Colmen Lecture – A Review

Coleman is an interesting character. Seeming less like a teacher or professor,  the eccentric man acts like an excited child presenting his art to other people for the first time. (This of course is in reference to his attitude and not to his level of professionalism.) I personally was immensley engrossed into this attitide, as it kept things from becoming bland and devolving into the ‘sameness’ of browsing through a playlist of Ted Talks. His interactions with the audience was a great change of pace to what I had experienced with others before.

His works were interesting, to say the least. I rather enjoyed the 3d scanning projects as opposed to his political works. Those had amazing quality and potential seeping through their very foundation. I feel as if explaining a political piece takes some of the personal feeling away from the viewer. The 3d modeling (although more like scanning) of the train and people were absolutely mind blowing. The twisting and turning of the 10-minute people scans he did was facinating, especially due to the ‘shell’ idea he pushed forward.  Seeing the models he scans as just a shell, an empty husk of their original counterparts, is a very real although confusingly depressing outlook on his artwork. Using this idea, he twists and molds these scans into nearly horror-riddled digitsl sculptures. After this, a 360 degree animation is created, showing showing this transformation to and back from a monstrous deisgn.

One interesting thing to note is how the backing music directly effects the reception of this art form. It is presented with a semi-techo, upbeat tone that conveys this idea of “Hey, look at how cool this is!” This makes you want to examine the artwork, opening up and allowing youraelf to become mesmerized in the beauty of the abstract shapes intertwining with one another to create something simply inhuman out of a human base. Throw a few screeching string instruments, however, along with some low humming and suddenly everything transforms into something much more real. You wouldn’t want to look closer because the moment you see the twisting bones and crawling skin it all becomes horribly surreal.

All in all, this was an amazing lecture on his artwork. The way he talks keeps the viewer engaged, never letting them sit in silence as he thinks.  I would definitely listen to more of these from the artist if given the chance.


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