Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Inspirational Fashion Designs

Hey Guys,
I was doing research for my final drawing project and I found these really great fashion designs that have inspired me to work with watercolor. I also thought Jen B. would find them really great too. Some of them are modern and some are contemporary.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Marry the night by Lady Gaga

I really like this video! I hope you guys aren't procrastinating as badly as I am.... Enjoy!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Chris In-uh-ho-suh

Duane Michals
Duane Michals

Nicolas Nixon

Rebbeca Horn



Duane Michals

Here a few images I found inspiring. Im so excited to start this series of work. Hopefully these images will work themselves into a cohesion for you guys lol, they seem so random. I look forward to everyone's work have an amazing Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

100 Minutes with Sarah Brousseau

So as I said in class, I went for a round about walk to the Station Building and after arriving the Station Building I realized I rushed to get there, and didn't care or pay attention to how I got there. I realized that I worry too much about getting to a specific place, and getting there as quickly as possible. So I retraced my steps, from Station to Main, and paid attention, seeing things in my environment. And here is my little poem about what I saw and thought:

I have to consciously tell myself to slow down.

Even slow my thoughts down.

Time shouldn’t matter.

Waiting to cross North Ave. the wind whips my face,

it’s so raw against my skin.

I see red roses, they remind me of Jan.

I see an uprooted plant, laying over on its side.

I notice the houses, but don’t think much of them.

I think I see coffee grounds in someones garden.

I touch them, I smell them.

I still can’t tell.

I see a rotted out tree with a plant growing inside.

It’s the earth living in the earth.

I wish I could record my thoughts.

They travel so quickly, I can’t capture them.

My fingers are frozen, gripping my journal.

I see a road behind Main.

It looks scary, but I go anyways.

I try to walk on the sidewalk, but it has trees and telephone poles taking up the space.

I guess it’s simply a space between a wall and a road.

I see people walking through my path.

People carrying giant triangles and singing.

I have a red hand to cross the street, I go anyways.

I don’t stop for cars, and they don’t stop for me.

It’s like an unforgiving relationship, we both hate each other.

A guy just put a cigar in the cigarette butt trash,

it’s still smoldering.

Everyone is in Decker... I don’t want to be near them.

I’m having fun by myself.

The cigar guy is in front of me and he smells like smoke.

Where is there an empty?

Writing this I still feel rushed.

And here are some photos from today! Enjoy :)




Pictures that inspire me! Sophie Stoerkel

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Visceral/Body

Chris had mentioned Olivier de Sagazan in class. I was looking at the work and noticing a similarity with the work of Jan Svankmajer and clear correlations with the work of JJ McCracken.
Jan Svankmajer's Dimensions of Dialogue stop motion film.
JJ McCracken's Hunger performance

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Rubia, Thursday, December 8, 7-9pm Main 110

Greetings All ,
The non profit organization Rubia will be visiting our campus on December 8 to talk about their work with women in Afghanistan.

From their website:

Rubia’s programs address poverty through livelihoods, education, and health.

Named for a red root used to dye yarn, Rubia is creating new traditions in textiles by translating the heritage and skills of Afghan women into sustainable livelihoods.

All aspects of the development and implementation of Rubia’s programs are rooted Afghanistan, using community members at all levels to help build the economy and capacity in their home region.

Embroidery is the heart and soul of traditional Afghan textiles.

Traditionally, embroidery has been women’s handwork, done at home, between domestic chores, to enhance their surroundings. Rubia integrates these traditional elements with the new benefit of earning an income while maintaining fragile elements of their textile heritage: plant dyes, natural fibers, and designs drawn from ancient Afghan tribal patterns.

Sew Don’t Grow

Alternative livelihoods are the key to Afghanistan’s social and economic recovery. Subsistence farmers who had supported their families with poppy cultivation are now seeking other means of economic empowerment. Poppy flowers and other designs embroidered by women in the valley of Darrai Noor provide a legitimate source of income, a new tradition in textiles.

Here is the flyer:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

TODAY!!! Fundraiser for the United Way of Maryland!

I just received this call for work f
rom one of my former students. The work will be sold to raise funds for the United Way of Maryland. Money will be used to provide Thanksgiving Day meals for families in need. The work is due by 5pm on Thursday (wwaaaah! TODAY) in the office of student activities.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Kelly Dobson, Wed Nov 9 at 7 / Falvey

Artist and engineer Kelly Dobson will present her work in the realms of technology, medicine, and culture. Dobson is the department head of the digital/media program at the Rhode Island School of Design, and her areas of investigation include voice, identity, prosthetic social extensions, public performance, re-appropriation of domestic appliances, new materials innovations, and companion machines. Dobson explores the relationship between people and machines, and is developing a method of personal, societal, and psychoanalytical engagement termed “Machine Therapy,” a response to the overwhelmingly pervasive effects of machines in everyday life. For more information, visit her website here.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Phantom Limb's Production

An up and coming puppet company in new york presents their latest work 69 South, about the failed Shackleton expedition to Antarctica, reviewed in the New York Times this past weekend.

Kate McGuire

This artist is really awesome!!! Check her out.

-Sophie Stoerkel

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Multi Media Artist Nadine Byrne!!!

Here is a link for more about the work of Nadine Byrne !

Monday, October 24, 2011

For Ro Ro

Thought of your video when I saw this video installation of Nicola Constantino's. Her other work is also very fascinating.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Just something little, but it'll make a big impact.

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
-Charles Horton Cooley


Hennessy Youngman

If you can take it, watch the extremely (funny and) critical work of Hennessy Youngman. Warning - he is going to mess with your head and he may offend you. He is clearly well read and has a 'show' on a variety of aspects of contemporary art practice. This one is on "Relational Aesthetics". You may agree, or disagree, but sure enough he makes some very insightful points.

Follow up after Today's Class!

Attached are some links and images related to our conversation in class today:

Martha Rosler's classic "Semiotics of the Kitchen"

Nanaproject's website and videos of their live projected animations (shadow lantern shows) at the Great Halloween Lantern Parade:

and just for kicks, Royal Deluxe!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Some Inspiration for Everyone :)

Today in class Valeska spoke of Charles LeDray's work. He manipulates fabric into these interesting sculpture-esque figures. Definitely a good source of inspiration for the Object Project in particular. Check him out here: http://www.speronewestwater.com/cgi-bin/iowa/artists/record.html?record=20

I'm not sure exactly if everyone got to meet the WONDERFUL Alessandra Torres today, but her work is an amazing source of inspiration for me personally. It's definitely worth a peruse or two, and if you get the chance please read her "Artist's Statement".Dean, I think you would really love her terrarium's! Her work can be found here: http://alessandratorres.com/

Check out Andy Denzler's work his use of texture and line-making in paintings is amazing. It causes this sort of distorted blurred effect. Cara, your piece in class really reminded me of him so definitely check it out. Here's the Link: http://www.andydenzler.com/html/paintings-01.html

Anyways, I hope everyone has an Enjoyable fall break and Ill see you guys later!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011


This event is being organized by S.O.S. (Students of Sustainability at MICA):

Join us for the Right2Know Sustainable Living Roadshow Event at MICA in Baltimore!

Between October 1st and October 16th of this year, marchers from all across the country will be walking from New York City to the White House, in Washington DC, demanding National labeling of all Genetically Engineered Foods, in what has come to be called the GMO Right2Know march. On October 13th, the Right2K...now March is teaming up with the Sustainable Living Roadshow to organize an all day Sustainability Festival and rally for national labeling of GMO’s. Please come out to learn, share and explore while supporting the marchers and demanding National Labeling!

The event will take place at MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art, and will be filled with workshop’s, ongoing live music from local and national bands, key-note speakers, art projects, puppet shows, the Conscious Carnival, a Solutionary Showcase, Compass Green mobile educational green house, Eco Info booth and much more.

Music and Performances - (more TBA soon!)
- Human and the Human Revolution: http://www.thehumanrevolution.org/
- Saratone: http://saratonehome.org/
- Conscious Carny Ballyhoo!
- Big Tadoo Puppet Crew

Speakers: (Full List of Speakers Coming Soon)
- Joseph Wilhelm, Co-founder and President, Rapunzel
- David Bronner, President, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Documenting Your Work with Dan Meyers
Wednesday, October 5th
Falvey Hall

Discover how to take great photographs of your work with the help of professional photographer, Dan Meyers, who has extensive experience photographing fine art. Join us for a overview of digital equipment, a demonstration of shooting situations designed to easily control light and some straightforward steps to easily edit your images in Photoshop. By the end of this session, you will have some easy and effective techniques to make top quality digital files using the camera equipment you already have.

Monday, October 3, 2011


Did you know that all MICA community members -- students, faculty, and staff -- are able to take advantage of the Baltimore Collegetown Shuttle? This is a free shuttle that can help you get around town, and includes stops at Baltimore hot spots such as Charles Village, Towson Mall, Target, etc. All you need to do is swipe your MICARD when you get on the Shuttle. The Shuttle's hours are posted on the website but typically start early to mid morning and run into the evening, with extended late night hours on the weekends. Over the summer, Baltimore Collegetown has made several changes to the Shuttle to enhance your experience and help you plan your trips. We want to share these changes with you and encourage you to consider taking the Shuttle. To start, be sure you know where the Colltown Shuttle stops on campus - right in front of the Brown Center. There is a sign at the bus stop. The easiest way to find out when the next Shuttle is arriving is to use Nextbus technology on your smartphone (see below). You can also visit the website to review the schedule. Updates:

New routes: The Collegetown Shuttle is now comprised of two routes – Blue and Red. Some of the destinations on the Blue route include Towson Mall and Charles Village/Johns Hopkins. Some of the destinations on the Red route include Towson Mall and Towson Place (Target, Wal-Mart, Michael’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc). BOTH ROUTES STOP AT MICA AND AT TOWSON TOWN CENTER. Only the Red route stops at Towson Place. For a map of the Shuttle Route, visit www.BaltimoreCollegetown.org/shuttle.

Get downtown every day: At Penn Station, catch the Charm City Circulator, a free bus service that serves the downtown area seven days a week. You can visit neighborhoods such as the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, Fell’s Point, and many more using this service. Visit www.CharmCityCirculator.com to learn more!

Enhanced tracking system: There is now Nextbus technology which allows Colltown Shuttle riders to track the shuttle on the web or on their smartphone. Go to the Collegetown Shuttle website OR text “nbus collegetown [stop number]” to 41411, or call 410.834.2835 to get real-time information about the location of the shuttle. Note that the MICA stop number is 409.

You also have the option of using the various transportation options available through the MTA, including light rail. Click here for more information about schedules and routes.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Kate Gilmore, Oct 6, Falvey Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Kate Gilmore’s work explores themes of displacement, struggle, and female identity. She is the sole protagonist in her performative videos, in which she attempts to conquer self-constructed obstacles.

For this work, Gilmore’s obstacle is a tall column made of sheetrock which she tries to climb by kicking and punching holes into its walls. As in most of her work, Gilmore’s attire is at odds with the brute physical labor she performs. She works through the limitations imposed by her feminine clothing—high-heels and a polka-dot dress—with sheer muscle power and desperate determination. Shot in one take, the outcome of her endeavor is unknown before the performance begins. Gilmore’s tragicomic displays posit physical situations as metaphors for conflicts and social obstacles women face today.

Teemu Maki, BBox, Thursday, Oct 6 at 5pm

Teemu Maki,
The Future of Art, Thursday, Oct 6, 5pm. BBox
Finnish artist Teemu Mäki, Ph.D. Fine Arts, is an extraordinary artist for many reasons. Since 1986, he has had 45 solo exhibitions in seven countries, though none in the United States. His work will be included in the Contemporary Museum's 2012 series of Finnish exhibitions. His work takes many forms: video, multimedia installation, theater and painting, and he almost always works collaboratively, whether to make the art or to generate content. He has interviewed prostitutes to uncover their motivations for being prostitutes, and he has worked with immigrants to understand what it's like to be a minority. In Finland, he's considered a provocateur given his collaborative methods and his forthright approach to investigating overlooked social conditions.

Liz Lerman's Critical Response

Dear People of the Elements,
I mentioned Liz Lerman's Critical Response process in class today and wanted to provide you this link to more information about the process.
Great critiques (and work) today!

Monday, September 26, 2011

WILD LIGHTS with Laure Drogoul!

On Thursday, September 22, Laure Drougoul visited our class and talked about her work, including the 14 Karat Cabaret, illuminated objects and amplified/interactive technologies! We were so lucky to have this incredible artist spend her Thursday afternoon with us! Here are pictures, including the fabulous illuminated lanterns you all built from recycled materials! For more information about the upcoming Halloween event, click here!