My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”
― John Lennon
Art as Mirror
October 3, 2022 – January 20, 2023
BSU Harlow | Kleven Gallery
Prints and Ceramics
Art reflects society’s shifting culture and values. Through art, an artist has the ability to motivate the viewer to consider personal values and opinions and to cause change. “Art as Mirror” is a timeless collection of prints and ceramics that ask us to consider who we are and who we want to be with regard to cultural, historical, and political themes.
Artists create work on what is seen (observed) or what could be. Some artists make work reflecting on cultural, historical, or political themes. Their work aims to start a conversation about who we are and whom we would like to be. Their art allows us to question our own beliefs. But they are not trying to tell people what to think, but ask the viewer to think about things through the eyes of another human being. Any conclusions you come to, are your own.
This show is a collection of art pieces that deal with various cultural, social, and political subjects. An agreement is not required only your consideration is requested.
Examine each piece and conclude what you think the artist is trying to convey Do you agree or disagree with the subject presented? Do you think the issue is important to shine a light on and why? Some of the works are old and were made at different times, are the themes relevant for today’s society and why? Ultimately, this show is an experience in civil discourse.