This past Sunday, some Grommet team members ventured into Boston to stroll through the "Public Art Walk" where you have the ability to walk freely in and out of people's personal art studios and exhibitions. There were many beautiful pieces of art, rich with colors, textures and stories. One exhibit stood out to us, as it touched on the important subject of education and the artist did a particularly good job of detailing his passion for the issue throughout his exhibit. Above the Standard is an art exhibit created by Boston Public School Teacher, Ari Hauben. His solo art show depicts the detrimental effects of the increasingly standardized and mechanized worlds of education and society. Read more about Ari and his exhibit here and view some of his most beautiful pieces below.
Mr. Hauben's exhibit was full of different pieces of art that were made out of things you would find in the classroom. In addition to being beautiful works of art, they were representative of Mr. Hauben's feeling on the standardization of education. As you walked in, you even saw a chalkboard where you could write the name of your favorite teacher!
This floor may look as if it's littered with papers on it, but it's actually the floor itself and part of his art! Mr. Hauben took MCAS (standardized testing) papers and used them to create the flooring. This artwork is suppose to signify the need to wear down the old standards as more and more people step on them.
Mr. Hauben also had a series of old desk tops and morphed them into beautiful pieces of art. Can you believe something so innate and boring could be re-created into something so artistic?
Mr. Hauben also used pencils many places, and below you'll see the beginning of the letter "A" for Above the Standard.