Thursday, December 16, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
So my drawing teacher showed us this video a couple of weeks ago and since then I've watched it like a million times, It really helped me understand what all the teachers here have been talking about when they talk about "FAILING"; because i hate to fail and it just feels horrible but i benefitted a lot from watching this and i thought some of you might too. It's ten minutes that are really worth watching.
1. The Wizard of Oz (The Technicolor version, not the original black and white.)
3. Wim Wender's Wings of Desire
Please take note of the use of color in each film.
Also, please keep in touch with your collaborators. Share information and research related to your proposed collaborative project on the blog. Be ready to work on it on the first day of class of the Spring Semester.
Best wishes for a restful and rejuvenating break, and a good start to 2011.
Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT, COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. For a trailer of the film, visit: http://www.wastelandmovie.com/index.html
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Keith Tyson was the winner of the 2002 Turner Prize. "His work is concerned with an interest in generative systems, and an embrace of the complexity and interconnectedness of existence. Philosophical problems such as the nature of causality, the roles of probability and design in human experience, and the limits and possibilities of human knowledge, animate much of his work. Tyson works in a wide range of media, including painting, drawing and installation."
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
If you knit and would like to share your knitting know-how, please join us in Introduction to Fiber, Wednesday December 15th from 6-8pm in Room 206 in the Station Building. (Second floor, and to the right when you come up the stairs.)
Bring your knitting needles and yarn. If you would like to teach some of the intro students, please come at 5:30, so all the 'teachers' can check in.
Questions? Email Valeska
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
In searching for examples of Margaret Kilgallen's work (since we spoke of her while looking at Katie Doherty's "Limitless" piece), I stumbled upon this fantastic art blog that features some really fascinating and very contemporary work: Artsauce
Monday, November 29, 2010
|Rachel Whiteread "House”, 1993 concrete, (destroyed)|
|Rachel Whiteread "Sequel IV”, 2002, Plaster, polystyrene and steel, 31.9 x 29.5 x 9.8 in|
"Reception and interpretation of Whiteread’s objects focus on the themes of recollection, past and present, private and public sphere, loss, and death. The viewer searches for signs to explain the vague feeling inside, tries to discover personal traces of the inhabitants in the spaces, or projects his or her own visions into it. But the uniformity of the plaster or concrete blocks interferes with the narrative- memory-induced character of the constitution of the space. This context also implies the theme of loss and death. With the solidifying of spatial volumes, the possibility of being becomes lost: homogeneous, solidified space ceases to reveal the identity of its inhabitants." excerpted from the site of Kunsthaus Bregrenz
|motifs for Victorian Hair jewelry|
|Intricate Hairwork bracelet with 14K Gold|
Hair jewelry functioned as a keepsake of the dead and as a memento mori, a reminder that death was an ever-present possibility; the wearer was constantly reminded that she should lead a good life because death could strike without warning. Often a wearer would add more hair pieces to a glass-covered brooch when additional relatives or friends passed away. Hair jewelry was not always worn to commemorate the dead; lovers also wore pieces made from the couple’s hair. From HISTORY OF HAIR JEWELRY IN VICTORIAN AMERICA, Curated by Amy Karoly referenced on http://inyourfashion.blogspot.com
One way many women mourned and expressed grief at the loss of a loved one was in sewing. One such woman was Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell. In 1836, she began stitching a graveyard quilt (also known as a cemetery quilt or a memorial quilt) in memory of her son, John V., who had died in 1836 at the age of 2. She later added her son Mathias (Bub), who died in 1843 at the age of 19, to the quilt. The graveyard on the quilt top is in Monroe County, Ohio. It was the way she wanted to make sure the family would not forget the location of the graves of their two sons as the family had moved to Kentucky. - from the Highland Museum and Discovery Center
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Here is some of Martin Puryear's latest work of art. These twopieces are particularly my favorite because they look completely different from his phallic-like organic forms. It is a perfect combination of modernist geometry with intentional craft.
Earlier in the year I tried to upload some pictures of the bally posters and now I figured out how to do it. I love these images because it employs such an interesting way of seeing the figure in relation to the shoes. There is a complexity within the simplicity.
Monday, November 22, 2010
|Fra Angelico's San Trinita Altarpiece|
|Asafo flag of the Fante people, Ghana|
|A Turkish farmer in a traditional felt kenepek|
|Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain in California|
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Here's a link to the Ace Gallery- which shows a lot of Tim Hawkinson's work. He deals mainly in self portraiture and with different ways to represent the human body.
I added an image of my favorite of his pieces- the bird skeleton made out of fingernail clippings. He uses an intimate part of the human form that is normally discarded to create an extremely detailed sculpture. A little gross, and amazing, all in one.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Week 13 Nov. 22
Share Artist Response Piece (Group A)
Artist Talk: Kat Seabright
Visiting Artists: Hoesy Corona and Sam Shea (Copy Cat Theater)
Week 14 Nov. 29
Share Artist Response Piece (Group B)
Prepare for Collaborative Play Time/Project
(what materials will you need)
Week 15 Dec. 6
(due date for Picasa portfolio/Journal)
(Make your 4x4" Artwork Gift)
Week 16 Dec. 13
Closure (Sharing of Gifts)
|Venus of Willendorf, circa 25000 - 20000 BCE|
|Caves at Lascaux (Hall of the Bulls) circa 17,000 BCE|
How would you define 'art' or 'art making'?
|Hans Silvester's photo of a child in the L'Omo Valley, a region on the borders of |
Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I just happened to come across the artwork of Richard Coleman online. His work is very geometric, usually with triangles involved. He also had neat ink drawings. Some of his work is a bit perverse, though it's always humorous - perhaps because of the bold use of color and overall outlandishness of the piece.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Cao Fei is a 21st century director and photographer who also works extensively on an online gaming website called 2nd Life. Most of her works revolve around the younger generation of modern China and the emotions they are experiencing.
P.S. this is the video that I got my Cao Fei clip from... and I found it very interesting to watch... check to see if your artist is in this video~~
Monday, November 8, 2010
For more information about the show, visit http://weekly.citypaper.com/Events/e130962/emDarb_TVem