Thursday, April 29, 2010
This was the invitation to the celebration honoring Marxhausen last year.
Here is what the text says:
a celebration of MARXHAUSEN
Reinhold Marxhausen, Concordia artist and Seward resident since 1951, will be celebrated at Seward's Rivoli Theater on Main Street Sunday, May 24, from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Showing Marxhausen films, "Findings," "Timelines," and "A Time to See," produced by Banker's Life and Nebraska NET. These films showcase Marx's artwork and his legacy in Nebraska.
Sponsored by: Seward Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Concordia University.
This invitation was kept as a souvenir by a local fan of Marxhausen's work.
Click on this thumbnail to view a close-up of the photo by Marxhausen used in this invitation.
Pictured above, one of my classmates tries out a sound helmet. It's a similar concept to the other sound makers Marxy showed Letterman. Pictured below is the same stereo doorknob set featured on that show.
Below, one of my classmates tries out a helmet with a similar concept.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Anne Marxhausen informed me that Reinhold often assigned his ceramic students to sculpt shoes out of clay. These are likely by his students.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Foyer-Past, Present and Future Life on the Plains
...In the arches, around the circular ceiling mosaics of the past, present and future, activities of society and all cultures are represented...
These six murals were added to celebrate the 1967 state centennial. Marxhausen was to only artist to create two for the Capitol, "The Spirit of Nebraska" and "The Building of the Capitol."
"Old Farmer" was written on the back of the photo and may be the title.
This photo is a bit fuzzy, but you can sort of make out these words:
Top: WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, FALL
Side bar: SKY, GROWING FIELDS, CROSS SECTION OF EARTH
SKY is written on the right side as well.
Center: SUN, SEED, CENTER (the second word is difficult to read, but I can make out the letters NOT and something else), COIN
Bottom: SEEDS, GROWING, HARVEST, FALL, PLANTING (?)
Anyone recognize this image?A self-portrait clay bust.
This piece was created with a lightning rod and glass ball insulator.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
This was commissioned by Gary Greinke, who was Assistant to the President of CUNE in 1973. He gave it as a gift to a member of Concordia's staff, Lynda Parde, to celebrate the birth of her daughter.
According to Parde, this is the symbolism of Marxhausen's piece:
The two black arcs represent the earth. The top arc is the old soil and the bottom glossy arc represents new soil that is fertile. Between the two arcs there are two forms with the one on the left representing the man and the one on the right representing the woman. The woman is with child and will soon give birth. The parallel explanation refers to seeds planted under top soil in fertile ground that will develop and will break through the outer surface of the soil into new plants when conditions are right.
This blog is the only place you'll be able to find some of these artworks.