The Haggerty Museum of Art

By Alexandria Hilgart

Dark Blue: Water as Protagonist

I think the purpose of this show was to express how water is a complicated element. It normally portrays life, growth and health but these pictures were taken in order to use the water as a source of destruction and feeling scared. I think it was created in order to take these thoughts of water being good, and twist them into a whole new perspective. Some artists that expressed these twists are: Diane Arbus, Michael Childers, James Fee, Adam Fuss, Mary Ellen Mark, Andrew Moore, Irina Rozovsky and many more.  All of the works had different angles, colors, tones and shapes. These elements really stood out to me. I think all together, the exhibit is kind of sloppy but only because there is such a large variety with in the pictures. As one or within a series, the pictures are composed elegantly.

My favorite work of art was called, "The Hockney Swimmer," by Michael Childers.  I really enjoyed the dark blue colors. There are darker blue, bold lines at the bottom of the pool which are aesthetically pleasing to me.  The center of interest is actually not in the exact center which gives the picture a horizontal view. The small amount of splash around the person keeps the person of interest. I enjoyed this picture because my eyes searched the whole photo without being uncomfortable.

The other exhibit is called, "Perimeter," by Kevin J. Miyazaki. I enjoyed the photos but I was not comfortable with the small room they were put up in. The photographs were interesting because they were of random people. The only thing these people have in common is that they were at Lake Michigan during the time of shooting. It really opens your eyes to the diversity of people and all their connections to the water.

I learned that water is a source bigger than just drinking. Its a source of leisure, life, jobs, and art. People go there to relax or have fun with friends. People also go there to fish, work on docks, boats and science, so, it's apart of their job.  Water in Milwaukee is more important to us than we think.

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