In Polis, students Theodore Teichman and Elizabeth Levy demonstrated a profound understanding of how urban landscapes function today and explore how their transformation can benefit society. Teichman and Levy were awarded the Gindroz prize to study abroad in the summer to develop new ideas in music and architecture.
When I entered the Frame Gallery, I was immediately drawn to Elizabeth Levy’s arrangement of large poster-like images with examples of how different architects have changed urban structures in European cities in a way that is both beautiful and functional. I feel that oftentimes, artists forget the beauty of adding functionality into their work. This exhibit reinforces the ideas that the art of architecture can be both breathtaking and practical.
The sound installation, Songlines, was a compilation of sounds from various subway lines in different cities. When I put the headphones on, the effect of the photo installation immediately changed. I felt more drawn to the photographs of various architectural features, staircases, windows, and general lines in the architectural landscape. With the addition of the sounds of cities and transit, a sense of rhythm emerged from the photographs.
Overall, this show demonstrated the talent and hard work of two College of Fine Arts students who used their music and architecture backgrounds to create this exhibition that focused on the reconfiguration and the sounds of a city.
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