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April 17, 1955 - Image 13

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Sunday, April, 17, 1955


Page Five

Display Student Technical Experiment

--Daily-Jonn Hirtzel

-Daily-John Hirtzel
By DEBRA DURCHSLAG ing opportunity for individual ex- However, the drawings are more
A COLLECTION of classroom pression. Use of different media than student exercises. Among the
assignments, examples of stud- is an important part of the work. variety of subjects and media, the
ent experimentation, is now on Students in the courses have al- exhibit turns up some extremely
display in the arcade of the Archi- ready had work in composition, competent pictures.
tecture Bldg. water-color and life-drawing, and Range in the use of media is in-
Running through April 25, the many will go on to print-making teresting to note. India ink, wash,
exhibit of drawings and paintings or oil painting. oil, tempera and casein are used
comes from the Drawing 39 course COMPOSITION, control of the the monochrome drawin gs ab-
of the architecture and design value scale, and attention to stract tonal pictures, primarily
school. The course is not limited line, shape and texture are con- studies in values, as well as figure
to art majors, but is one of the sciously developed. The artist as studies. There are line-drawings,
advanced drawing classes, a creator is important, but the full-scale oil paintings, and even
Emphasis in Drawing 39 is on artist as a student is in the fore- ink sketches.
technical principles, while allow- ground.
TIIE EXHIBIT maintains a con-
W I LUAM NGE sistently high standard, and
L r Gthe students are to be,,compli-
mented on the over-all quality of
I/ their work.
TWo PrlZe \ inners A straight-line drawing of a
parade, done with an ordinary
,NVPfountain pen, is a whimsical piece
that deserves credit. The draw-
New Plays on ew ngcaptures a naivete that is
consistent with a media not used
(Continued from Page 2) generally by the artist.
one of the best directors a play Stampings were used in an in-
himself to oncoming death, in the can get. His mastery of drama is teresting, mosaic-like work that
arms of the wife he has hated for especially notable during the first resembles the Byzantine mosaics
40 years. act and part of the second where of Justinian and Theodora.
the emphasis is on talk and there Life drawings form a large per-
THE FIRST ACT is nearly a is little or no action; yet, the play centage of the exhibit. India ink,
monologue by Maggie. She tells never is static. casein, and wash are used with
us just what the play will be con- Jo Mielziner has designed a sim- fine control and sense of values.
cerned with as well as giving the ple set of one room and porch that oRK IN a constructivist vein
audience insight into the other surpasses many of the more intri- allowsan examination of
characters. In doing so, we get a cate sets usually seen in Broadway allomsin xaswlatonef
vivid picture of the speaker. She is productions. The room is seen at Tecrhn composition as wel en
vain, selfish, quite vicious when at- an angle so that the mirror thatTh ndal careful rei i
tacked, and nervous in her position characters often speak to is really and a careful rendering is
of wife in name only. She feels the audience. necessary that borders on perfec-
security slipping away from her tion.
and resorts to many things so that Now holding forth in the first Students measure up to the as-
her place will alter for the good, production is an excellent cast. signment. Some of the work is
Speaking to her husband about Barbara Bel Geddes' Maggie is one more successful, of course, but in
his dead friend, Maggie knows she of the best performances to be general they are interesting and
is playing a dangerous game but seen. Throughout her first-act well-done studies.
hopes Brick will see that she sym- monologue she holds the audience One composition of triangles is
pathizes with him in the intellec- with her subtle, determined words. an interesting study in texture as
tual relationship he once held and All the sweet innocence of Patty well as composition. There are
will hold no more. in The Moon is Blue," or her nai- also formal Kandinsky-type stud-
The second act is a discussion vete of "Deep Are the Roots," or ies and tempera tone patterns.
between Big Daddy and Brick. The her suffering of "The Living The fact that these paintings
former likes to talk, especially to Room is absent as she struggles are done by students as experi-
his son. But the latter sees these to get off the ungrippable tin roof. ments in drawing gives them an
talks for the shallowness they are Burl Ives looks the part of Big appealing spontaneity. It is in-
and rebels, reducing his father to paddy and gives a very commend- teresting to see student artists in
a shade of the man he was. able performance. He is the tow- the making rather than the cus-
,,er of strength at first, and then, tomary polished productions.
THE TiIRD ACT "resolution" in a swift moment, is the picture The current exhibition follows
is in line with the writing of of a broken man; from afar, he in the line of a series of high-qual-
the rest of the play; that is, it re- looks. like a little boy who is ity student displays held recently
solves itself rather than by bring- ashamed of an action. in the Architecture Bldg.
ing in an "outside" answer or solu- Very different from her quiet
tio all the underwriting that Linda in "Death of a Salesman," Youth Art Exhibit
Williams uses, he is a master of Mildred Dunnock does a good Job
lucidity in this work. le pictures as the outlandish, emoting mother. Ann Arbor's annual Youth Ex-
an aristocratic family that is dom- As Brick, Ben Gazzara does a fine hibit will open at 7:30 p.m. Tues-
inated by its head and that u job in a difficult role that calls day in the Rackham Bldg. galler-
crumbling as the old man does for him to hobble around on a ies.
But It is thestory of this family, crutch for the entire play. Nearly 180 oils, watercolors,
not a commentary on the dying This production is superb the- crayon etchings and pen-and-ink
aristocratic South. ater. But so is the play. Williams drawings done by local young ar-
has more than shown that he is, tists will be displayed. Mobiles and
IN A superlative production, Elia with Arthur Miller, the best of three-dimensional works will also
Kazan shows again that he is American playwrights today, be featured.

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