feeling of wanting to watch a movie, but instead, the kind when the sky is hazy and the drizzles are just enough to pester any plans that would have been peachy with sunshine.

Exploring around during the presentation of Cosmosis, running through August 23rd, I was introduced to the solo exhibition, “Susan Giles: Scenic Overlook,” by the Jackman Goldwasser Resident Artist. Four titanic wooden sculptures, specifically 20 to 25 feet long, protrude within a two-story space, as a representation of observation and the modern-day megalith. The experience: a fine example of artistry physically asserting itself to the visitor.

Farther on, I was prodded by the curated tour of Cosmosis, which is also co-presented by the Contemporary Arts Council, and involves a stellar look into (you guessed it) the cosmos and artistic production as inspired by physics and cosmology. This exhibit displays varying aspects and includes sound effect.

I also appreciated the opportunity to ask these questions to the center’s Director of Exhibitions, Allison Peters Quinn. Read below!

-How does “Susan Giles: Scenic Overlook” connect to the concept of visual power and the usage of space for Hyde Park Art Center itself?

APQ: Susan Giles' work for Scenic Overlook is site-specific and was made to respond to the multiple viewing angles and entry points for the work in the gallery.

- What advice do you have for people to explore art in person, when we are in a time where viewing creativity through digital platforms, such as Instagram and Blogs, is convenient?

APQ: If the work of art is not digital, it is a completely different experience when the individual is in its proximity. We cannot judge scale, color, texture, smell--all those good things that make us human--through a screen. Instagram and blogs work great for marketing and creating buzz, but there is no substitute for the real thing.

-How would you suggest people who may not view themselves as artistic, but are interested in art, go about getting involved?

APQ: Take a class at the Art Center! There's something for all ages and skill levels. Or volunteer at the many arts organizations across the city to get to know what they do better.


Supplementing the Art Center’s space for artists, The Guida Family Creative Wing will be a 5,000 square foot re-design of previously under-utilized space. Keep an eye out for future occurrences at this cultural hot spot for youth through adults.  Learn something new, in person, and relax.

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