Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
"Attention Artists! Perhaps you employ language in your work. You may be highly literate. But you don't have to say what your art means or even is about. Furthermore, don't do that. It's my job. You make the stuff. Let critics talk about it. Making is superior to talking, so you have the better end of the deal."
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye—This may be of great interest to those in the Portrait and Lighting class, especially for the upcoming portrait report and homage project.
"Heinz Bütler interviews Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) late in life. Cartier-Bresson pulls out photographs, comments briefly, and holds them up to Bütler's camera. A few others share observations, including Isabelle Huppert, Arthur Miller, and Josef Koudelka. Cartier-Bresson talks about his travels, including Mexico in the 1930s, imprisonment during World War II, being with Gandhi moments before his assassination, and returning to sketching late in life. He shows us examples. He talks about becoming and being a photographer, about composition, and about some of his secrets to capture the moment. Written by firstname.lastname@example.org" IMDb
Herb & Dorothy—Perhaps of note for lovers of contemporary art, and art historians in particular.
"He was a postal clerk. She was a librarian. With their modest means, the couple managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history. Meet Herb and Dorothy Vogel, whose shared passion and disciplines and defied stereotypes and redefined what it means to be an art collector. Written by Anonymous" IMDb
Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman—This movie may be interesting to a number of folks, from photographers, lovers of architecture, graphic designers (for the motion graphics utilized in the film), to those who just enjoy the modernist aesthetic.
"Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away this year, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California's modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images. Written by Owens/Rothschild" IMDb
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Check out my internship blog that is linked to the right. Also be sure to check up on the other internship blogs of this semester to see what some of your classmates are up to.
Monday, February 21, 2011
(language not suitable for all)
Scott Campbell addresses the growth and path of an artist, as well as the use of narrative in his work. Although known for his money cut pieces and holograms Scott started out in tattoo and still works under the name Saved tattoo out of New York. I laugh at the beginning of the video when he describes how he got to where he his by going all the wrong ways. It got me thinking (and in relation to an up coming art for lunch Unforeseen Visions) about what I wanted to be and how I got to where I am now.
It is funny because my parents didn't think I was even going to go to college let alone become a professor. I originally wanted to be in snow mountain recuse, then massage therapy, then graphic design, then ceramics and then printmaking, then woodworking and then kinda of all of it.
Scott Campbell also made mention of his history being in everything he makes. That is so true for better or worse.
So what was everybody "supposed to be" or how you got to where you are?
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Georgetown has had great success in the past at the Open with our students placing high in the rankings. There are NO ENTRY FEES, so there's also no reason not to apply.
The application form can be found HERE.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
|van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam courtesy Google Art Project|
Monday, February 14, 2011
This is an exhibition of tattooed arms in cases. They are a series of works on prosthetic limbs by Guy le Tatooer. For more images of the exhibition and some behind the scenes shots go HERE. I though these were quite interesting. It reminded me of what Scott Cambell said about tattoo, "it is the only art process where your medium has an opinion". So what do you think, fantastic or not so much?
Recently I watched a documentary called "Lives of the Artists". It was a beautiful film well worth the watch. But it brings up a common question of who can be called an Artist? The film tracks a snowboarder, a band, and 3 surfers. Would you consider any of these positions to be one held by an Artist? I personally get defensive over the term and title. Often times people say "oh my (so and so, brother/sister/friend etc) is an artist." Most times it is them trying to relate but upon further questioning I usually find that their so and so is expressing themselves artistically and not really an artist. I remember the big push years ago for Subway restaurants to call their sandwich makers "Sandwich artists", I could never take it seriously and if I was not supposed to I didn't like them using the term as a joke.
But this documentary actually opened me up a bit, I would never have called a snowboarder an artist but Xavier De Le Rue really had some of the most profound things to say about vision, line, and experience. The band Gallows, although not my personal taste in music had some great things to say about the position of the artist and their relationship with emotion. They see their band not as a permanent thing but as a body of work that has to end or else it becomes a mockery of itself.
So often the term Artist is thrown around when it should not be. I know there are many camps on this issue some seeing it as superfluous while some see it as a person issue of identity. I think back to a talk I heard as a student where the artist was definitely in the camp of personal identity and pointed out that we do not throw around other professions in the same way maybe since a large amount of the population do not value the position of the artist nor fully understand it. This speaker went on to say "If I made model bridges in my basement out of toothpicks would I call myself an engineer or architect? Then why does the person who paints out of hobby on the weekend get the title Artist?"(loose quote, it was a talk in 1999)
So what do you think? Do you think it is a matter at all?
Friday, February 11, 2011
To ART455: I have attended an excellent discussion this morning, entitled "Prophet/Profit: Hirst." I would like to highly recommend thoughts by Thomas Crow, Sarah Thornton (our text), Capri Rosenberg, Debora Silverman and others, for anyone interested in the art market and looking pass "art personalities." Crow, for instance, suggested strong ties to Richter and dot paintings. I am stating this in light of Kelsey's recent works and posts. Kelsey, by the way, very glad you dropped a note about your latest images. See painters Thomas Downing (60s, 70s), John Armleder (60s), along the way, too. But all of you, please take interest in the above mentioned writers and the related scholarship. I will make it a point to pass the abstracts onto you as soon as they become available. Also, I hope you had a good session with photographing and lighting your works (thanks Darrell). We'll discuss them first thing. Best wishes from the CAA's Centennial kickoff.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The itinerary is to leave on Friday and head to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in the afternoon and later that day travel to northern Indiana to stay overnight.
The next morning (Saturday) we will take the train into downtown Chicago and visit a few museums, eat some fantastic food, and perhaps do a little shopping. That evening we'll take the train back to the hotel for another night's rest.
Then on Sunday we'll pack up and head back to GC, but this time we'll cut through Dayton and stop at the Dayton Art Institute before finally arriving home.
Priority registration will open soon for Kappa Pi members, then for art majors/minors, then for anyone taking an art course, and then any GC student.
Cost of the trip is being calculated and will most likely be prorated along the lines of Kappa Pi members all the way down to GC students. Once we settle on specific lodging (which is in the works) I'll have details on final cost.
Looking forward to a great trip!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
The video link below is a well worth 3 minutes and 53 seconds of your life. (A beautiful video for House Industries.) The design work, fonts and all are hand done including this amazing segment of a pinstriper showing off his amazing skill. This got me to thinking about skill.
When I was in my first printmaking class I heard one of my mentors say to the class "whatever you see me do allow for 4 times the amount of time for you to do it". This has been illustrated in the furniture class I am teaching this semester. Right now they are making basic joinery which will soon lead into making final objects but right now they are making and re making dovetails and finger joints. I often find it funny when so many people expect it to come out right the first time since they saw it done and it looked easy, or they think it comes natural. I always see the black board in the drawing room when Boris teaches drawing and I see the letter forms and the straight lines he can draw with what appears to be ease. I am a super competative person and used to have a real problem with seeing artwork like Willy Verginer seen here
Saturday, February 5, 2011
I'm currently working on a new research post on my internship blog. It involves the work of this well known artist. Here is a hint:
Friday, February 4, 2011
A brief recap of the last night’s panel discussion of The Invisibility of Pictures at Hanover College. We were finally exposed to the “mystery” of Graham’s “mystery transfers” and to an answer to pop-question of Kincer’s necessity for outlines, although you had to listen closely. What an experience! I have only the highest praises for the Hanover College’s faculty, students and overall organization. I hope also that Gtwn students had a chance to visit and talk to their Hanover counterparts. (Thank you Deb for allowing the sit-ins in Life Drawing, much appreciated).
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
"Morell is a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and an Alturas Foundation Grant, among other awards. His work has been published in seven monographs and is featured in many other books. His work is included in the permanent collections of many museums, among them the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. He exhibits widely; last year alone he had solo exhibitions in Pingyao, China; Madrid, Spain; Wilshire, England; and San Antonio, Texas." UK Art Museum Website
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
|Above the Wall of Electrocution, 1989,||courtesy the artist's website|