Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
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
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 :)
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
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.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I just received this call for work from 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
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
-Charles Horton Cooley
Thursday, October 13, 2011
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
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
Wednesday, October 5th
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
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.
Monday, September 26, 2011
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!