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Pull a rabbit from your hat...
Gabe "Furious" Fajuri makes like
David Copperfieki when he per-
forms his fabulous magic at at
the League UnderProunud. 9 p.mF A
FRIDAY

FRIDAY FINE ARTS FRENZY

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Prisoners use varietyof arts I
to express self discovery
By Jenny Jeltes facilitates art classes of about ll people and has 3
D Arts Writer tutors, all wonderful artists, whom are prisoners
themselves.
If anything, the need for identity and selfl At Level 6, which includes more serious crimi-
reIpect are more compelling in the dehumanizing nals, Turner must teach through bars. Allotted four
prison environment. Whether an O. Henry writing cells at a time, inmates are temporarily released6
Iris short stories in a jail cell or a frightened voung from their handcuffs while being taught. Along
inate writing his family, a with this method. Turner utilizes corresponding
prisoner needs a medium f ot lessons and video lessons. Turner said, "I think
self-expression" - (U. S. this job is heaven for tme. The most rewarding
Supreme Court Justice thing about it is to see these guys look into them-
6th Annual Thurgood Marshall, selves for the first time and begin to understand
Exhibition of rcruntir . Martirz, 1974). that the Creator has given them all of this to learn. ,
Art by Michigan This self-expression is It's rewarding to see them grow and develop and
Prisoners exactly what the Prison also challenge others with this."
Rackham Galeres Creative Arts Project, headed Many of the artists exhibited are extremely tal- courtesyo PCAP
Tirug 'Fetuay 21 L by University professors Janieti nted. Former prisoner Billy Brown received Crazy, fun art like this is on display at Rackham.
Paul and Buzz Alexander, attention in the New York Tines for his beautiful
strives to enhance. Founded in and intricate patterns, done with blue hues of col- tion of materials varies from institution to institu-
1990, the PCAP is holding its ored pencil. His work was also shown in 1999 in tion, and some of the prisoners' ingenuity is
S . ._. sixth annual art exhibition, in New York Citv, at the famous Hooperhouse intriguing.
which prisoners from 35 state Callery. Virgil Williams III; paroled from Hiawatha
prisons submit their work, The art exhibit encompasses a wonderful variety Correctional Facility, began his sculptiring with
including but not limited to acrylic, pastel, colored of work, from Native American imagery to tropi- cardboard and Elmer's glue. Where to find the
pencil chalk and vatercolor. cal rain forests to portraits. A majority of the work cardboard? Toilet paper boxes. food boxes, basical-
,Savin' that such an art exhibition increases pub- is for sale and is individually priced by the artists. ly anything one can get his hands on. Fortunately,
lie awareness is an understatement. Where else Janie Paul, co-curator of the exhibit, comments PCAP has provided many prisons with a way to
does one have such an opportunity to tap into the that the amount of work is growing and is also get- order approved art supplies by catalog.
reality of prison life? The source of this artwork is ting better and better each year. The PCAP hopes Many former prisoners now consider art a major
what captures the viewcr. Building Oi this curios- to eventually provide scholarships for released part of their lif. Eric McWethv, paroled form
itv, PCAP is hosting-iany panel discussions and prisoners who wish to continue art at other institu- Egcler Correctional Facility said, "The Creative
,Veakers throughout the week. tions. Arts Exhibition is the only thing that helped me to
-i-erschell Turner, a full-time art teacher at Ionia The persistence that many of these prisoners feel human again. Now I can make a picture of the
l iximum Facility, gave a few words at the open- develop through their work is truly amazing. world as I see it, where before I really couldn't do
itg reception. Havimg worked in lonia for over Lloyd Stovall, paroled from Muskegon that" Stovall said, "I got away from what I truly
tine years, Turner saxs hisnoal is to keep as many Correctional Facility, carved a chess board out of love. I think art saved roe. This program saved me."
people as busy as possible His work is far front soap during his incarceration. Due to limited PCAP's innovative approach on prisoner rehabil-
itionotonous. At Level 2 within the prison system, tools, he carved the pieces with a paper clip. Often itation is unique and refreshing. The program's
a community of approximately 20h prisoners lives faced with the lack of materials, prisoners must success lies in the fact that art really is about
in groups of fourtt in each housing unit. Turner find unusual ways to produce artwork. The restric- human depth and self-discovery.
B aun

Tokyo's 'Humanscape'
reaches a new levelin
artistic expression.

By Elizabeth Manasse
For the DAly
A human being is a beautiful, natural
creation. Join University alums Jason
Roebke and Avako Kato as they
embrace the totality of artistic expres-
sion and the beauty of the human body
in Art Union
um anse a p e.
This music and
dance duo will
Art Urjion pereform at the
Humanscape ( a n t e r b u r y
louse in Ann
Canterbury House Arbor
Friday &Saturday8p.m. Art Union
H u m a n s c ape
actively seeks to
explore the art of
collaboration.
Rather than sim-
ply combining the
art of dance and
music, the performers ait to exchange
ideas about art in general. Roebke and
Kato exploit their personal differences
while they create their performances
exclusively through rehearsals. With
their work, they aim to subtly address
daily life issues and speak to a contem-
porary audience. The artists claim that
they do not seek the extraordinary. Kato
said, "What we call ordinary in daily life
is alread' extraordinary and beautiful
when we recognize that each phenome-
non happens only once in a lifetime."
One essential message in their work
is to cherish the experience and process
of "being" Kato's work encourages
people to explore the nature within
themselves while simultaneously
exploring the nature within the universe.

To emphasize the existence of a
human being as a part of a natural cre-
ation, their work combines the essence
of Japanese traditional arts, Western
dance and contemporary music within a
modern perspective. Through dance,
Kato demonstrates what the human
body has in common with things i ge
natural world. Significantly, Art n
Iiumanscape explores the dynam ela-
tionship between music and movement.
"Music and movement can never be
separated. Ii's impossible;" aid
Roebke.
Art Union Humanscape was co-
founded in 1999 by Rocbke and Krato,
and is based in Tokyo. Since its 'L999
creation, the artists have performed on
over 20 occasions throughoutToko and
Japan. The duo has performed in.many
untraditional venues including riI
cages, ravine tunnels, Chinese kilns and
in an office tower lobby.
Jason Roebke is a double bassist and
a composer currently living in Chicago.
A prominent musician, he uses a sonic
and physical language that icorporates
movement. sound, and silence. Ayako
Kato is a dancer and choreographerwho
founded the Dance No Mori Company
in Japan. She has been one of theqt
profound and active figures in ihe
Tokvo dance community. In Japan, he
performs, choreographs, and rigorously
trains herself in contemporary dance,
classical ballet, butoh, and Noh. Kato
graduated in 1998, from the Master of
Fine Arts program in Dance at the
University. These aluani have chose to
return to Ann Arbor in order to show
their former commutity the progress
they have achieved in their fields.

By Charity Atchison
IZIIhr Ars Writer
"Classical guitarist Manuel
Barrueco will. present a mixture of
contemporary and traditional guitar
pieces. mixing
the old classics
of Bach with the
newer works of
. Manuel C orea and
Barrueco R o d r i g o .
ckham Auditorium Rodrigo wvas a
Spanish guitar
Sunday at 4 p.m., composer, and
the 100th
° - anniversary of
his birth is cele-
brated this year.
B a r r u e c o
r-yeived his training at the Peabody
Conservatory in Baltimore, after his

family immigrated to the United
States. "The guitar was spreading
like a disease in my family, I'm the
one who was mesmerized by it all,"
Barrueco said of his beginnings. His
sisters were the ones who began
playing the guitar, which was a very
popular instrument to play in Cuba
during his childhood. His early play-
ing was that of Latin American pop
music. A teacher, however, recog-
nized his unusual talent and recom-
mended he began to be trained in the
classical style.
Barrueco finds a guitar recital
often like having a meal, with many
different things to choose from.
Bach, being the major composer is
always included in his recitals. "It's
[Bach] modern, it offers a contrast
which is what I look for. The guitar
begs for your attention," he said.

Despite the fact that Bach was one of
the first composers for the guitar, lie
wrote music for the lute with the
intention.of it being used for the gui-
tar, which had not been invented yet.
Barrueco feels that Bach might be
the most modern composer. "It
opens more harmonically and gui-
taristically," lie said.
The program ends with Brazilian
and Spanish guitar styles. Spanish is
a style, which any guitar perfor-
mance must have in it. Ending with
these pieces allows Barrucco to
build the intensity level of his con-
cert.
Barrueco is currently working in a
residency program in San Francisco.
Ihe plays at least one main stage con-
cert every year. His work also
includes bringing music to schools
and developing audiences. Most
recently he has performed with the
Berkeley Symphony under the baton
of Kent Nagano.
In May, Barrueco will release a
recording of duos with different gui-
tarists: Al Di Meola, a jazz guitarist,
Steve Morse and Andy Summers of
the Police. These duos allow him to
"misbehave in a way." All the gui-
tarists have to meet on a comton

ground and move outside of their
style boundaries.
Barrueco does not admire just one
player, though he does find that all
classical guitar players admire
Andres Segovia, who is known for
his work with the Sor studies. "I
admire different aspects of different
players. I know classical best. I love
all types of music," he said.

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