looked at, gazed upon, seen

January 31 - May 6, 2022

Parsons Engineering Building

View of an artwork in the hallway of an academic building. A text-based work hangs on the wall and behind and above two sofas and a table.
looked at, gazed upon, seen, 2021, charcoal on cardboard, 36 x 48 each (installation view)

Skip (HMC) is a poet whose works explore themes of growth, memories, and transformation. looked at, gazed upon, seen was on view at Sprague Gallery, lower level Shanahan Center, from December 1 through December 15, 2021, as part of Skip – 5 senses, an exhibition of the poet’s five poems.

For the exhibition, the poems, initially textualized for print, were reworked and made performative. Three poems printed on paper were affixed to pedestals and completed by accompanying objects, such as dried lavender, caramel, and bubble wrap. One poem was spoken, recorded, and played on loop. Lastly, looked at, gazed upon, seen, the poem on view here, was drawn in charcoal on cardboard and installed on the wall. Viewers were encouraged to participate by taking a piece of caramel and popping the bubble wrap.

Through the poems, which were seen, heard, smelled, tasted, and touched, memories of growth were simultaneously constructed and altered.

Skip – looked at, gazed upon, seen is on view from January 31 to May 6, 2022. Parsons Engineering Building is open Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM. As a precautionary measure, the exhibition is open to students, faculty, and staff of the Claremont Colleges and registered visitors. Masks are required indoors and encouraged outside. The Covid-19 guidelines will be updated as new information becomes available.

Backdrop is a night view of lavender planted  in a fenced garden. 2021. Color overlay on photo courtesy of the artist.
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