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Downtown Light Installation Featured

Posted on Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Seniors Chloe Renee Jensen and Colby Mauke were recently featured in "The Bigger Picture," a regularly-appearing column in The Finger Lakes Times written by the paper's Chief Photographer, Spencer Tulis. Jensen and Mauke were responsible for a one-night light installation in a vacant building downtown as part of the Geneva Night Out event.

"It featured an interesting look at light- capturing spaces and the element of human interaction within and outside of it."

Tulis explains Jensen and Mauke wanted the installation to take downtown rather than on campus.

He also noted the building's owner "also was pleased with the exhibition and the idea has been bandied about to allow another brief showing of it. He also is encouraging the students to consider a whole new installation created there, if they choose to do so."

Jensen has been named to the dean's list and is a member of the William Smith soccer team. She has participated in study abroad experiences to Central Europe and Rome.

Mauke is a member of the architecture society and the interfraternity council. He plays club soccer at HWS.

The full article follows.

The Finger Lakes Times
The Bigger Picture

Spencer Tulis • Columnist and chief photographer • March 5, 2013

The second Geneva Night Out was held last Friday evening, and one of my stops that night was at the corner of Linden and Castle streets. For old-timers, the building once housed Martin's Music. For the younger set it was the site of Amazing Grace Tattoo Shop, which has since moved to Exchange Street.

The storefront has been empty, but through the generosity of the building's current owners, David Linger and Wendy Marsh, a light installation made a one-night appearance there.

It featured an interesting look at light- capturing spaces and the element of human interaction within and outside of it.

It was the brainchild of two senior students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Chloe Renee Jensen and Colby Mauke. They are architecture students who also have a strong interest in art.

This project didn't happen overnight. It involved a lengthy process that started a good year ago.

A proposal was created to apply for funding through the Colleges' budget allocation committee. After the application was approved, considerable research was done on a variety of levels about light, installations, construction, etc.

A student installation like this would normally occur on campus, but part of their plan included having it downtown as a way to further bridge the gap between HWS and the city of Geneva.

The Geneva Night Out seemed like a good fit for the exhibition. Contact with Geneva BID and Linger resulted in the final location.

The installation process took two weeks, and several other students signed on to help with the project.

The show featured a half dozen different areas with a different take on the creative use of light, presentation and form. Though separate in look they all combined as one concept under the show's name, "BLINK IN THE DARK."

Jensen was recently accepted to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. I told her it was a great school in a great city (Providence) that I know of well since years ago my application to attend RISD was rejected.

Mauke also has future plans for grad school, though they are undetermined at this point.

The initiative, collaborative spirit, thought process to go off campus and fine art of it was something that far too many people, unfortunately, missed out on.

As an art lover and supporter, I can say simply that there was good stuff happening there.

Of course, when it comes to abstract art many have a hard time interpreting it or find it uncomfortable in some way.

To that I quote Leonard Bernstein, who said: "Any great work of art ... revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world - the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air."

Linger also was pleased with the exhibition and the idea has been bandied about to allow another brief showing of it. He also is encouraging the students to consider a whole new installation created there, if they choose to do so.

Hopefully, that can provide the will to be truly inspired again.

 

 

 


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