Have you ever been involved in a conversation so painful you were scraping for excuses to leave? Or found yourself so involved in a discussion you lost track of time? Every day we use our body, voice, and technology to communicate with family, friends, and colleagues. Seventeen senior Graphic Design students would like to invite you to explore these relationships through the use of sight and sound in the exhibit: Colloquium.

Curated by: Markus V. Vogl


11/22/10 - 11/30/10


11/30/10 - 6:30-9:00


Randy Leighton

Randy Leighton

This piece has one purpose: to illustrate how difficult it can be to have your voice heard when a group of people are having a conversation. My intention is to show, through creative illustration and sculpture, how it can feel when you're "lost in the conversation."

I learned a great deal during the course of this art show. The most important thing I learned is that setting up for an art show is not nearly as easy as one might think. There are hundreds of details that need to be coordinated and dozens of people that have to be compromised with. Not only that, nothing ever goes the way you think it will and everything take twice as long as you think it will. Many of the projects that were going up for the Colloquium show still had drying glue and paint as they were being installed. Several of us actually had to make revisions while the pieces were already installed. Planning and coordinating are as important as the piece itself.

The other important thing I picked up from doing this show was DO NOT SKIMP ON MATERIALS! When you're purchasing your supplies don't fall into the trap of buying an "off brand" simply because it is less expensive. You get what you pay for. Instead of purchasing high quality fishing line to suspend my piece, I bough a much less expensive brand and I paid for it in the end. After spending 3 hours hanging my piece, I had to redo the work 2 days later because the line had stretched. Yeah, I saved a few dollars and all I had to do was hang my piece twice. I also used a less expensive technique to print the interior of my project and I got wrinkles and bubbles under the artwork as a result. In retrospect, I wish I had just spent the extra cash so I could have had a better quality piece.

It's quite important to pay attention to every single detail, communicate with everyone involved in setting up for the show, give yourself as much extra time as possible and don't be cheap. Murphy's Law applies to art shows more than anything else I have attempted (this semester, anyways).