april 20, 2012

“Put it on my tombstone, I use stone sista”
Sculpturess Elana Webb heads for art residency in Minnesota
BY DREW LENIHAN
Arts Editor

Where the Wild Things Are:

The Pioneer Log arts

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Critical Blast
launches everyone into a preemptive afternoon celebration of the arrival of summer. On Friday, the reality of finals hits, but first we must celebrate the last day of classes with some animal enthusiasm. This year we decided to make Critical Blast a costume party, which has never been done before and we have no idea why not,” said Co-op coordinator Abigail McNamara (’12). Starting at 2 p.m., prepare to don whiskers and wild hides to scarf free food and barbeque, play twister, admire fine crafts at the DIY Bazaar and even objectify peers in a kissing booth. Are you not entertained?! Critical Blast will also feature a poetry slam with Apocalips, a costume contest and a dance performance, not to mention ten bands.   Included in the musical lineup are Mimi and Jay, lead members of Fruition String Band; the nervo-sleaze punk of The Fuckin’ Weirdos and the boogie wonderland of JPC. Joining them will be regional act Seagull Invasion from Olympia, Wash. and Portland acts the Double Plus Good, No Kind of

As the class of 2012 hits the dusty trail and rides off into the sunset, many graduates will be scrambling for the next place to hang their hat. But for some graduates, the talent they have worked so hard to nurture over the years will be enough to provide a roof over their heads, some food in their belly and a warm bed. Student-artist Elana Webb (’12) has been accepted as a resident intern at the Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota, a world-renowned sanctuary for large-scale sculpture and installation art.

IMAGE BY CLAIRE TSUJI

“I’m sprung to be making shit in an outdoor studio in the Midwestern summer.”
45 minutes outside of the Twin Cities, Franconia is a 20-acre property with a rotating collection of nearly 100 sculptures by regional, national and international artists. Assistant Professor of Art Mike Rathbun was a fellowship artist at Franconia on two different occasions and installed a piece there in 1998, its inaugural year. “I am really excited for Elana to be in a different environment where it will be a lot different than making art here at school. It will be a lot of no-nonsense working and learning and she will be able to make contacts from all over the world.” Webb was one of eight accepted in a highly competitive field of applicants. She will assist six professional artists the majority of the time and will be able to work on her ambitious individual projects in her month-long residency starting in August. “I plan on learning as many new sculptural techniques as I can as I help other artists; I can learn how to weld, pour metal, work with stone, anything I can get my tiny hands on,” said Webb, with visions of grandeur sparkling in her eyes. Webb, whose expertise ranges from hydrostone forms, exemplified by her senior thesis series, Drawings I, II and III to alginate molds, will be working with very technically gifted and renowned artists from New York City, the Twin Cities and even China. Eventually the work Webb builds at Franconia Sculpture garden will be a part of its 2013 exhibition. Franconia Sculpture Garden will give Webb the tools to continue to learn about and love what she has become so passionate about over the last four years. “Sculpting is the rawest, most empowering thing ever, and I’m sprung to be making shit in an outdoor studio in the Midwestern summer alongside people that feel the same way.”

BY DREW LENIHAN
Arts Editor

With finals looming and reading days about to suck souls away like rabid leeches, the Co-op has found the solution for all students:

go into beast mode.   Next Thursday in celebration of the last day of classes, the good folks and coordinators at the Coop are sending us off with one last hurrah, Critical Blast: The Animal Party.  “Every year, the Co-op

Rider and Fanno Creek.   In their Renn Fayre warmup, Reed College’s Hausu will also make an appearance. For the fine connoisseur still looking for one last art boner, the Co-op is giving it up to the kids to provide the art.  Featured on the [ O U T E R ] Space walls all day will be a bright bunch of freshman artists.  This promising vanguard is only a wee joey of aesthetic potential compared to the mighty kangaroo it will become. The showcase will surely illustrate that the spectre of art at LC only gleams brighter. If there is one thing to take to the Animal Party, it is an attitude to kick back and rage before we all get down to the nitty gritty of the finals season.  Through the animalistic transformation occurring at the Co-op starting at 2 p.m. next Thursday, the student body can come together to reflect, reminisce and be a community in the fleeting hours of the school year.   For the love of Noah’s ark, the attendance of tigers, foxes, and crustacean of all kinds is imperative to the cultural bacchanal that will ensue.

Davey Zilban’s Last Laugh
music with over the past four years that have really made college spe-

“I will abso-fuckinglutely be playing music for the rest of my life, feel free to come find me.”
cial.”  At Maggie’s from 10 p.m.-midnight, Davey and Friends will play a retrospective show of all the jams the dude himself has mastered over the years. Divided into two sets, the show will start with an acoustic set with numerous accompaniments, and the second will feature Zilban’s newest project, the surf

PHOTO BY DREW LENIHAN

BY DREW LENIHAN
Arts Editor

Musical musers come and go, but only some earn the title of vi-

sionary. Next Wednesday marks the departure of one of Lewis & Clark’s most passionate musical dynamos, Davey Zilban. “It’s definitely been the people I’ve played

rock duo She-wolf. The coffee will flow, the babes will come and good vibes will be shared with the community. From jazz to video game covers, Zilban will make you sway andbring a smile to your face. “The music will be songs people have taught me over the years, songs with good grooves and songs that move me emotionally.”  As the pseudo-MC of most Coop performances this year, Zilban has gained a following with his Russian folk songs and his infectious laugh. His last performance as a student is sure not to be the last thing we hear from Zilban. “I will abso-fucking-lutely be playing music for the rest of my life, feel free to come find me.”

Summer lovin’: student shows work at PDX contemporary gallery
Paulsen and Cynthia Lathi. Erlanger’s project is a mixed media installation, including highStarting in June, art student gloss vinyl, denim caps, fluorescent Olivia Erlanger (’12) will be fea- lights, hydrostone legs with sneaktured in “PDX Window Project,” ers and a cast of a resin head. While allowing her to exhibit her art in the various aspects of the project the storefront window space of the may sound disparate, the concept PDX Contemporary Gallery. The behind the work is exhaustively inartist in the space changes almost novative and ties many different every month and Erlanger’s highly narratives and media together. Erlanger, inspired by a former conceptual piece will go up June 6.  roommate, wrote lists of objects It will be in conjunction with the gallery’s summer showcase of she desired and posted them on the artists they represent, including craigslist, asking people to respond Portland biennial veterans Storm to the list with their own. She took Tharp, Ryan and Ann Wilson- the responses and compiled them, BY DREW LENIHAN
Arts Editor

and is now taking the emailed lists and using them as inspiration for objects of art. “I began with the idea of the window as the gallery’s storefront, which led me to consider how and what is displayed. This made me think of displays of desire so I’ve made the gifts as a show of affection for the strangers who responded,” she said. The project will deal with how art is displayed, and how windows as spaces function, as the piece will only be viewable from outside the gallery on the street. The space is of peculiar dimensions and is sure to

push the promising up-and-comer out of her comfort zone as she begins to examine how to portray her art outside of the academic realm. Support our artists outside the school as they courageously move out into the world! Come down to PDX Contemporary this June to see some of Portland’s best artists on the inside, and to see one of our own in her Pearl District debut. “I’m planning on having an ‘opening,’ aka kicking it on the sidewalk, June 6 after I install.”  You just got an invite to a V.I.P. art party, so grow a pair and come on down to show your support!

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