By Elizabeth MerinoARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
Do any of us actually say what we are really feeling? Are we too afraid of what people will think of our opinions, of our polarizing ideas or beliefs? Alvia Urdaneta’s FORM Gallery, “YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT!” highlights this issue through the use of ink drawings on paper.
The gallery drawings are paired with comic-book-like text inspired by Roy Lichtenstein and the pair Muntean and Rosenblum. The text is a loaded set of words, an idea that is meant to challenge the viewers own beliefs.
“This new outlook is intended to spark conversations within the viewing audience and artist. The opinions and statements the drawings show are meant to be unpopular, and blunt. They may at first come across as lewd or ignorant, but it is up to the viewer to be open minded when walking into the show,” said Urdaneta.
Urdaneta hopes the shock value of her pieces is what hits her audience the hardest.
“I am excited at the possibility of people being shocked when they see my drawings, but even more hopeful that they are accepting and left with a new perspective,” she said.
Urdaneta’s use of various text bubbles and boxes, as seen in comic books, are a vital part of the art as a whole. A rectangular box indicates that the narrator’s idea is being given, a box close to the mouth of the speaker indicates it is their ideas being expressed and so on.
Urdaneta’a art features social figures including Miley Cyrus and Hilary Clinton.
Urandeta highlights Cyrus’s now infamous VMA performance with Robin Thicke.
“People are starting to realize that her performances, videos and lyrics were exploitative of African American women, she treated them like a piece of meat in order to be ‘edgy,’” said Urdaneta.
In her Clinton piece, Urdaneta explores the ideas people have against having a woman president. “The whole she can’t be a mom and a boss, can’t lead the country during her period, etc.,” she explained.
Urdaneta hopes that this type of artistic expression will create an open dialogue between students.
“Bottling up these beliefs is detrimental to the human psyche — it prevents further growth on those very beliefs, because without discussion that person’s view is at a standstill,” she said.
“YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT!” opens Wednesday, Nov. 12 with an opening reception including an artist talk and free refreshments. The show will run through Nov. 15 in Calkins Hall.
“People could walk away and think that I believe awful things because they may not read the sarcasm correctly. That is the nature of art. No matter how much I elaborate, or what my artist statement says, art is always up for interpretation and left to be judged by the viewer,” said Urdaneta.