Thursday, September 15, 2011

Gears and Pulleys, Student Work, Fall 2011

Annie Woodford, Artist

See more on Woodford's website. Link here.

Paper Hybrids Assignment Guidelines

hybrid |ˈhīˌbrid|
nounBiology the offspring of two plants or animals of different species orvarieties, such as a mule (a hybrid of a donkey and a horse): a hybrid ofwheat and rye.a thing made by combining two different elements; a mixture: the final text is a hybrid ofthe stage play and the film.• a word formed from elements taken from different languages, for example television( tele-from Greek, visionfrom Latin).• (also hybrid car)a car with a gasoline engine and an electricmotor, each of which can propel it.adjectiveof mixed character; composed of mixed parts: Mexico's hybrid postconquest culture.• bred as a hybrid from different species or varieties: a hybrid variety | hybrid offspring.DERIVATIVEShybridism |ˈhībrəˌdizəmnoun.hybridity |hīˈbriditēnounORIGIN early 17th cent. (as a noun): from Latin hybrida offspring of a tame sow and wild boar, child of a freeman and slave, etc.

Utilize the concepts of hybridity to construct three, small scale sculptures. 

Provide an opportunity for the student to observe from life using sight and touch. Use the observation portion of the assignment to serve as a source for conceptual development. 


  • White copy paper and/or left over white BFK Rives paper. 
  • Gesso (brushes and cup for water)
  • Mask Tape and/or clear packing tape
  • Sewing with needle and thread is an option for this assignment. 
  • Scissors, Exacto knife
  • Winsor Newton Ink Set
  • Colored set of basic pastels
  • Small scale, fabricated objects. We will be making paper molds of the objects. 
  • A collection of objects from nature. We will be making paper molds of the objects. 

Step 1:
Read and complete outline for "Touch". See below, Research Part I. 

Step 2:
Find inspiration. See below, Research Part II

Step 3:
Go on a nature walk. Collect as many objects from nature as you can. Do not collect trash. 

Step 4:

Scavenger your house for fabricated objects that would be suitable to make paper molds. Objects should be about the size of your hand. 

Step 5:

Bring your loot to class. Each table is a group - so spread out your stuff on the table. We are sharing our loot. If there is a particular object(s) you wish to covet yourself, make sure to keep it separate from the group pile.

Step 6:

Select at least four objects from the fabricated objects pile and four from the nature pile. 

Step 7:

Complete a color swatch for each object. Use inks and/or pastels. Paint and colored pencil are  additional options. See below, Research Part III.

Step 8:

Make paper sculptures of all eight objects. Employ mold making when necessary. 

Step 9:
Present and discuss inspiration images and color swatches to class. 

Step 10: 

Once sculptures are complete, cut up and reassemble to create three, separate sculptures. Incorporate the use of color. 

  • Complete an outline for the reading handout "Touch". A chapter from the book "A Natural History of the Senses" by Diane Ackerman. A PDF of the reading is posted on LMS. Please be aware that any marks/notes in the scanned copy are not mine. I checked the book out of the Flagler library to scan.

  • Find at least three artist's whose work inspires you for this assignment. 
  • Search the right column under "Paper Hybrids Research", "Paper Hybrids Student Work", "Paper Sculpture Research" and any other category you feel is useful. 
  • Print out images and bring to class. Option - you can bring your laptop to class to present images. 
  • Site all sources and clearly label each piece of research accordingly. For example, "Paper Hybrids Inspiration 1 of 3".
  • Complete a color swatch for each object. 
  • Observe color from life. 
  • Use white paper, approx. 8.5 x 11. 
  • One swatch per piece of paper. 
  • Label all colors. 
  • Clearly site the object you were observing. 

The following information is required for the Digital Journey Assignment:
  • Photographs
    • At least one in process photo. 
    • Professional photo's of the final solution. Photograph all three together as well as individually. 
  • Research (particular to each assignment)
    • Research Part I, Color Swatches. 
    • Research Part II, Outline for "Touch"
    • Research Part III, Inspiration Images. 
    • Photographs of any sketches you did for the assignment are optional. 
  • Artist Statement
    • Writing must demonstrate collegiate writing skills. Writing demonstrates time and effort. Writing demonstrates content, reflective thought and intellect. Writing is free of grammar, punctuation and spelling errors.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Shauna Richardson

For the 3D to 2D assignment you can use something you made 
in this class as a prop for a photograph. 
Richardson's website link here.

3D Poster by Xavier Barrade

From The Creative Review, Posted by Gavin Lucas. Link here.
"The project came about after we introduced Xavier to a new band signed to RCA called Dry The River," explains FOAM's Phil Clandillon. "It turned out they really liked the paper-craft work he'd done as part of his fictional contemporary art exhibition, Retrospective. We thought it would be interesting to make 3D posters, and we set him the extra challenge of making them huge. He ended up creating these rather marvelous three-dimensional paper-craft horses at B0 size.

You Tube video of the process. Link here.

Olafure Eliasson, Artist

Link to artist's website here.

Scott Campbell, Artist

More from this artist on his website. Link here.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

What Is A Hybrid? Art Today, Walker Art Center

Hybrid Art Forms
What is a hybrid?
A hybrid means something of mixed origin or composition that adds variety or complexity to a system. In science, a hybrid is the offspring of genetically dissimilar plants or animals, especially produced by breeding or grafting different varieties or species. In language, a hybrid word is one whose elements are derived from different languages. In an automobile, a hybrid combines an electric motor with a gasoline engine.

Given these definitions of the word hybrid, what would it mean to make a hybrid art form?

In art forms, hybridity could mean the blurring of traditional distinct boundaries between artistic media such as painting, sculpture, film, performance, architecture, and dance. It also can mean cross-breeding art-making with other disciplines, such as natural and physical science, industry, technology, literature, popular culture, or philosophy. Hybrid art forms expand the possibilities for experimentation and innovation in contemporary art.

Today’s artists are free to make art with whatever material or technique they can imagine. This freedom creates new opportunities to express ideas and concepts. It also opens up a number of challenges, choices, and decisions for artists:
Should I work to master a traditional art form or should I work to create innovative new art forms? Or should I do both?
Should I experiment with materials that are industrial or outside the scope of my studio if those materials seem to be the best way to express my artistic goals?
How can I define myself as an artist if I am shifting, combining, and recombining techniques from inside and outside the worlds of art?
Blurring boundaries, breaking rules, and creating hybrids occupies much artistic work today. However, making meaning in art—whatever tools, materials, or techniques are used—remains central to artistic practice. It is important for viewers to keep this in mind as they explore innovative art today.

Link here for more discussions from the Walker.


The "Chatarrófono" is a musical instrument 1'80 x 6 m, built from scrap and recycled objects painted white, with several sticks to play drums. 

For the Red Bull Music Academy in the factory Fabra & Coats of Sant Andreu in Barcelona. 

Found on Bechance. 
 Link here to see the entire process.

Sylvie Reno

All made from cardboard. A lot more to see. Link here.