Art on campus

Person crouching in bush covered with mylar blanketcom·mu·ni·ca·tion

Artist: Mami Takahashi
Exhibit dates: December 8 – February 13
Location: Dengerink Administration Building Gallery

For Americans who do not use English in their everyday lives, the United States is a borderlands barricading them from full participation in citizenship. Most of us cannot imagine this ordeal and believe, deep down, that if an individual speaks unconventional English, they cannot be an American.

The exhibition, com·mu·ni·ca·tion, by artist Mami Takahashi attempts to investigate the methods and meaning of alternative communication.

For the photographic works, Takahashi stated:

“The human body is a tool for communicating, and often, we have very little control over what our body tells others.”

In those performative photographic works, Takahashi explores the boundaries between the public and private self, the differences in social norms between cultures, and the expressiveness of the body. Takahashi uses herself as the subject in order to evoke the sense of alienation, displacement, and misunderstanding that occurs when one is between cultures; as well as explore the ways in which we unintentionally give away personal information through our actions and expressions.

The series of paintings, Title Will Be Here: Demonstrators’ Signs at New York Times abstracts protestors’ messages, pulling out their subjects and muddling their linguistic punch. These works monumentalize these neutralized snippets in silver leaf, subverting the balance between language and work that went into the originals and transmitting the text through the burning of the surface.

Baby doll and model of human earProfessional Effects

Exhibit dates: October 31 – December 23
Location: Library Display Cases

The "life of the mind" is often mistakenly cast as an internal intellectual pursuit only. But scholars have always used physical tools, and are sometimes even drawn to their respective fields because of these tools. These objects can have special bearing on how we perceive the world around us, or can be purely utilitarian instruments for executing research. In other cases, they are simply the way we communicate (teaching) to others about our fields of study. More broadly stated, they are our professional effects.

These unique items, characterizing a broad range of scholarly activity, will be on exhibit in the Library display cases from October 31 – December 23.


Entry to campus exhibits is free. WSU Vancouver galleries are open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205. Parking is available at parking meters or in the blue lot for $3.00.