Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
(Virgil Marti's "Bullies" in collaboration with the Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1992/2001)
Virgil Marti is "a Philadelphia artist internationally known for inserting high décor into fine art contexts. His installations, rich in humor, satire, shrewd observation, and questionable "good taste," work through a vocabulary of architectural history, pop art, and craft." (from the ICA Philadelphia website). The image above shows a flocked wallpaper he designed using images from his high school yearbook. It was initially installed in a bathroom (floor to ceiling) and illuminated by black light. Here is a link to some of his more recent work.
Squeak Carnwath has a specific style about her work which combines personal elements with universal themes. Her paintings typically use both text and abstract fields of color. Many of her pieces express spiritual and political concerns. Though painting is her preferred medium, she also is an accomplished printmaker. She also creates tapestries, artist books, and mixed media works. I love the use of bold color in her work and how her works feel extremely personal - as if I'm peering into a private sketchbook.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
A wall of supplies in the Spiral Q workshop.
Puppets in the Spiral Q warehouse (above and below)
Brittany, one of our excellent tour guides at the Fabric Workshop, showing us around the silkscreen studios.
Stripes. Stripes. Stripes. Erin, Cornelia, and a few friends from Philly in front of the Temporary Contemporary.
Nick Cave was born in 1959 Missouri. He received his bachelor's degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and studied dance in Alvin Ailey. He received his master's from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. He is currently a professor and chair of the Fashion Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He utilises many decorative and found objects to represent human condition in the social and political realm. He makes references to African ceremonial costumes and masks. he attempts to open up views to many cultures and examine personal and cultural identity in relation to the world.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Please remember to bring $5 for Spiral Q, $3 for the Fabric Workshop and singles for the Septa Subway, as well as money for lunch (or a brown bag).
See you all at 8:45 am on Saturday morning in front of the main building!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
This week marks the beginning of the High Zero Festival, the premier festival of Improvised, Experimental music on the East Coast, fully devoted to new collaborations between the most inspired improvisors from around the world.
The festival brings together 28 core musicians each year, but also involves a much larger subculture of musicians in Baltimore and on the East Coast. Unlike many related festivals, High Zero is not narrow in terms of sensibility or subculture, but rather widely inclusive of all the different types of experimental music-making in the moment. The fact that half of the festival's core participants are from Baltimore speaks to the depth of Baltimore's experimental music subculture, which in recent years has grown to be one of the richest cities in the country for experimental art.
Polyurethane Foam, Epoxy Resin, Wood, & Acrylic Lacquer
5'5" x 8" x 4'
Trisha Brookbank got her BFA in Syracuse University and is currently living in Miami, Florida. Her work is divided into separate bodies of work and in each body of work she explores and expands different ideas and concepts.The piece above is part of her "Hybrids" series, this series contain Sculptures, Gestures, Drawings, and Installations; She developed in over the course of three years.
As you guys MIGHT have noticed i am very inspired by people around me and people I interact with regularly, I was lucky enough to be part of the only class she taught, which was in my high school. While in her class we didnt always see eye to eye, in fact she horrified me with just the way she critiqued (say punch, sit on, or throw sculptures to 'test' that they were constructed properly) but i do feel i've learned a lot from her. i actually found her work a year after her class and was just amazed by it, especially her "hybrids" series. The image above is actually the first piece i saw and i stumbled on it in a gallery not knowing she would be in the show. Now I find her work very inspiring and often look at it when im stuck on projects.
On Monday, we visited the Load of Fun on North Avenue. Melissa Webb was our extraordinary tour guide to this artist space. We visited Melissa's studio, as well as those of Carrie Fucile, Mara Neimanis/Inflight Theater, Jimmy Joe Roche and Sergio Martinez. Thank you to all the artists who gave so generously of their time. Following are photos from our visit.
Bill Morrison, artist lecture
Followed by a screening of 'Decasia' at 7pm
Artist lecture with filmmaker BILL MORRISON.
Bill Morrison’s films and videos have been screened in theaters, museums, and
concert halls worldwide, including , Lincoln Center, Museum of
Modern Art, Royal Festival Hall, , Tate Modern, and
Walt Disney Concert Hall. Morrison is a Guggenheim fellow and has received
the Alpert Award for the Arts, an NEA Creativity Grant, a Creative Capital
grant, and a fellowship from the Foundation for . His work
with Ridge Theater has been recognized with two and an Obie
Morrison's landmark film DECASIA (2002) will be screened following the
Monday, September 20, 2010
Audrey Kawasaki is most known for her soft, sensual, and super detailed figure paintings on wood. Her works are both eerie and beautiful, capturing raw beauty within the female figure. She was a Fine Arts Painting major at Pratt Institute for two years and has been successfully selling and exhibiting all over the globe. Her technique feels flawless and her subject matter is strong yet delicate. Audrey Kawasaki takes painting on wood to a whole new level.
- Jenny Acosta
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Nathan Vincent's work is all about the connection between the object & what it's made of. In the series of work on his website, he deals with gender issues and what it means for objects to be masculine or feminine. "It critiques the stereotypical gender mediums by creating 'masculine objects' using 'feminine processes' such as crochet, sewing, and applique."
Mark Newport is an artist who puts a spin on his own dynamic object: the superhero.
He alters the way we view these well-known characters through the material he uses to recreate them. By building each suit out of knitted yarn, he challenges us to look at the idea of a strong savior in a different light. He continues this juxtaposition of soft and chiseled through his performance pieces, which often include knitting himself (a middle-aged, slightly chubby man) into these superhero suits that were originally worn by the muscular role models of every little kids childhood. I love his work because its really unconventional and quirky. Plus, yay knitting!