Wednesday, January 16, 1974
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, January 16, 1974 [HE MICHIGAN DAILY
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By SARA RIMER stay at a tuberculosis sanitarium
George Karr likes faces. That in Colorado. After his release he
is one's initial impression upon was granted "a scholarship to
entering the Pyramid Gallery's study art at the University of
opening Sunday of 32 of Karr's Colorado. But, it took only one
recent watercolors, pastels, and semester to convince Karr that
drawings. Faces - thoughtful, th-( discipline of academic life
angry, fearful, mocking, serene, would riot be the way to develop
and happy all combine to demon- his own personal style.
strate the rick background and Karr's rise to his present
vast range of Karr's work. growing popularity and success
The 32-year-old artist was born was not a smooth, uneventful
in Munich, Germany during WW one. At one particularly low point
11 and came to the U. S. at the he was forced to invite people in-
age of 13. He first became inter- to his studio in order to give his
ested in art during a two year paintings away. He also had to
master a difficult period of alco- ma
holism. Events changed, and fac
Karr is now a well-established Bu
artist living in Tampa, Florida. evi
Perhaps it is Karr's turbulent, ing
varied past that accounts for the of
many different faces the exhibi- qui
tion displays. Some of them, par- ma
ticularly in one pastel work en- hav
titled "The Philosopher," are blo
grotesque caricatures that glare def
fiercely at the observor. Here, pla
Karr employs garish, clashing exp
colors and bold, slashing lines to wit
produce a violent, highly expres- It
sive work. As one woman re- phi
rked, "He likes to destroy his
es a little bit."
ut, there is a curious balance
dent in the exhibition. Soften-
the somewhat brutal effect
"The Philosopher" is the
et, more gentle face of "Wo-
n." The harsh, jarring tones
ve been replaced by childlike
cks of bright, -happy pastels
ining a serene face contem-
ting life with a Madonna-like
pression of peace combined
h lingering suffering.
t appears that the raging
losopher had discovered some
rinsic faith in humanity after
ch pain and searching. "Wo-
n" seems to express the side
Karr that gallery owner and
ector Martin Nyrkkanen de-
ibes as "very reserved, gentle,
ontrasting the serious, brood-'
quality of "The Philosopher,"
"Woman" are "Clown 1"
"Clown 2'. Their delightful,
curving lines reveal a touch of
the whimsical. Looking at this
picture, one must agree with
Nyrkkanen's statement, "Karr
just enjoys people." And when
he's not enjoying them, he is ex-
ploring them ruthlessly, never
ceasing in his effort to compre-
hend their passions, hopes and
Bob Martin, Tampa Times art
critic presently in Ann Arbor, is
a close friend of Karr's. In talk-
ing with him it is quickly appar-
ent that he has a deep respect
and faith in Karr as an artist and
human being. He describes the
artist's development from very
grotesque, nightmarish pictures
to lighter, freer works as: "Sud-
denly there was a transition into
something better. I think he's
going to develop even more now.
He's groping for something."
Martin cited the exhibition's
theme of "humanism, of people
kind of touching one another and
groping for something together."
This idea is sensitively portray-
ed in "George and Harriet", con-
te, an intimate portrait of the
nude artist and his wife that
seems to depict the first tentative
discoveries of Adam and Eve.
Martin emphasizes that Karr is
not always sure of what's going
to happen when he begins a work.
He is not following a concise,
conceptualized formula for art.
Martin points to a work entitled
"Gerizim and Ebal" saying,
They're asking the question,
'What's going to happen out
there?"' It is a vital question
that Karr seems to be always
asking with his faces.
Karr's exhibition, which will
run until Feb. 2, is peopled with
living, suffering, passionate indi-
viduals. Whatever our response
to them, we must agree with one
observer's comment, "He likes
faces, this guy."
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Arnott's marionettes bring
classical drama to life
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Marionettes, those creatures
usually associated with light en-
tertainment, take on a serious
role tonight when noted British
puppeteer Peter Arnott p u l11 s
their _ strings. Arnott's puppets
will perform the fiery works of
Aeschylus' "Oresteia," Euripides'
"Cyclops" and Marlowe's "Doc-
tor Faustus" in the R. C. Audi-
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Classical drama is not easily
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marionettes are ideal for bring-
ing this grand subject to lift.
Prof. Louis Orlin of the Resi-
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marionettes bring the classics to
areas like small towns t h a t
could never hope to see a Greek
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teaching instrument," Orlin ex-
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Ancient and Modern Studies first
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Dr. Arnott to the campus dur-
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under the direction of Prof. Or-
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hopes that more joint ventures
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Arnott, currently drama pro-
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