The exhibition featured 14 photos from her collection utopian dilemma: upstream/downstream. Each photo, priced at $1,200, displayed recycled aluminum metal made into modern art sculptures.
The group of photographs, presented in a portrait set-up, represented larger than life-size sculptures bound by rubber bands. The photographer used bright vibrant colors in 12 of the 14 contemporary style photo to create an upbeat modern theme.
The artist’s collection title utopian dilemma: upstream/downstream really sums up Waligore’s work. Waligore wanted to magnify the importance of recycling while showing the beauty of sculptures. She did a great job of building a connection between photography and sculptures. I saw both amazing art forms come together in her work to portray an environmental theme.
Waligore chose aluminum metal because it endures as a visible emblem of the traces of consumer products that mark our environment, as stated in Waligore’s artist statement. The material characteristics of the aluminum itself, which both resists and permits folding and bending, guide the creation.
The 14 art works were displayed side-by-side in one room on three different walls. I saw no particular arrangement among the photos on the first two walls. Just the fact that they were set to be viewed before the third wall. The 12 photos on the first two walls were colorful and loud. The sculptures were mostly centered and placed on a vibrant futuristic background. Each sculpture appeared to be made out of everyday soda and beer cans.
However the third wall that housed the last two photos, used earth tones. Which really stood out to me. Both photos on the wall listed the longitude and latitude using geographic coordinates of the location of the photo. These photos depicted scenes of washed up and used aluminum soda cans and trash found on the ground. I found these photos to be my favorite, the strongest, and most impactful photos of the group. The artist really portrayed her environmental theme in these pictures. I felt like Waligore wanted to show us the effects of pollution. These photos showed viewers where these amazing sculptures came from. I felt Waligore wanted to display a before and after theme after viewing these two photos. Waligore wanted viewers to walk around the gallery and look at the beautiful sculptures first and then see where they came from last. I believe this was done to leave an Impact on the audience. I would love to have these photos in my house.
Overall I enjoyed Marilyn Waligore’s utopian dilemma: upstream/downstream photography exhibit. I found Waligore’s style, technic, and design interesting and fun. I like that she had such a strong meaning behind these beautiful and funky photos. I would recommend others to view this gallery.
Here are some of the photos I enjoyed most: