On Sunday, a couple dozen plywood art strips (some shown in photo above) invaded the Ames School of Art at Illinois Wesleyan University and other locations on the IWU campus. One side of the plywood featured one of three different kinds of imagery. 1: historical, cultural patterns found throughout the world. 2: Gothic English Churches. 3: works by Michelangelo Buonarroti. The other side of the plywood strips featured pyrographed text saying “ARTIS3LETTERS.COM”. Some had holes drilled through them with tied string to allow the plywood strip to be hung.
The use of plywood can imply excavation because of its layering. To emphasize this notion, imagery from past cultures is featured. Some of the pieces on campus are located in clever locations which may require a certain level of “excavation” to uncover. Most of the pieces at the School of Art were simply hung on door knobs. Excavation sometimes requires little or much work to discover.