Artist visits his Weisman exhibit

Hindsight is Always 20/20 - Weisman Art Museum

Tara Sloane

Hindsight is Always 20/20 – Weisman Art Museum

Art is about giving people new ways of seeing and in this case hearing as well. R. Luke DuBois, the artist behind the âÄúHindsight is 20/20âÄù exhibit currently on display at the Weisman Art Museum, visited Minnesota this weekend from his home in New York City for the âÄúHearsightedâÄù event, which showcased his work as well as a musical performance. âÄúIâÄôm blown away,âÄù DuBois said about seeing his 43 prints on display. âÄúIâÄôm super happy, this is the first time IâÄôve seen it.âÄù The works are composed to look like eye-charts, with the most frequently used words from each presidentâÄôs State of the Union addresses in the place of letters. âÄúPeople donâÄôt think about the words politicians use,âÄù DuBois said. âÄúI wanted to do something using their words.âÄù In order to make his pieces, DuBois, who is also a software programmer, made a computer program that would pick the top 66 words from each of the 43 presidentâÄôs speeches. DuBois said he got the idea to use eye charts while watching CNN. âÄúI was watching a pundit talk about how everyone judges a presidentâÄôs vision, so IâÄôm testing their vision,âÄù he said. In addition to showing his visual prints, DuBois also gave a musical performance that, much like his pieces hanging on the wall, analyzed speech and voice. Dubois and a friend, New York vocalist Leslie Flanigan , performed for event-goers. Flanigan sang into a microphone and Dubois analyzed and changed her voice on his computer. The show, named âÄúBioluminescence,âÄù is âÄúabout things you can do with your voice,âÄù said DuBois. In addition to the sound, DuBois also displayed a video âÄúdrawingâÄù of her voice. Christopher James, the communications and event director for the Weisman, said the musical performance added a lot to the viewerâÄôs experience of the prints in the exhibit. âÄúEven when heâÄôs doing visual work, [DuBois] says he is a composer. It gives a lot to the viewerâÄôs experience to hear music,âÄù James said. In addition to the performance by DuBois, University students were also given an opportunity to perform as well. Mike Duffy, a music masterâÄôs student , âÄúplayed his computerâÄù on Saturday night for event-goers in the WeismanâÄôs gallery. Duffy, who preformed for about 20 minutes, said he presented recordings from the environment or around the house and transformed them into processed music. Duffy compared his work to archeology, and said that he âÄúfinds the music in everyday sounds.âÄù In reference to DuBoisâÄô exhibit, Duffy said âÄúdata is what you make out of it.âÄù Junior Jason Bihn, who works as a security guard at the Weisman, said he enjoyed how the exhibit associates words with different eras of history. Bihn said his favorite print is the one of George Washington, whose top word was âÄúgentlemanâÄù. âÄúThereâÄôs not much visually,âÄù Bihn said, âÄúbut thereâÄôs lots to think about.âÄù