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GALLERY: Politics in art at OU

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A close up of “News from Golgonooza” - the mural under Seigfred.  The artist, Aethelred Eldridge, filled the mural with references to history and literature. This was explained by Barry O’Keefe, a graduate student who renovated the mural this summer. (Photo by Heather Willard)
A close up of “News from Golgonooza” – the mural under Seigfred. The artist, Aethelred Eldridge, filled the mural with references to history and literature. This was explained by Barry O’Keefe, a graduate student who renovated the mural this summer. (Photo by Heather Willard)
The risers under the Seigfred echo images from the opposite mural.  Only certain stairs were restored this summer, and the rest were painted gray, according to a press release from the Ohio University College of Fine Arts.  The area used to be a legal area for graffiti, and past students regret its disappearance. “[It] was a great resource,” O’Keefe said. (Photo by Heather Willard)
The risers under the Seigfred echo images from the opposite mural. Only certain stairs were restored this summer, and the rest were painted gray, according to a press release from the Ohio University College of Fine Arts. The area used to be a legal area for graffiti, and past students regret its disappearance. “[It] was a great resource,” O’Keefe said. (Photo by Heather Willard)
The left sculpture frames part of the bigger mural, echoing its themes.  “[Eldridge] is equal parts poet and visual artist. His writing and images tend to be apocalyptic and biblical,” O’Keefe said. (Photo by Heather Willard)
The left sculpture frames part of the bigger mural, echoing its themes. “[Eldridge] is equal parts poet and visual artist. His writing and images tend to be apocalyptic and biblical,” O’Keefe said. (Photo by Heather Willard)
The right sculpture stands out against the natural landscape around Siegfred.  O’Keefe explained that the sculptures had been in bad shape and poorly documented, so much of the text was not recoverable. (Photo by Heather Willard)
The right sculpture stands out against the natural landscape around Siegfred. O’Keefe explained that the sculptures had been in bad shape and poorly documented, so much of the text was not recoverable. (Photo by Heather Willard)
The entire mural is striking in its contrast against the familiar brick of OU. “The current Seigfred mural seems to orbit around the relationship between children and fathers, new generations, experience and inexperience, ignorance and wisdom and the ways those categories get mixed up,” O’Keefe said. (Photo by Heather Willard)
The entire mural is striking in its contrast against the familiar brick of OU. “The current Seigfred mural seems to orbit around the relationship between children and fathers, new generations, experience and inexperience, ignorance and wisdom and the ways those categories get mixed up,” O’Keefe said. (Photo by Heather Willard)
The painting under the bridge leading to the ridges echoes the patterns used in the “News from Golgonooza.”  Eldridge’s art is filled with “wordplay, puns and subtle jokes,” O’Keefe said. (Photo by Heather Willard)
The painting under the bridge leading to the ridges echoes the patterns used in the “News from Golgonooza.” Eldridge’s art is filled with “wordplay, puns and subtle jokes,” O’Keefe said. (Photo by Heather Willard)
The painting under the bridge leading to the ridges echoes the patterns used in the “News from Golgonooza.”  Eldridge’s art is filled with “wordplay, puns and subtle jokes,” O’Keefe said. (Photo by Heather Willard)
A close up of the art work in the tunnel shows a style similar to the Seigfred mural’s characters. The College of Fine Arts referred to Eldridge as a “legend around campus.” (Photo by Heather Willard)
Even from the entrance of Ellis Hall’s first floor women’s bathroom the graffiti is visible.  Large letters draw the reader in, leading toward the bulk of the art. (Photo by Heather Willard)
Even from the entrance of Ellis Hall’s first floor women’s bathroom the graffiti is visible. Large letters draw the reader in, leading toward the bulk of the art. (Photo by Heather Willard)
An anonymous writer penned the popular hashtag “Yes all women” in the first floor bathroom of Ellis Hall.  The hashtag is used to empower women in various professions, life situations and bring awareness to sexism in society. (Photo by Heather Willard)
An anonymous writer penned the popular hashtag “Yes all women” in the first floor bathroom of Ellis Hall. The hashtag is used to empower women in various professions, life situations and bring awareness to sexism in society. (Photo by Heather Willard)
The handicap stall in the first floor bathroom features the majority of the graffiti, dating back years and quite possibly decades.  Jenna Puhala, an art student at OU called Ellis’ bathrooms “a real life open forum,” and praised the freedom of speech and anonymity it allows. (Photo by Heather Willard)
The handicap stall in the first floor bathroom features the majority of the graffiti, dating back years and quite possibly decades. Jenna Puhala, an art student at OU called Ellis’ bathrooms “a real life open forum,” and praised the freedom of speech and anonymity it allows. (Photo by Heather Willard)
An anonymous writer raises the question of freedom of speech, adopting a carpe diem-like attitude.  Many of the writings in the bathroom echo this sentiment. (Photo by Heather Willard)
An anonymous writer raises the question of freedom of speech, adopting a carpe diem-like attitude. Many of the writings in the bathroom echo this sentiment. (Photo by Heather Willard)
A visitor writes their support of former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, sparking a debate between about several authors. Ron Paul is most famously known for his presidential campaigns, first with the Libertarian party and then with the Republican party. (Photo by Heather Willard)
A visitor writes their support of former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, sparking a debate between about several authors. Ron Paul is most famously known for his presidential campaigns, first with the Libertarian party and then with the Republican party. (Photo by Heather Willard)
A visitor pens a definition on the stall wall, bringing up the heated debate on feminism. (Photo by Heather Willard)
A visitor pens a definition on the stall wall, bringing up the heated debate on feminism. (Photo by Heather Willard)
Commentary condemns today’s society and praises individual expression.  This attitude has become increasingly popular, and has even been studied by lexicographers, like William Safire, as a way of expressing American culture, as was written by the New York Times in March. (Photo by Heather Willard)
Commentary condemns today’s society and praises individual expression. This attitude has become increasingly popular, and has even been studied by lexicographers, like William Safire, as a way of expressing American culture, as was written by the New York Times in March. (Photo by Heather Willard)
Most of Ellis’ graffiti are quotes from famous people, popular songs or common sayings.  The quote from Einstein was written on one of the stall doors and has been used often to criticize today’s education system. (Photo by Heather Willard)
Most of Ellis’ graffiti are quotes from famous people, popular songs or common sayings. The quote from Einstein was written on one of the stall doors and has been used often to criticize today’s education system. (Photo by Heather Willard)
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One Comment

  1. Oliver

    October 15, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    “Fuck old white men”. Oh yea, thats beautiful art. Ironically right next to “Feminist : a person”. I guess people are only people if you agree with them. Try replacing “white men” with any other race and see how long it takes to get shut down and expelled for hate speech. You know what, my father is an old white man, so fuck you.

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