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Art at the Intersection

"The best part was watching people look at it," says Jose Ojeda '07 (left) of Proregression, the sculpture he and Thuy-Tien Hoang '07 created together for the Hopkins Center Barrows Rotunda. Their work received plenty of attention while on display in the 360-degree exhibition space in October.

Proregression
Photo by Kawakahi Amina '09

Both studio art majors, Ojeda and Hoang conceived the multimedia piece as an exploration of the relationship between rural and urban worlds. The collaborative process also led to unexpected discoveries about creative tension: "We are both really strong personalities—at one point we were ready to give up and divide the space in two," says Ojeda. They persevered, and say that through shared opinions and compromises they achieved a final result that represented the talents and perspectives of both artists.

Proregression did exude a spookiness that Hoang says was unintended, but concedes, "If that's something that initially draws the viewer to look at the piece, I can't complain. However, my hope is that when viewers walk away, they are no longer complacent with their observation that it's simply 'scary.' Ideally, they'll be even more intrigued and filled with questions."

By SARAH MEMMI

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Last Updated: 5/30/08