University Museums

Title: witness of an order
Name: Photograph
Date: 1995
Medium: Photograph
Dimensions: 21 x 13 5/8 in. (53.3 x 34.6 cm)
Marks: Signature of artist on matt.
Classification: Photographs
Credit Line: Gift of Donna and Howard Irvine. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: um95.34
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The strong public art tradition at Iowa State has always fostered an environment for intellectual stimulation and dialogue, encouraging individuals to respond to their aesthetic surroundings. In 1995 the University Museums launched an innovative project which chronicled one artist's visual responses to the Art on Campus Collection at Iowa State University. Photographer King Au was commissioned to reinterpret the collection for the exhibition, "Interpretations of the Interpretations," pushing the envelope of dialogue to include visual language. This work of art was inspired by "Left-Sided Angel" by Stephen De Staebler, located at the Parks Library on ISU campus.

The photograph is Au’s transformation response to an artist in a different medium. His response connects the art being looked at to the art being used as transformative.