Name: Preparatory Studies
Dimensions: 60 x 30 in. (152.4 x 76.2 cm)
Classification: Art on Campus Preparatory Studies and Maquettes
Credit Line: Commissioned by the Iowa Art in State Buildings Program for the Communications Building Project. In the Art on Campus Model and Maquette Collection, Christian Petersen Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Links explores the connections between people and technology. The panels revolve
aroundprocesses associated with all types of communication. Focusing on activities
specific to this building, Links incorporates signs, symbols and metaphors to create
dialogues about communication.
The left panel incorporates a satellite dish in a rural scene, referring to the roots
of Iowa State University as an agricultural-based institution. The right panel portrays
a futuristic communications tower and has a mysterious quality hinting at the
unknown. The center panels focus on communications hardware. The panels form a
grid and underscore the idea that numbers and mathematics are the bases for today's
communication. Influenced by Piet Mondrian, the colorful geometric compositions are
symbolic of energy, activity and music.
Jack Wilkes, a 1993 Drake University graduate with a Masters of Fine Arts in
painting, operates his own painting studio in Des Moines, Iowa. In the past he has taught
at Drake University, Iowa State University, Simpson College and the Des Moines Art
Wilkes has participated in more than 60 national exhibitions and has completed
more than 70 private and corporate commissions. He has received many honors
and awards for his work in painting and has served as an artist-in-residence, juror,
lecturer and workshop instructor. Articles about Wilkes and his work have appeared in
publications such as The Iowan, the Des Moines Register and Tractor Magazine.