The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 65, No. 38, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 4, 1981 Page: 5 of 8
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Wednesday, November 4.1981
THE NORTH TEXAS DAILY—PAGE 5
Occult art relates supernatural objects
Photo by BILL JONES
#7777 Spirit” by Hatz
Exhibit introduces concepts
By SUSAN THOMAS
“The Occult Object,” an exhibition
of art created by five artists, opened
Monday and will continue through
Nov. 20 in the University Art Gallery
in the Art Building.
The main objective of the exhibit is
to provide entertainment, ceremony
and personal development, Ken
Havis, director of the gallery, said.
Havis said the word “occult"
should not be misinterpreted. “Peo-
ple tend to overreact to this word,”
he said. “Most people don’t realize
that even the Bible is an occult object.
Occult is a very small part of the
The Merrian-Webster Dictionary
defines occult as “of or relating to
supernatural agencies, their effects or
knowledge of them.” The exhibition
fits into this definition, Havis said,
because "In art we receive inspiration
from the supreme power The work is
manifestations of our inspirations
from the muses.”
The work in "The Occult Object"
is considered art, because “humans
talk about inspirational experiences
with an object, and this is what the
artists in this exhibit have done,”
The objects created in the exhibit
are not only material objects, they in-
clude theater, dance, writing and
material objects, Havis said.
The exhibition provides a large
variety of types of art work. Artist
Ondyn Hershelle said her work, “A
Room f illed With Dolls,” is about
space being dematerialized and
energy hovering in space.
Havis said the art in the exhibit is
meant to introduce people to ideas.
"Through their art, artists help peo-
ple to change and accept change,”
Havis said. “We want people to un-
Hershelle said, “Exposure chops
away barriers and lets them accept
It is acceptable for today’s artists
to exercise much freedom in their
work, Havis said. "Artists are being
allowed to do what they want, in-
cluding making people accept change
through their art."
Hershelle said the role of artists is
bringing people together through art.
Bill Dodd said of his work, “I'm
interested in communicating certain
ideas of metaphysics.”
Dodd’s partner, Tom Nichols,
said, "I see art as a way of changing
reality." Nichols said that the
caveman had this same idea. They
believed writing on the cave walls
made thinas happen the way they
wanted, he said. “I believe art work
can have the same effect.”
Dodd and Nichols became
partners because Dodd works with
wax and Nichols works with metal.
Nichols said that working together is
also better with collaboration,
because it is more productive than
“I think there is a survival test
coming up that will depend on col-
laboration if artists are to survive,"
“The Occult Objects” displays the
works of Mary Hatz of Dallas,
Delmos Hickmott of Odessa, Dodd
of Austin, Hershelle of San Francisco
and Nichols of Austin.
Davis album reflects new energy
U> .11 LIE JEROME
Staff NS ritcr
Miles Davis’ latest release, “The Man
With The Horn” features NT alumnus
Bill Evans' syrupy saxophone and
Davis' experimental and well-known
The album, produced by Teo Macero,
is Davis’ first comeback from a period of
seclusion and a musical dry spell. Tunes
on "The Man With the Horn,” except
two, are welcome from Davis and reflect
the single-minded energy of his belief
that doing something new is better than
doing something old.
“Fat Time” keeps a slow, lazy beat as
Davis’ muted trumpet offers the listener
notes one imagines would describe the
functioning of a fat man. The easy
sounds of his trumpet advance the tune
into some strong guitar licks by Mike
Stern's funky guitar phased out
Evans’ flabby saxophone and gave the
entire song a funk sound.
“Back Seat Betty” produced glimpses
of rock 'n' roll. Davis’ trumpet caught
an image of a suggestive woman waltz-
ing down the street. A hastened drum
beat in the middle of the song helped
Davis' trumpet build anxiety.
“Back Seat Betty,” did, however, con-
tinue too long to the point of becoming
dull. Davis' trumpet moved to bland as
his motive seemed to be in style and
technique over the music’s context.
Toward the end of the tune, Evans
slips in some tight, funky soprano sax-
“Shout," written by Randy Hall,
Robert Irving and Glenn Burris and ar-
ranged by Randy Hall and Robert Irv-
ing, is a basic funk tune that features
I Fill's Mini Moog Synthesizer.
Bands combine concerts
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble,
Concert Band and University Band will
perform a concert at 8:15 p.m. today in
the Music Building Concert Hall.
The University Band, conducted by
Steve Paul, assistant director of bands,
will perform Edward Elgar’s “Enigma
Variations” and John Zdechlik's
“Chorale and Shaker Dance.” Teaching
assistant Becky Burkhardt will conduct
the band in William Schuman’s
"Dedication Overture" and Dello Joio's
The Concert Band, conducted by Dr.
Robert Winslow, director of bands, will
perform Claude T. Smith’s "Credence"
and Vincent Perichetti’s “Masquerade
I he Symphonic Wind Ensemble, also
conducted by Winslow, will conclude
the concert with John Phillip Sousa’s
“From Maine to Oregon," Gioacchino
Rossini’s "William Tell Overture" and
Peter Mennin’s “Allegro Tempestuoso”
from “Symphony No. 5," Winslow said.
Although Davis did not write
"Shout,” the tune lends itself to a clean
effort by Davis on some unusual
The album’s title track, written also
by Hall and Irving, eases into a jazzy
acoustic piano piece by Irving. Hall’s
only vocals on the album allow' the song
to sound too typical.
Hall’s Moog Synthesizer is tasty as
"The Man With the Horn" is the jazziest
piece on the album. Ironically, Evans
and Davis do little horn playing.
"Urusula," the final tune on the
album, is Davis' finest. The trumpet
shines as it kicks off a carefree begin-
An abstract drum beat by A1 Foster
and good strong bass sounds by Marcus
Miller help Davis build into the tune
some painful sounding notes. Evans’
saxophone begins as a slur and becomes
cleaner and tighter as Evans himself
seems to get wound up.
The strange beat and Davis’
emotional trumpet lets off some very
"The Man With the Horn” conforms
to a great deal of funk, basic funk
Davis' new album moves out of touch
with some of the essential aspects of
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Series plans programs
featuring mus, poetry
The University Fine Arts Series will
sponsor four more programs during the
1981-82 academic year: two singing per-
formances, one poet and a ceramicist.
The Gregg Smith Singers are
scheduled to perform Nov. 17, poet
Gwendolyn Brooks will be in the
Lyceum Feb. 25, ceramicist Peter
Voulkus will lecture and conduct a
workshop March l and mezzo-soprano
Jan DeGaetani will perform April 19.
Mary Yates, chairperson of the
University Fine Arts Committee, said
the committee has been offering
programs for 75 years, and its main
function is to provide programs with
well-known performers in the arts that
students of their profession will know.
Yates said the series is planned one
year in advance and said committee
members try to diversify the programs.
The University Fine Arts Committee
comprises faculty chosen by the Faculty
Senate. Those chosen are two from
music, one from speech and drama, one
from dance, one from arts and one
faculty member at large, Yates said.
Three student representatives selected
by the Student Association and two stu-
dents from the Union Program Council
are members of the University Fine Arts
Committee, she said.
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