Onward art

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UW Art Gallery (UWAG) opened this week to feature an exhibition by noted artist and professor Lois Andison.&nbsp; The collection of works is actually one of three separate exhibitions set in different locations that operate together to make up the whole of a survey show called, <em>relay</em>.


The artist&rsquo;s intent is to make the three exhibitions communicate with each other and share their information with viewers. One of the messages conveyed through this particular show is the desire for artistic liberation through reinterpretation. In other words, Andison has taken well-known art creations and concepts and played with them in various ways in order to create new pieces that break artistic conventions and generate a fresher, and more expansive conversation about art within its community.


One of the works, titled <em>nudging marcel,</em> consists of two bicycle wheels resting on stools. One of them represents Marcel Duchamp&rsquo;s work <em>Bicycle Wheel</em> while the other stands as the artist&rsquo;s reinterpretation of it.


As with all of the artist&rsquo;s pieces in the two galleries, the right wheel performs an action. Motors make it spin and press against the left wheel, forcing it to move in tandem with it.&nbsp;


&ldquo;So, my idea was, you know, to nudge him out of the way &hellip; I come behind him, and I nudge him into action,&rdquo; said Andison.


The physical action of the motorized wheel is her own effort to establish some distance from Duchamp&rsquo;s work&rsquo;s iconic image; to see it from a new perspective and to spark a conversation between the pieces.


In another of the artist&rsquo;s pieces, <em>the floor&rsquo;s the limit</em>, Andison once again tinkered with the artistic conventions. However, this work concerns not a conversation with a past work by another artist, but with the usage of the gallery itself, which is typically recognized as a static area that contains artists&rsquo; creations.


To construct this work, the artist placed three female roller skaters in the gallery, allowed them to move freely through the space using their individual skating styles, and then installed the videotapes of them into the gallery itself.


When asked why she picked these female roller skaters, she stated, &ldquo;I think I was really interested in how, as an artist, you have to be a performer in the gallery &hellip; So, I&rsquo;d think about &lsquo;what if I did something that was celebrating the space?&rsquo; &hellip; I just decided I really wanted, you know, to map it and these women to map the gallery.&rdquo;


The works depicted in this article are only a sample of what there is to appreciate in Andison&rsquo;s exhibition. UWAG is located in East Campus Hall, open 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Andison&rsquo;s exhibition will be open until Nov. 1.