The public is invited to “Think About It” at Magness Library this Saturday, May 20 from 12-3 p.m.
An interactive art exhibit by Warren County High School students Jacqueline Becerra and Rachel Stewart will be open for viewing. The two went outside the box, as well as the classroom, with an AP art history class final exam.
“We were assigned our final exam, which was to create an art gallery,” said Stewart. “In AP art history, we have a set of 250 art works and we have to know everything about them.”
The artwork was created in different countries, cultures and time periods throughout history. While most students created models of a specific piece that can be carried into the school and shown during a presentation, Stewart and Becerra wanted to demonstrate what they had learned in class and share it with the community.
“What I really took away from this class is how art can impact the viewer based on personal experiences,” said Stewart.
Becerra added, “It can even change your prospective on something, even if you initially felt you were staunch about your view.”
“Think About It” is in five sections and contains two or more artworks per section.
“What we really wanted was for people to be very immersive in the exhibit and interact with each piece,” said Stewart.
Becerra added, “We highlighted the aspects that were meditative and contemplative, those thought-provoking elements, in each work.”
Among the thought-provoking artworks was “Banality” by Jeff Koons. In his 1988 exhibition, Koons presents overgrown toys and cartoon characters as porcelain sculptures. The “Pink Panther” belongs to this collection and possess the typical traits of the exhibit.
“It is evident the artist intended to provoke thought in the viewer and make him or her uncomfortable,” said Becerra.
The girls created their own likeness of the artwork and it succeeded in making Magness Library director Brad Walker uncomfortable.
“I’m OK with the toys,” said Walker. “Her eyes creep me out. I can’t look at it. When the girls asked me if they could borrow part of the library to create their final exam and offer an exhibit here at the library, I thought it was a wonderful idea. We had the space available. I’m very impressed with what they have accomplished. People need to come see it.”
The exhibit will be available during the library’s regular hours on Friday, May 19. On Saturday, from 12-3 p.m., the students will be on hand to show off their exhibit and answer questions.