Thursday, September 30, 2010
The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen Artists who've influenced you and that will ALWAYS STICK WITH YOU. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.
1. Paula Santiago
2. Judy Chicago
3. Marc Chagall
5. Kiki Smith
6. Frida Kahlo
7. Gina Pane
9. J.M.W. Turner
10. Andy Warhol
11. Helen Frankenthaler
12. Richard Serra
13. Jose Clemente Orozco
14. Marina Abramovic
15. Teresa Margolles
If you're reading this, consider yourself tagged. List your 15 in the comments section. Hit it!
Image: Paula Santiago, Ch’ulel, 2000, rice paper, hair, blood, wax, marble
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
You might recognize Bierut from his part in the Helvetica documentary. He's the guy who says, "Drink Coke, period." However, you may not know this (yet), but he's also a partner at Pentagram, a major design firm, as well as a founding member of Design Observer, a fantastic blog featuring essays and ideas on design. In fact, 79 Short Essays is a collection of his writings posted on Design Observer over the years.
The essays cover a wide array of topics and ideas, from Massimo Vignelli's New York Subway Map to why he hates the ITC Garamond font. Each one is pretty short too, so their quick and easy to read. And for a type nerd like myself, I enjoy that each essay is set in a different typeface, sometimes for specific, content-related reasons.
So if you get a chance, hurry over to the LRC and check it out. (Yes, literally and figuratively.) And in the meantime, hear a word from Michael, himself.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
I have always found this attribute amazing and quite scary. We have this tree in our front yard that was was planted the same time as every other tree in our neighborhood and we have always wondered why i was growing so slow and why it is not as big as the others on our street. Yesterday Holly (my wife) may have found a reason.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Alumni and soon-to-graduate-seniors take note:
Leah Noce, mailto:Lnoce@MOUNTVERNON.ORG> Mount Vernon, George Washington's Estate is seeking a Special Events Assistant within the Office of Special Events; Interpretation & Events Division. Please forward a resume, cover letter and salary history/requirement by email to: email@example.com, by fax to 703.780.8320 or by US Mail to POB 110, Mount Vernon, VA 22121.
Linda Norris, mailto:linda@RIVERHILLPARTNERS.COM, The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, New York, is seeking a *Curator of Education and Public Programs* to develop and implement the institution’s educational goals and initiatives. The key areas of responsibility include the interpretation of the Museum’s historic building, Hyde House, the permanent collection, and changing exhibitions; overseeing an active Museum docent program and community engagement efforts; and other interpretive and educational efforts for all ages and target audiences. The position reports to the Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programming.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Some great opportunities to get involved! Interested? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. I am doing a community arts activity - “A Drive-Thru Art Show” at the Spot Light Festival (Triangle Park). I need volunteers to help supervise as the kids paint on banners that will eventually be hung downtown. I also need help getting the participants to answer a question about art, document their answer and take their picture. October 16- 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Museum Go Round. I will be offering a free children’s activity at museum go round (downtown). Volunteers will assist children in making a craft.October 22, 28 and 29- Isaac Murphy- Everybody reads project 10 a.m. – 1ish. I am working with 3rd, 4th and 5th graders from Booker T. Washington. The children will be coming out to the Museum for visual and literary arts activities. I need a few volunteers to assist myself and another leader in conducting the activities. October 30- Fall Festival- 1 p.m. - 4.pm. We are having a fall festival on the Museum ground that is free to the public. Activities include a Trunk-or-Treat, face painting, pumpkin bedazzling, bean bag toss, costume contests and much more. We would love any volunteers to help with set up, helping run a particular activity during the festival and break down. If you are available for all or any of the time let me know. November 6, 13 & 20- Jewelry Workshops- 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. I will be teaching jewelry workshops to 15 and older (usually adults) If you consider yourself any bit crafty then this is for you! I will teach you the projects (they are simple, I promise) and then you will teach a group of about 6 on the day of the workshop.- you get to take home your projects from the practice day and the day of the workshop- about $40 of jewelry!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
What happens to you when you look at great works of art? Okay, let me rephrase the question: does anything happen to you when you look at art at all? I feel amazingly refreshed and excited when I am in the presence of very good art; I feel something when I am in the presence of art, period.
There's an historical precedent for an exagerrated version of this phenomenon. It's called "Stendhal Syndrome" as noted in this article from London's Telegraph. The term is rooted in the eponymous author's feeling or rush from seeing Renaissance masters when he visited Florence in 1817. Consider that the 19th century had no shortage of light, feeble, and consumptive personalities --- many who contributed richly to the fabric of the humanities, particularly the fine arts and literature of the time. It makes complete sense that the condition would be named after one such character, Monsieur Marie-Henrie Beyle, also known as Stendhal.
Those suffering from Stendhal Syndrome are known to evidence "rapid heartbeat, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations...[when] exposed to extraordinary artistic achievement, whether it is paintings or sculptures." Clearly, this is not a harmful condition, however, the effects "are serious enough for [subjects] to require treatment in hospital and even antidepressants."
Researchers this summer performed tests to root the existence of this condition and its effects. I'd be interested to know their findings. It doesn't take another researcher to tell me how I feel in front of art. I deeply recall a specific moment of awe: I was sitting in the Print Room at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and gazing upon Raphael's self-portrait. In all of my life, I had never seen (and likely will never again see) a more beautiful and expressive work. This is one of my "art moments" where I very likely may have swooned! How about you? I am interested in hearing from our art friends. How does art make you feel? Do you swoon in the presence of a master's work?
Side note: I find it frustrating and altogether abhorrent that Stendhal Syndrome has been said only to exist in the presence of painting or sculpture. What about other art forms? To me, there is nothing more palpable than an installation. Take a gander at Joyce Ogden's work. Exquisitely charted and expertly displayed, it's "swoon-worthy." If you've not seen it in person, she's got 53.93 on view in Louisville.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The reason I mention this is that I have the fortunate opportunity to be showing work in the exhibition. I have a small series of photographs depicting somewhat disintegrated U.S. currency with all the graphic structures and political undercurrents that go along with them.
There are also a few related events...
Show Dates: September 11-October 23
Reception: Friday, September 24, 6-9 PM
Artist Talk (I'll be speaking): Thursday, Oct. 14, 7-8 PM
Closing Reception: Friday, October 22, 6-9 PM
Hope you can make it to see the work.
Prof. Darrell Kincer
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
In her recent blog, Come Curious: The Artists Look, Katia Zavistovski refers to a 1976 essay titled “Art as a Cultural System,” by anthropologist Clifford Geertz. According to Zavistovski, Geertz states that 'the perception of something important in either particular works or in the arts generally moves people to talk (and write) about them incessantly.' In previous blogs, I have encouraged conversations about art experiences happening right in our own (back) yard.
My experience of art this weekend in my neck of the woods included a well attended reception where I encountered many individuals I knew; I engaged in people watching, grazing the buffet line, etcetera. I also spent time looking at the works on view, especially what appeared to be giant, bronze sculptures from the street (attractive to me because of my recent dealings with a lot of heavy metal), but which upon closer examination I discovered were actually created from foam. (Talk about patina!) But by far the best part of the evening was talking about art, especially with the artists who made the work.
Here are a couple of photos from the opening reception for Portrait of a Horse: The Exquisite Equine exhibition in the Wilson Gallery.
Monday, September 20, 2010
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Sunday, September 19, 2010
Mary Cassatt, Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, 1878
We've spent the last two weeks in my Modern class discussing the Impressionists. We read Richard Shiff's essay "Defining 'Impressionism' and the 'Impression'" and have thoroughly discussed (read: beat to death) the idea of the artist's impression of the world, their vision, and their subsequent translation of that vision to the viewer.
One of the things I (and everyone else) love about Mary Cassatt is her ability to capture a moment. Whether it's a moment of tenderness, of intimacy, or even of sheer boredom, her vision of the world was such that it allowed her to translate and give to the viewer these glimpses into the smallest instance of true expression.
When I saw this image of my new niece, Natalie, I immediately thought of the Cassatt painting above. I was, again, struck by the kind of truthfulness that she captures in her paintings. And the idea of "truthfulness" took me back to Shiff, who identifies the "impression" as the theoretical means by which the late-19th century artist arrived at a sense of "truth" or "knowledge." According to Shiff, developments in positivistic thinking, optics, and psychology led to a greater recognition that the idea of "absolute truth," or the ability to completely know a subject, was gradually replaced by an emphasis on individual experience and perceptions that rendered "truth" a more relative experience. Hence, the Impressionists presented their experiences or "impressions" of their own truth, that spoke not just of the world around them, but of how they understood the world around them. Or, as Shiff states: "Whatever truth or reality is represented must relate to the artist himself [or herself] as well as to nature. Indeed, one might say that the artist paints a 'self' on the pretext of painting 'nature.'"
I wonder, then, if it's not this balance of the natural world and the self that makes us value the Impressionists the way that we do. Inundated by commercial reprints, innumerable blockbuster exhibitions, and countless commercial products, Impressionist works remain some of the most recognized and enjoyed examples of Western art. Perhaps it's because Impressionism represents a specific moment in time, before more esoteric versions of Modernism, when art maintained a delicate balance between a connection to the natural world, innovative techniques, and a dedication to the "self." But when I look at Cassatt's Little Girl in a Blue Armchair next to the photo of Natalie, I can't help but think that it's not only the artist's "self" that is on display here. I see the "truth" of knowing and loving a precocious 3-year-old girl and that has given me a renewed interest and a greater appreciation of the Cassatt painting. As a spectator, I see something of my own world and, in the end, it's my own "self" that Cassatt has captured in the painting.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Also, Caliesha Comely and Victoria Engelhardt tell you how to "immerse yourself in the arts" on campus, and Jonathan Balmer takes on the new Ke$ha album.
Check it all out at the link below:
Thursday, September 16, 2010
An asterisk alerts the reader to additional material. For example, early books on connoisseurship contain an asterisk or two along the side of the page, thereby performing the function of a footnote and inviting the reader to gloss material elsewhere on the page (marginalia or footer content). While this is a very helpful (and neutral) function performed by the asterisk, more often than not, this symbol connotes a fall from grace. The little character deposited above the "8" key on your computer has maimed the records of baseball legends as much as it has destroyed the credibility of celebrated artists. Here, I am thinking of Mark McGwire and Pete Rose as well as Shepard Fairey and Damien Hirst. Now, the New York Times wants to add Ernest Withers to that list of notorious figures with an * next to their names.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Luckily, Netflix suggested four movies that I greatly enjoyed, not only for entertainment, but also for inspiration, education, and enlightenment. But if you don't subscribe to Netlix, don't worry. All four are now available in the LRC. And here they are in no particular order.
Although you may not know who Milton Glaser is, you certainly know his work. Most recognizable is the "I (heart) NY" logo. I first heard about him by watching Helvetica when Paula Scher talks about how she admired his work at Push Pin Studios. Glaser is a classic designer—it's certainly worth knowing about his work, ideas, and influence.
Before I was an art major, I took a trip to NYC with my college's art department. Along the way, we went through Philly and stopped to see the Barnes Foundation. Little did I know about all of the politics and battles going on for this incredible, formerly private, collection. Art history majors, this one goes out to you.
This movie is somewhat like Helvetica, but more about advertising campaigns. And not just ordinary ads, but the most memorable ones of all time. The idea is that finally someone came to the conclusion that they should put the writers together with the artists to better design campaigns. Some memorable ones: Volkswagen Beetle, Nike's Just Do It, Apple Macintosh, Reagan's re-election TV commercial.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
I remember being in between college and Graduate school and having these same feeling about all of my belongings. I graduated in the Fall after staying an extra semester so I sent out my graduate applications and moved to Washington DC from Florida.
Not knowing where or if I would be going to graduate school, I loaded everything I owned into a
Friday, September 10, 2010
Here is the bigger picture of the Biennial. It is the largest and one of the most exciting contemporary visual arts events in UK. Within the time frame of September - November, Liverpool sees hundreds of thousands visitors, and with 960,000 visits last time around in 2008, it makes one of the best-attended art events in the world. Some of the highlights consist of The Internationals, (http://www.biennial.com), The New Contemporaries (http://www.newcontemporaries.org.uk), The John Moores Painting Prize (http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/johnmoores/jm2010), The Independents (http://www.independentsbiennial.org), amidst many others other fringe events throughout the city. For me, this city is the perfect host for such an event: Mersey River, the coast, the music, the past, but especially the people. Since I flew-in yesterday, everyone at View Two has been wonderful. I can’t thank them enough, from Chris Boyd (his dad in particular) for hard work and treating my work with utmost care to James&co for hospitality, I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Even with fast paced artists’ ins-and-outs at the last night’s VJ performances/screenings (as well as during project’s preparation), I had a chance to spend time and talk to most of the artists involved. And I was also glad to have roved around the Liverpool galleries with Masahiro Tomioka today, as he is off to Japan tomorrow. In fact, most of us will scatter this weekend, so I did manage to record some thoughts for the Culture Pool Artist talks and I will try to make myself available in the future, technology permitting. Somewhere still between jetlag and the newness of it all, I am excited to be part of this gutsy, magnetic as well as fluid group of artists here. Cheers from Liverpool--
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Litigation concerning Egon Schiele's
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
The links to his mass fame and superhero status were attributed to his advertising wit and genuine hard efforts. But I cant help to cast a parallel relationship to a beautiful documentary I just viewed called "Confessions of a Superhero" Available for free viewing HERE. Defiantly worth the time to watch. The film tracks 4 "actors" that make a living posing as famous superheroes. They walk Hollywood Boulevard posing for pictures with tourists working on tips alone. It is incredibly interesting and at the same time a bit sad. But it forced an interesting comparison of defining "work", especially within the entertainment industry. I am always amazed at the salary of movie entertainers working 3 months a year and I have no doubts that if Houdini ran into the Hollywood Boulevard superhero it would not end well for the superhero in a costume. The more I have read about Houdini the more I respect his efforts (separate from his personal life) and the more I think about the characters on Hollywood Boulevard the more I am saddened by their choices.
I once had a student go abroad and bring me back a gift, it was a quote from a local shop that sold hand made goods. It translated as "I earn my living". I thought it was a beautiful line. I believe both Houdini and the Hollywood Boulevard superheroes would argue that they do just that. But I would bet they would disagree with each others definition of earn.