Commemorating the Memory

Commemoration is a celebration of something from the past. Commemorating the Memory applauds the facultative ability of memory function to contribute to art. Memory is a psychological response to external or internal stimuli, which induce recollections from the past, and recreate events that have already occurred in the mind. This exhibit seeks to outline the delicate threads that connect memory with familiarity, distortion, and perception, suggesting the motivational source for the artistic pieces included. The images in the collection share a sense of soft, subtle beauty, which in and of itself will induce memories of the past for the visitor. The general aesthetics will invite the viewer into the piece, and the muted colors will send the viewer into an internal search for answers. The exhibit asks whether or not the contemplation that results will leave the viewer with a fresh perception of the power of memory. Then, the relationship between the power of art and the power of memory could be better understood. The exhibit begins with an embrace, capturing the viewer into a familiar setting, able to relate to the frontward-facing man in Shaun Gladwell’s Approach to Mundi Mundi. Then, an introduction to the ability of visual interpretation to distort memory launches into such artworks an ancient Southeast Asian sculpture of the Hevajra mandala from the 12th century and Hyun Mi Yoo’s Good Luck Lotus No. 2. These artworks personalize this commemoration to the power of memory, opening the viewer to the notion of the dynamic relationship between visual interpretation and memory.

He rides along the same path every day. The path is familiar, but feels different every time.
Reinterpretations of a faded path result in abstract depictions. Over time, abstract shapes finally seem to form realistic pictures. From a distance, a scene is created.
Recollections of a faded past appear in blurs.
The modern conception of the multiple-handed Indian goddess Durga has changed over time. This visual piece, re-interpreted over and over again with new associated stories caused alterations in the objectification of the character, herself.
Objects collected over time document a changing world. Tossed into the corner, they sometimes display more meaning than they did arranged neatly around the room.
Thoughts bubble out, out of control, as the memory recollection process streams in. The shadow of memories linger in the light and inspire more thought-searching.
Writing in reflection.
Relative importance of one thing to another can be randomly determined, but meaning is always prescribed to the final rankings.
Memories of the past are distorted, beautified, or fit to incorporate elements that are appealing and wanted.
Stares into blues casts her mind into the emotions of yesterday.
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