Sunday, May 20, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

Ralph Borland, Artist

Suited for Subversion. 2002. Nylon-reinforced PVC, padding, speaker, and pulse reader, 47 1/4 x 31 1/2 x 23 5/8" (120 x 80 x 60 cm). Fund for the Twenty-First Century. Photos by Ralph Borland and Pieter Hugo.  Source is Museum of Modern Art.  Link here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sculpture Show, Sat. May 19.

INSTALLATIONS! Northeast Florida Sculptors group is presenting a never before seen experience in Jacksonville—19 Installation artworks in a single exhibition. May 19-May 27 Opening Reception May 19, 5:00-8:00 PM Everbank Building 501 Riverside Avenue, 32202 Hours: M-F 11:00 AM-2:00 PM Sat, Sun 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Monday, May 14, 2012

A Woman Made of Candles

I found it here on Colossal Art and Design.

Gregor's Room, Student Work

Andrew Hollingswoth

"The size, shape. and color choice of the bed set directly relate to a section of Kafka’s Metamorphosiswhere Gregor looks to the wall to notice a portrait of himself in military uniform. According to the story, it was taken during the time that he had served as a lieutenant and pictured him with “hand on sword, a carefree smile on face, inviting one to respect his uniform and military bearing.”  After reading that section, I sensed the bed to be a sort of single, military bunk, but with a bit more home-like touches. This is noticeable mainly in the color choices between the military green bed sheet and the brown wooden frame surrounding. The box spring, mattress, and pillow are represented in white ink to add to the simplistic military style as well, but while also giving it a sort of blank feeling. This was done to express the idea that we as readers don’t exactly know what happened to Gregor the night that he underwent his transformation. We can only interpret it from the time that he opened his eyes."

"On first glance you may think that the form pictured above is a piece of chewing gum or some sort of an animal brain, but it is fact an interpretation of the insect that Gregor had become after his metamorphosis. Although it appears to have no outer features other than a centralized body, I wanted to create something that appeared to just simply sustain life without expressions of freedom or happiness. The color red was used as a notion of urgency or reaction of immediate attention such as those who laid eyes on the creature for the first time. Kafka seemed to limit the descriptive context of how the insect actually appeared, but rather gave hints to lead the readers to interpret it in many different ways depending on individual perspective."

"Part of the story describes a setting where Grete is moving around things in Gregor’s room, one of the items being a heavy chest. It was after reading that particular scene that I had decided to incorporate a wooden chest to not only express my ideal item, but also to give a sense of harmony in relation to the design of the bed set. The main idea was to create something that could conceal the transformed creature as described in the story."

Andrew's blog link here.

Poetic Metamorphosis, Student Work, Summer 2012

Alex McNutt.  Read what Alex has to say about his work and see more on his blog.  Link here.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Chris McMachen, Student Work

Balsa wood
5" x 3.5" x 3"
In this sculpture I was trying to create a sense of danger by having opposing horizontal and diagonal lines. This creates a sense of conflict and the spikes create the impression that this object is somehow a trap.


Balsa wood, wood glue
7" x 3" x 2.5"
In our culture monuments are generally looked up to. My challenge with representing "monument" in this scale was to create a sense of scale. I did this by using one tall diagonal plane that guides the viewers eye upwards. This is aided by the wood glue drips that add texture. Each of the three major components of this piece also adhere to the golden ratio, which has been popular in Monumental Architecture, Art, and Design for centuries. 

Link here to see more of Chris' work.

Student Blogs, Summer 2012