Amy Blakemore and Sarah Williams’ exhibition was beautifully selected and designed. The artists’ works complement each other very well, despite that their approaches are very different. Their subjects are generally ordinary objects but the care and time that they put into composing and portraying these objects offers a unique perspective. Neither artist alters the setting beforehand, working with the found objects in front of them.
Sarah Williams chooses small hometown structures as the focus of most of her paintings and each piece in the gallery consisted of such. Amy Blakemore’s interest lies in how people arrange things. She claimed that she used to take photographs of people’s front yards because she was intrigued as to why they would arrange it in such a way for others. Light is a crucial element of both women’s works. Illuminating things is “a way to stop the viewer”, said Williams and in agreement Blakemore added “it allows us to stare.” Each piece holds a reference to the presence of people, but none are incorporated into the scene. Williams’ eerie works appear to represent the moment before something occurs while Blakemore’s soft and lonely prints represent the moment after.
The second movie installment of The Hunger Games trilogy was impressive and exceeded what little expectations I had. This is coming from one who has not read the books but casually enjoys the story. I took my time seeing the first movie, which I finally got around to within the last couple of months and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I wish that I had seen the movie earlier, but I had been inexplicably indifferent towards the film. This is why I have elected its sequel to view in the theater and use as my victim of critique.
The plot of Catching Fire seemed to follow the basic structure of most, but it was in no way basic in other aspects. The actors executed their roles flawlessly, there was not a time when their actions or dialogue felt unnatural. I think each of them suit their roles well, from an unbiased perspective. One is able to relate to the characters and accurately sense their feelings and thoughts on the situations that are being portrayed. Several times I found myself at the edge of my seat wondering what twist the movie would provide and willing it to hurry as the anticipation was making me anxious. Lighting in the scenes was dramatic and effective, especially the dreary colors in the districts evoking a sad and tired emotion. The special effects were also realistic and were not overwhelmingly unnatural.
Quite a bit of ground was covered within the time of the film but it did not quicken the pace too much. I appreciate how the filmmakers were able to incorporate so much of the storyline without sacrificing quality. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire left me satisfied for the time being, but the taste of Katniss’s intense emotion at the end left me yearning for its continuation.