Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Maurizio Anzeri, Artist

"Maurizio Anzeri makes his portraits by sewing directly into found vintage photographs. His embroidered patterns garnish the figures like elaborate costumes, but also suggest a psychological aura, as if revealing the person’s thoughts or feelings. The antique appearance of the photographs is often at odds with the sharp lines and silky shimmer of the threads. The combined media gives the effect of a dimension where history and future converge. The image used in Round Midnight is an early 20th century ‘glamour shot’ that at the time would have been considered titillating for both the girl’s nudity and ethnicity. Anzeri’s delicately stitched veil recasts the figure with an uncomfortable modesty, overlaying a past generation’s cross-cultural anxieties with an allusion to our own." From the Saatchi Gallery. Link here.

Stacey Page, Artist

Website link here.

Relief Poster Assignment

Social Commentary.

Assignment: Use the formal elements of art and design to express your opinion about an event or situation. Apply three-dimensional forms to the two-dimensional image to create a relief.
1. Change the meaning.
2. Enhance the meaning.
3. Create a focal point, color, line, shape, text, repetition, pattern, scale

Materials and processes: sculpting with sculpey or air dry clay; paper stacking (Rives paper, taskboard, newspaper); sewing (yarn, thread); paper construction (refer back to the beginning of the semester). No beads, craftpaper, ribbon, tissue paper, found objects, magazines.

Liu Bolin, Artist

No photoshop here. 
The artist applies paint to the human figure and then the person is placed in the environment. 

Monday, May 30, 2011

Design That Makes A Difference

Oasis Bench
Shelter Bench Collecting Solar Energy for Comfort.

This projects aim is to provide a resting place for pedestrians, humanize the urban environment and make the cities a better place to live.
It offers a comfortable space and a meeting point, to make a rapid lunch, consult a guide or a map, feed your gadgets or simply rest for a while.
A bike stand on one side and a picnic area on the other side complete the assemblage, ideal for wide sidewalks, squares or parks.
At night the place is illuminated by LED lights powered by the energy obtained during day light.
We propose its use for public spaces, sidewalks, squares, touristic points, etc.
An eco-friendly project whose structure is made of anodized aluminum.

The sun energy, collected by the solar panels, turns these shelters benches into small power plants, generating enough energy for its whole infrastructure.
Surplus energy can be directed to the city's electrical network.
This design transforms a simple bench into a meeting point and a pleasant place to be.

By Baita Design. Link here to see more images on Behance Network.

Talia Greene, Artist

Artist Statement: "I am fascinated by our struggle to impose order on our bodies and an unruly world. In my recent work, I have been exploring this topic through the vehicle of hair, both as a material to design with and as a subject. I often appropriate Victorian imagery to draw parallels between today and a time when the fascination, repulsion, and urge to control nature were overtly demonstrated in much of the culture.
In my series, Entropic Variations, I reference the futility of our attempts to control nature, with a playful exaggeration of the quotidian frustration of taming our hair. The series consists of thirteen sequences based on individual portraits, in which the hair takes on a life of its own in the form of a swarm of flies. The swarms grow; run wild; start to conform; then run wild once more. With each new hairstyle, the sitter takes on a new identity. Even as we try to impose our will on nature, nature imposes its anarchy on us." Find Greene's work at the Drawing Center. Link here. Or her website. Link here.

Alexander McQueen, Fashion Designer, 1969 - 2010, United Kingdom

Christian Boltanski, Artist

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Caribou Coffee Transit Shetlers, Colle + McVoy

Transit shelters in Minnesota designed to look and feel like ovens.
Real heaters and working clocks.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ellen Gallagher, Artist

"The artist "whites out" such features as lips, hair, or wigs with yellow plastacine. These then stand out from the surface as a kind of sculptural relief, lovingly formed elements that read as a voluptuous ornamentation. They accentuate precisely the racial attributes the products were intended to diminish. The malleable putty is striated and carved in ways that recall African tribal art, although that's not the exclusive cultural reference." From Link here.

"I scan pages from advertisements about control: acne, unruly hair, corns, bunions, and asthma. These all have particular class connotations, and I remember hearing, as a child, that you got asthma from cockroaches, from enclosed spaces. Constriction is interesting to me as the loss of control of something as elemental as your breath. Corns and bunions have something specific about them too, something so black, that is funny to me. But they have a specificity that is not about race but rather about skin and about being on your feet all the time. Just like the ads have their own material history, plasticine was used for stop-action animation to suggest motion and also to make models. These structures are built out of whimsy but are also very tectonic." From Ellen Gallagher Talks. Link here.

From db artmag. Link here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Few Examples of Stacking Method

Found on SuckerPunch. Wall of paper, Georgia School of Architecture. Link here.

Stacked Paper Chair. Link here.

Found on Urban Farm Store. Link here.

Noriko Ambe, Born 1967, Japan

Paper Stacking Assignment Guidelines

  • Read the sections I highlighted in the chapter Touch from the book A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman.  A hard copy was handed out at the beginning of the semester.  Post your response to the reading on your blog.
  • Create two stacked paper forms.  The first is observed from life.  The second is your own design.

Observation through sight and touch as well as invention and development of individual idea. Introduce concepts of mass and volume.  Continue to explore proportion and develop observation skills.

Diane Ackerman's lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth. " Delightful . . . gives the reader the richest possible feeling of the worlds the senses take in." --The New York Times. 

Sculpture #1 - Observe From Life
  • Use your eyes and your hands to understand shape and line. Your subject is a fruit or vegetable.  I suggest purchasing a couple of pieces of produce. In case your first idea does not work, you have back up.
  • Keep the size of your paper sculpture the same as the actual produce.  
  • I showed some examples in class that were sanded (using the woodshop sander). Sanding the paper stacks is not required. If you wish to sand your sculpture, you must contact Russell Maycumber, woodshop manager. Russell will train you on the equipment. You can e-mail Russell or stop by the woodshop located inside Studio 3. Russell's hours are posted on the outside of the woodshop doors.
  • Suggestions - green peppers, horned melon, squash, star fruit, pear, apple, banana, lemon, celery, large mushroom.
  • No blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapes, radish or a small mushroom.

Sculpture #2 - Your Own Design
  • Using the same materials and the process of paper stacking as for the fruit/vegetable, design your own paper stack sculpture.
  • Prepare your design by doing research on-line.  You must have a sources that you derive your idea from.  Sources can be visual, literature, history or music based.  At least five sources are needed.  Post your visual research on your class blog.
  • Stay away from cliches and conventional symbols.
  • The size of your own design should be about the size of your hand.
  • Push for an innovative design.  Consider how interior and exterior work together.  Not all pieces of the sculpture have to attach - could you have parts that are able to detach?  Consider the use of "stilts" to life sculpture off of table, creating a space between sculpture and table. Pull from all previous projects to fuel your ideas about construction.
  • Incorporate color into your own design.  While the first sculpture, of the fruit/veg, will focus only on proportions, the second sculpture will be innovative and include color.  The paper responds well to ink (or diluted paint).  Gold/silver/red leaf or metallic paints can also be interesting.  Crushed pastels, rubbed into stacked paper is another option.
  • Do not use any other paper besides the assigned paper.  If your idea calls for the inclusion of other papers (newspaper, magazines, colored paper), see me and we will discuss.  Sometimes a compromise is possible.

  • Estimate about four to six sheets of Rives gray paper
  • Wood glue 
  • Scissors
  • Exacto 
  • A vegetable or fruit for observation purposes (plastic is acceptable)
  • Clamps can also be helpful when trying to get glue to set - some are available in the Wood Shop
  • NOTE: Do not use any other paper besides the paper I assigned. The paper I assigned is extremely thick and works well with stacking.  If you did not purchase the paper I assigned, or you run out, you can easily find comparable paper at Hobby Lobby or Michaels.  Just take a swatch of paper with you and find a similar manufacturer.

What to put on your blog:
  1. Written response to the reading Touch, A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman. Note - Fall 14 students did not do reading. 
  2. Process pictures.
  3. At least three (3) professional images of each final solution (make sure to include detail shots). Total of six (6) images. 
  4. A written statement for the fruit/veg and another statement for the invented design.  Obviously the statement for the fruit/veg will be brief as the assignment is direct.  However, you can mention what obstacles you had to overcome.  A statement for the invented stacked paper will be reflective as you discuss your idea.
  5. At least three (3) inspiration images for your invented design. 
  6. Optional - any notes or sketches. 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Vietnam Memorial, Washington D.C., Maya Lin

Original sketches submitted by Lin for design competition of Vietnam Memorial.

Trailer for the documentary film, A Strong Clear Vision. 

Lin posing with model for Vietnam Memorial. 

Watch on You Tube

Holocaust Memorial, Vienna, Rachel Whiteread

The memorial is a steel and concrete construction with a base measuring 10 x 7 meters and a height of 3.8 meters. The outside surfaces of the volume are cast library shelves turned inside out. The spines of the books are facing inwards and are not visible, therefore the titles of the volumes are unknown and the content of the books remains unrevealed. The shelves of the memorial appear to hold endless copies of the same edition, which stand for the vast number of the victims, as well as the concept of Jews as "People of the Book." The double doors are cast with the panels inside out, and have no doorknobs or handles. They suggest the possibility of coming and going, but do not open.

Whitehead speaking about the Memorial. 

Here is a video I found filmed by a visitor to the site. 
Akeyami is the name assigned to the You Tube page. 

Nobel Peace Center, Norway

Nobel Peace Center, Norway. Small Design Firm, Inc. Link here to website.

Small Design Firm was selected to help design and implement four large interactive installations for the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway. The Nobel Field, honoring each Laureate, is an illuminated garden of LCD displays, LED grass, and sound that responds to your movements through the space. To honor the life of Alfred Nobel, we designed the Nobel Chamber, housing an interactive book in the spirit of our Illuminated Manuscript. The third installation, the Wallpapers, is a continuous display surface of 68 million pixels, designed to allow visitors to further explore the life, work, and legacy of the Nobel Laureates. Finally, we designed the ambient sound and light for the Register, an abstract map of the world that serves as a gateway to the Center.

A lot more to see by this design group. Click on the link above to explore their website.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Paper Folding

Source is Laurence King.  Link here for more.

Source is Eilish's Creative Space Blog.  Link here to see more and the book she refers to.

Art Gifts, Summer 2011

Kate - Kelly Angood, pinhole camera
Sarah - Andy Goldsworthy
Will - Martin Puryear
Kameron - Jakob and MacFarlane's Orange Cube

more to come...

Friday, May 6, 2011

LAKBAY, Shadow Theatre

Click here for website. Play the third video, LAKBAY.

Miranda July, Artist, American, b. 1974

For this series of photographs Miranda July's book 'No one belongs here more than you' was dissected. Her imaginary and witty language triggered the images dealing with states of emotions from unexpressed anger to reckless abandon. Collaboration with Anja Schaffner. More on website. Link here.

I called out to my own heart, as if she were within me like an egg.

It is as if our feet are in the perfect, honest, loving relationship but from the ankles up, we are lost.

Now the ball was in his court, it was his job to do with me what he would. 
What would he do?

My unexpressed anger at nothing in particular. 
And: The feeling that there is a next level and I should be on it.

Tiny ropes of Misery.