By Gary Manier – Collegiate Staff
“Semblance” is a two dimensional photograph by Jose Rodriguez, a 22-year-old Grand Valley State University student.
The art can be viewed at Rockwell Republic, 45 S. Division Ave. The photograph is on the Republic side of the building, right wall, between a pair of booths. The photograph is of six people in white shirts and black pants wearing white, expressionless masks.
The piece was inspired by the study of sociology.
“I’ve taken some classes in that area and it’s interesting how people relate to one another and affect one another even if they may not know it,” Rodriguez said.
This is his first year participating in ArtPrize even though he’s been attending since the first year. Rodriguez believes ArtPrize is moving toward a “county fair” type of event.
“There are many things in it that, yes are cool to look at, but they don’t seem like something that should win $200,000,” says Rodriguez.
“I really hope that people start thinking about their identities and how people affect them,
Rodriguez said. “My piece deals with the way identity is shaped by others around you. People have more of an influence on our personalities than we’d like to believe.”
“It was interesting to get six very busy college students out into the woods to photograph,” Rodriguez said. “Originally, there were going to be more, but some of them cancelled on me. We all managed to find a time that worked for us and aside from that, everything was smooth sailing.”
If Rodriguez wins, he says he will pay off his college debts and move to his dream city Seattle.