For Art’s Sake

To be honest, I wasn’t all that excited to go see the For Art’s Sake show. It was a Tuesday and, after a long day of school, all I wanted was to go home and take a nap. I trudged slowly across campus, dragging my feet the whole way there while wishing I hadn’t taken this story. I expected a lot of great art — I’ve been to the show each year and it’s always been very impressive — but nothing grand enough to make me glad to have sacrificed my nap time to come.
I took back every negative thought I had before coming to the exhibition, with great ferocity, because I was stopped dead in my tracks before even entering the building. The entrance was repainted by a few of the AP Studio Art students with a flurry of vivid blues and whites, depicting jellyfish floating through the ocean. I couldn’t help but stand there for a few minutes, backing up to get a better look. The only word that came out of my mouth was “wow.” In fact, after entering the building and getting to the actual exhibition, “wow” was apparently the only word in the English language that I knew. Stepping into the art show had overwhelmed me and filled me with a sense of awe. It felt as if someone had grabbed me by the shoulders and, looking me dead in the eye, said, “This here is pure talent.” 
There was such a variety of art that I had a hard time knowing where to begin looking. The AP Studio Art students floored me — I couldn’t even choose a favorite piece. It seems almost unfair to mention a few of the art pieces and students I was impressed by; everyone had shown such a solid set of work. 
But what first caught my eye when I entered the show was Grace Yang’s (12) art. The nature and concepts of her art were just so intriguing, especially the pizza. Oh god — the pizza. Her artwork depicting a pizza with different facial parts as toppings disturbed me, but I loved it. And the pure technical skill of her pieces was equally astounding. 
I finally tore myself away from that wall, only to soon find myself glued to another. Jacki Li (12) showcased a number of paintings that, at first glance, look like they were done digitally. In fact, even after multiple glances it still looked like digital art because her work was so cleanly done. Her brushstrokes were impeccable. The only thing that prevented me from buying absolutely everything Li had painted was the hollow reminder of my empty wallet. It was infuriating that there was all this magnificent art around me that I didn’t have the funds to buy, especially because many of these artists were offering their works at such low prices — at the quality of work that they were presenting, they could have easily demanded a few hundred more for each piece. 
I kept wandering around the art room, going back and forth from wall to wall. Some pieces from Carolyn Chu’s (11) exhibition looked so realistic that they could have passed for photographs — the amount of detail put into each piece was unbelievable. Hajung Song’s (12) paintings also left a deep impression not only because of the level of detail, but also because of the novel concepts of the paintings. 
It may sound like I’m exaggerating, but this article doesn’t even do the presented pieces justice. It was well worth the lost nap time. Wishing I could stay longer, I dragged my feet all the way out the door — before pausing to stare at the mural for a few minutes longer. 
If there was one negative thought that I was left with after leaving the exhibition, it would be the fact that I now felt absolutely screwed about signing up for AP Studio Art next year. 

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