Sunday, February 28, 2016

Post #6 Creative Writing Assignment

Agnes Martin
oil on gypsum board
48" x 72"

A short, fictional story I wrote in response to the above painting.

Remembering the rooms. It was evening. The sky was glowing.  She placed all the items in one place, but could not find them. The scent was heavy and the atmosphere was silent. Soon she would have to go. Leaving empty handed was not an option. She retraced her steps physically and mentally. She investigated all options, two-dimensional as well as three-dimensional. All the memories blended together. Everything was soft. The scent of night stronger. It would not be long until night blanketed her endeavor. 

Panique Productions (post #6, inspiration 3 of 3)

The Spanish art collective Penique Productions was formed in 2007 with the first inflatable project in the University of Barcelona. The group’s projects consist of color inflatables that fill up spaces erected by others, giving them a new identity. By blanketing the architecture using plastic and blowing fans, the space is simplified emphasizing the shapes and textures, ultimately generating a different atmosphere within the same structure. These installations inhabit the spaces temporarily and so far have occurred throughout Europe as well as in Mexico and Brazil. The group cite Christo as a major inspiration as well as contemporary artists Rachel Whiteread, Kimihiko Okada, Doris Salcedo, Tomas Saraceno and Ernesto Neto among others. And Em will be excited to learn that they worked with Maison Martin Margiela for Paris Fashion Week.
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Stitching on Felt (post #6, new work)

Indigo Dye (Post #6, Inspiration 2 of 3)

Indigo dye is a traditional Japanese staining technique. Recently however, advances are being made by merging the old and new, including the use of rich indigo tones for stylish fashion combinations and interior design. Indigo dye—which creates more beautiful tones with use—has not only taken root in Japan, but is also renowned around the world as ‘Japan Blue.’

Image and text source here

Pearls for Venus, Post #6, Inspiration 1 of 3

Pearls for Venus
Marleen B. Flory
link here

Friday, February 19, 2016

Visiting Artist, 2015

ART and FEAR (Post #5, writing response)

“The point is that you learn how to make your work by making your work, and a great many of the pieces you make along the way will never stand out as finished art.” Pg.6
“You make good work by (among other things) making lots of work that isn’t very good, and gradually weeding out the parts that aren’t good, the parts that aren’t yours.”  p. 26 What work have you made that seems most yours? Why?
Recently I have been making sculptures that hang in space. I feel these pieces are most mine (at the moment) because I have been turning this idea over and over in my head for a few years now and feel I have resolved it.

“Chances are that whatever theme and technique attract you, someone has already experimented in the same direction. This is unavoidable: making any art piece inevitably engages the larger themes and basic techniques that artists have used for centuries. Finding your own work is a process of distilling from each those traces that ring true to your own spirit.”  p. 103 Who are artists that are making work that relates to you?  Are there other influences? How are these other influences connected to your work?
Jennifer Pettus is an artist living in Colorado that I met while attending graduate school at CU Boulder. I can remember the first time I saw her work and how the work inspired me to make objects and drawings that had visual power while remaining elusive. Eva Hesse and Georgia O'Keefe are two artists whom I admired since a young age. I believe their influences are felt in my work through my use of materials as well as the sensual content.

“And while a hundred civilizations have prospered (sometimes for centuries) without computers or windmills or even the wheel, none have survived even a few generations without art.”  p. 104 Discuss, in your own words, why you think this is so.
 I think our survival depends on visual satisfaction. Visually we seek balance and this balance translates to beauty. We seek rhythm and balance with sound. We seek to please our taste buds with flavors and our sense of smell with pleasant and balanced aromas. Holding objects, as well as other human beings, completes our need to feel connected mentally and physically.

“Art is something you do out in the world, or something you do about the world, or even something you do for the world. The need to make art may not stem solely from the need to express who you are, but from a need to complete a relationship with something outside of yourself.”  p. 108 Which of these ideas resonates most with you? Why? If they all resonate, how do they differ?
The idea that resonates the most is to make art for others (the world). I am interested in historical origins and the discourse that results from discovery.

“Making art depends upon noticing things-things about yourself, your methods, your subject matter.”  p. 109
What do you notice about yourself? What are your methods?  Subject matter?  The answers do not have to be limited to art related topics.
I always need to be making things - making art, making food for a party, making space in the garage, making plans for trip, making assignments for my students. For me, "making" encompasses research, planning, construction and presentation.

“The only work really worth doing- the only work you can do convincingly- is the work that focuses on the things you care about.”  p. 116
“All this suggests a useful working approach to making art: notice the objects you notice.” Pg.101 What do you care about? The answers do not have to be limited to art related topics.

I care about making visual experiences. I thrive off of creative problem solving. I care about family and friends as well as being a good teacher and a good citizen.