Works That Disturb the Moonlight

The Alphonse Berber Gallery is located at Bancroft and Telegraph. Photograph by the author.

Sometimes it's difficult not to stare at others, even though we've been told since childhood not to. The recently opened "Works That Disturb the Moonlight" exhibit at the Alphonse Berber Gallery invites us to indulge in our staring tendencies by featuring eight artists whose works include conjoined twins, living sculptures, and unfamiliar creatures.

Kim Ye's "Synapses." Photograph by Pierson Rohr.

The artwork at the Alphonse Berber Gallery was extremely varied and included paintings, video art, jewelry, photographs, and sculptures. As I toured the exhibit, I repeatedly encountered one of Kim Ye's sculptures in her series Synapses. Though the work is not aesthetically pleasing, it is difficult not to try to steal glances at the latex-wrapped performers as they play a ball game or look curiously at exhibit attendees. While art is meant to be studied, I couldn't help but avert my gaze every few seconds because I didn't want Ye's sculptures to notice. I felt even more uncomfortable when I took their pictures -- not sure whether I should have asked for their permission. It certainly was a different experience to have art stare back at me. Here are a few more images from Ye's Synapses:

Photography by Pierson Rohr.

Other art pieces weren't quite as interactive, but continued the exhibit's theme of the grotesque. Angie Crabtree's "Lakshmi Tatama" was one of my personal favorites. Also by Crabtree was "Kaleidoscopic," featuring conjoined twins. While staring at people with physical abnormalities is not socially acceptable, Crabtree allows the viewer to do so through her artwork and she even reveals some of their beauty. Annie McKnight's taxidermied mice necklace made an interesting fashion statement, making it another one of my favorites though I won't be ditching my string of pearls for a string of mice anytime soon.

Angie Crabtree's "Lakshmi Tatama." Photograph by the author.

Angie Crabtree's "Kaleidoscopic." Photograph by Pierson Rohr.

Annie McKnight's mice necklace. Photograph by Pierson Rohr.

Here are a few photos of other pieces that were on display:

Photography by Pierson Rohr.

Located just across from campus at 2546 Bancroft Way, the
Alphonse Berber Gallery is a great place to spend time between classes. So visit between 12 to 7 (closed an hour early in February) any day except Wednesday. Don't wait too long to visit because the "Works That Disturb the Moonlight" exhibit lasts only until March 27th.

Xiaoqian Lim
BARE Reporter

1 comment:

  1. this is by far one of my favorite exhibitions at alphonse berber, the pieces are even more stunning in person. it's a MUST see!