Friday, December 21, 2012

I see elements everywhere


Here are some things that reminded me of y'all 

 Ok, this actually didn't remind me of anyone, it's just cool. They're safety pins!! This was at the Anthropologie in the Chelsea Market in New York.

On the ceiling of the Blue Moon Cafe in Fells Point, this pipe cleaner bird cage totally reminded me of Kay.

A bench in Harbor East. Did you crochet this Sam?

At the Anthropologie in Rockefeller Center. It kinda looks like Sam's final project! Well, the wood structure at least.

Inside a compartment of the wood structure, this furry piece looks like it could've been made from some of Aleixis' alpacas!

 Janelllllleeee! PAPER FRINGES. THAT LOOK LIKE LEAVES. ON A TREE. Once again, at Anthropologie.

At a night market in Union Square, I had to take this picture for the puppeteers of the class-Valeska and Livvy! What do you guys think of these?

Sorry some of the pictures are hard to see!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Documenting Work on the Body & Performance

Consider combining a close-up (detail shot) and full body shot in one slide.

From the High School portfolio of Elise Wunderlich:

For performance, consider showing the progression of the performance in one slide, if video is not feasible.

Also take a look at:

The work of Francis Alys

The work of Kate Gilmore

The work of JJ McCracken

or any artist with whom you share an affinity.  Short and concise statements or titles can help explain and clarify the work, as can a materials list.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Though the work is very different, I thought Sugiura Yasuyoshi's interest in realism and subversion/transformation of materials related to Kristen's exploration of soap carving.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Material Accumulation

We already looked at the work of several artists who use accumulation and repetition to transform our understanding of a material (or re-Present it to us in a new way), or where the accumulation of material over time has strong metaphoric significance. Here are a few more examples:

 A traditional nkisi figure (Congo), 19th century:

Coins nailed to a Washya Dyo or Danteshwori shrine in Kathmandu (to alleviate toothaches)

Pipe Cleaner sculptures of Trevor and Ryan Oakes:

The work of Lauren Clay:

 Judy Colella:

Olivia Lee:

 and the work of Petah Coyne:

Shinique Smith,

Emily Nachison,

and Marjolein Dalinga:

Thursday, September 27, 2012


8:45 am // Bus leaves Main Building
11 am    // Bus arrives in Philly
11-1:00 // at PMA (independent)
1 pm // meet at the top of the Rocky Steps (front of PMA) and walk to Reading Terminal Market
1:30  // Reading Terminal Market // lunch
2:15 // Meet at 1214 Arch Street (Fabric Workshop)
2:30-4:00 // Fabric Workshop and Museum
4:00-5:15// possible stop at Rollins Building galleries
5:30 walk back to PMA and bus 
6:00 pm Bus departs PMA for MICA
8:00 arrive in Baltimore (Drop off at Main, Commons & Meyerhoff)

Please wear comfortable walking shoes, food or a snack for the way home (something that does not need to be refrigerated), and your journal or sketchbook and a camera, if you have one.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The hugely influential Czechoslovakian stop-action animator Jan Svankmajer's 1965 short film "Games with Stones" can be viewed here

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Hey guys! You should really check out this link! Really amazing color paintings.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ingrid Bachmann
Wednesday, March 28, 7 pm
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Ingrid Bachmann’s work exists at the crossroads of the technological, the generative, the performative, and the corporeal. Using both redundant and state of the art digital technologies, Bachmann’s projects create visually rich, immersive and interactive environments—spaces of encounter activated by the viewer—where various interactions and interventions can take shape. By combining responsive textiles, found objects, performance garments, and sculpture, Bachmann creates situations, circumstances, and systems that generate their own dynamics, contingent on the viewer’s presence and participation. In doing so, her works invite the viewer to negotiate materiality, performance, presence, and the haptic. Bachmann is a founding member of Hexagram: Institute for Research and Creation in the Media Arts in Montreal, Canada and the director of the Institute of Everyday Life. Her talk is part of the Fiber Department’s Mixed Media Series.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Interesting video about education, especially if you went to an American public school.


its also on my Facebook if this link doesn't work.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

For Gingi and Moon and ALL!

Came across this work and immediately thought of our conversations in critique today:

"Penelope", a recent exhibition by Tatiana Blass, is a storied installation. Borrowing its name from Greek myth, "Penelope" is a tribute to the power of love and the praxis of weaving.
Built to fill the Chapel of Morumbi in São Paulo, Blass has displayed a large pedal-loom at the altar. Attached is a intricately woven, red carpet that extends to the courtyard; red, to signify both power and nobility, as recounted in Greek legend.
Blass’ installation aims to connect the internal and external worlds of belief through a web of tangled wool, yet it is unclear whether the carpet is in the process of being woven or unraveled (as goes the tale of Penelope).
On the opposite side of the loom, the threads run wildly; a matrix of red yarn envelops the exterior gardens, further confounding our perception of space and place. Merging the religious with the architectural and the enigmatic, Blass is deeply interested in “the abstract.” She conceals as much as she reveals, blending complex stories with elaborate textile creations.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Color Codes - Exhibit

Thought you all might find this exhibit interesting:

The HTML Color Codes exhibition features a selection of internet based artwork that address the topic of digital color. The central question that the exhibition poses is whether or not artists working with the internet are in fact limited to a “ready-made” color palette, a premise that many artists working with film, photography, and mass produced, standardized paint sets have assumed. The rationale for this question stems from theories of perception that argue that color is a not ready-made object found in a paint set or machine, but rather it is an experience that results from a complex process of light interacting with the retina and human nervous system.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Some artists I've found interesting recently...
This is Susanna Starr
And this is Chloe McCormick

Hope you find them inspiring :)


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Call for Work

Area 405 is sending out these 2 calls for entries and the deadlines are coming up! - Please help us spread the word!

On Loan is a student exhibition and will be Juried by Sarah Tanguy.
Sarah Tanguy is an independent curator and critic based in Washington DC. Currently, she is also a curator for Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State. Her essays have been widely published to include Sculpture Magazine, American Craft, Metalsmith, The Washington Times,New Art Examiner, and Readers Digest.

This call is open to all media but is limited to students currently enrolled in an AA, BA, BFA, MFA program within 100 miles of Area 405 and is free to enter.

Full details for this submission and the paperwork needed to enter are in the "on loan prospectus.pdf" attached to this email.

The deadline to enter On Loan is Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 5pm (note all submissions must be received by this date - this is not a postmark deadline)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Documenting Your Art Work

We will talk about documenting your artwork, for your own records and for the purposes of submitting to Competetive Scholarships this Spring and other opportunities to come. To get started, I wanted to share these wonderful great tutorial videos created by MICA and featuring Dan Meyers, who teaches the 'Documenting your Artwork' workshops here at MICA and is a professional photographer.

Of course, this leaves out performance or site-specific/installation work. A trickier beast! We will discuss this more in class. Also, please note these dates on your calendar immediately, if you have not already done so:

"Documenting your Work" Workshop with Dan Meyers in Brown 320 on Wednesday, January 25 from 2:15-3:45

Competetive Scholarships are due on February 1 at 4pm. Here is a link to the online application.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Nick Cave's Sound Suits

Hello Elements class! I hope you have all been having a great break!
While I've been home I was able to visit the Nick Cave exhibit at the Taubman Museum of Art. The exhibit is called "Meet Me At the Center of the Earth" and is a collection of soundsuits and polar bear sculptures. For the soundsuits he uses found objects such as buttons, vintage toys, and figurines while also making suits of human hair. The polar bear sculptures and forms used for taxidermy covered in sweaters and pullovers.