I discovered this miniature collection of student artwork while walking through a building I’m not usually in to stay out of the cold. I was expecting the usual grey, dingy stairwell as I went up a floor, but instead the stairwell landing wall had a handful of photographs and artwork from students of the college. I had to stop for a minute and look at each piece.
Several of the photographs are just of people in everyday situations, lecturing, attending class, or just standing around. The subject is familiar and we can all relate. Between these photos are works that I consider a bit more visually interesting. Architecture, abstract and glitch art, a photo of someone taking a photo. The different styles help draw the eye from piece to piece but the obvious standout out is the red-orange portrait. I’m not sure I understand it, but its very interesting and definitely eye catching.
A stairwell is not traditionally a place to display artwork. The location helps the art standout and is the reason I noticed it in the first place. The drab stairwell is certainly enhanced by the artwork. People may not have the time or convenience to stop and look at the artwork, however. Generally people are moving quickly through stairwells. I think the art enhances the space but the space detracts from the work.