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The de Saisset Museum highlights the power of the handmade artifact

In some current art discourse, reality and art, nature and culture, are assumed to be in opposition. Some theorists go so far as denying that art can represent life at all. This is simply restating, in effect, the old cliché that art should be a complete, accurate representation of reality— that paintings should aspire to be photographs (or virtual reality). Art is, of course, a symbolic and artful selection from life— not life itself. Three artists now on exhibit at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University demonstrate the continuing power of the handmade artifact updated with unorthodox, non-traditional materials and contemporary working methods.

Seeing Green: Oil for Breakfast

What did you eat for breakfast this morning? I posed that question to my Santa Clara University students last Friday during our late-morning lecture on the human population and its many impacts. I was pleasantly surprised: fully three quarters of the class had actually eaten something. As to what they had eaten, their answers were…