Friday, September 25, 2015

Martha L. McDonald, Artist

The Weeping Dress

Craft Victoria
Melbourne, Australia
March 10 - April 21, 2011

Featuring Craig Woodward on fiddle

The Weeping Dress was a performance and installation arising from research of Victorian mourning rituals.  During a woman's first year of mourning, nothing she wore could reflect the light.  That meant wearing wool bombazine or crepe, which didn't hold the plant-based dyes so color ran from the fabric in the rain and heat, staining her body.  I am fascinated by how this public performance of grief was experienced in such a private and corporeal way.  I constructed a period mourning dress out of black crepe paper that I activated in performance to release the fugitive dye and leave a stain, or trace behind. The transformation of the dress and the stain it leaves behind suggests presence, absence and our own impermanence. 

Above images and text from McDonald's blog. Link here

Jackie Langfeld, Artist

This piece by Langfeld is an example of how you can use materials such as cardboard and twine to construct a form for the Body Sculpture Happenings assignment. Image source link here

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Janine Antoni, Artist

In Loving Care, 1992

Yoko One, Artist

Cut Piece, 1965

Sachiko Abe, Artist

Japanese artist Sachiko Abe sits atop a building in a white gown, cutting countless sheets of A4 paper into thin, wispy strips. The performance piece known as Cut Paper is both calming and mystifying. Abe sits for hours on end meticulously shredding paper whose cut feathery strands measure a mere 0.5mm in width. She first began this practice while in a mental institution over 15 years ago because it proved to be a calming activity—an alternative form of meditation.
The performance artist's serene depiction has a strong element of surrealism that makes the spectator feel like they've entered into an alternate universe. There is a pillar of fine-cut paper that looks like a fuzzy icicle and makes it seem like we're all walking on the ceiling. From this tower, there is a trail leading to the artist, cutting away at her paper. Adding to the dreamlike effect of the live show, Abe's scissors are connected to speakers that amplify the cutting sound as you draw closer to the artist.
The piece is reminiscent of Yoko Ono's performance art entitled Cut Piece in which she invites spectators to cut pieces of her clothing off of her, though Abe's art is less physically interactive with the audience.
Above images and tex from My Modern Met.

Observing 3D, Assignment Guidelines

Bring to class five small scale items.
Each item must have width, height and depth.
So that items are manageable for transport, all items should fit in a grocery bag.

  • Paper - may use any type of paper (at least 5 pieces of paper). Can use alternative surfaces such as cardboard, tracing paper. Keep tone of paper white or low value neutral.
  • Size of paper no smaller than 8 ½ by 11. Can have various sizes.
  • Ink set (in your kit if you bought kit). 
  • Brushes
  • Pens/pencils/eraser
  • In addition to traditional approaches, alternative methods such as stitching or relief construction are also options. So bring needle and thread and glue/scissors. You can also cut out the paper and collage all info or cut out areas of negative space. You can can collage/glue on actual textures. 
  • Don't forget the five objects. If you can bring a few extra. 

Create an information sheet for each object. The following information will appear on one sheet of paper for each object.

1.     A detailed, developed drawing of the object.
Depiction of color optional in the drawing. However, noted observation of color required.

2.     PERCEPTUAL OBSERVATIONA first response, based on senses, to each object.
Use all your senses to observe the object. Write down all your observations. What do you see? What does it feel like? Does is have taste? Does it make a sound? Does it move? Does it have a smell?

3.     FORMAL ANALYSIS  Make note of and describe elements and principles for each object.
Organic Line, Organic Shape, Color (look at color wheel below to discuss color), Texture (soft, smooth, rigid, etc..), Value, Positive/Negative Space, Scale, Repetition, Unity, Variety, Focal Point, Pattern, Rhythm, Symmetry, Asymmetry, 

4.     The name of the object.

5.    Composition, arrangement of info on the paper, your choice. May be different for each. Can use computer. Drawing must be done by hand and scanned in.

6. Remember, non-traditional approaches are acceptable. See notes above under Materials.

PART II (F15 not doing Part II)
Arrange all five objects to demonstrate the following:
1. Negative Space
2. Focal Point
3. Shape (create one shape using all the objects)
Photograph each arrangement.
Post on blog.
Label each photo.