Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kiersten Boehle, Student Work, Memento Assignment

In progress. 

Detail of final piece.
Measures approx. 7" in diameter.
For my momento piece I chose to represent the memory of me getting attacked by a dog when I was three years old. The attack tore the right side of my cheek and upper lip which required over 150 stitches and emergency plastic surgery to fix my face. Today I am left with only a small visible scar. 

I chose this memory because it is definitely a part of who I am. Instead of focusing on the negative and gruesome aspects of my attack, I chose to represent it as something of beauty because I actually like my scar and think it gives me character. I also don't look back and picture an awful experience because I love dogs and being attacked by one has never changed that. 

I used leftover fabric from a ripped dress I had; which is significant because the dress was broken but I was able to repurpose it and make it into something new. 

I cut the dress into circles and dipped the pieces into melted paraffin wax in several layers, which built a skin like appearance on the fabric. As the pieces hardened I used my hands and a bowl to shape the waxed fabric into slightly rounded circles. 

I decided to stitch the piece to represent the stitches. I chose silver thread so it would not stand out too much from the white and gray patterned fabric. I wanted the piece to be subtle and detailed; dainty. The cut out holes represent the indented scar."

Tashina Wells, Student Work, Memento Assignment

Latex glove, water, sand.
Measures approx. 5" in diameter.

My memento about my memory of all the times my family and I went travelling when I was younger. It consists of a rubber glove, sand, and water. 

The rubber symbolizes the rubber on the tires of the car we drove, which reminds me of all the conversations and memories that were made in the car as we travelled long distances, and the rubbery feeling of the fish we caught when we went fishing. I manipulated the shape of a rubber glove to act as a container for the water and sand.

The sand symbolizes all the camping we did, and the soft, warm earth that served as surface for talking, cooking, playing, eating, and sleeping. 

The water is to symbolize all of the water based activities we did, such as swimming, fishing, bathing, boiling, and drinking.

Note from Laura - This is successful solution to the assignment. Poor quality photos do not allow the piece to succeed in visual images. 

Zach Wade, Student Work, Memento Assignment

Burned wood, screws, metal.
Measures approx. 7" x 8" x 1.5"

My most vivid memory is from the 4th grade. I was in Ms. Dailys classroom when 9-11 happened. I can never forget the events of that day. When working on this piece I wanted to use materials that are actually used in the construction of buildings. 

I used wood, metal, and screws. 

I cut the wood into two smaller pieces of wood. Then I grinded them down so that one side was rounded. Once I did that I manipulated a piece of metal and attached the wood to it using the purposely oversized screws. Once the object was put together I burned it, being careful not to burn it completely.

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Few Of My Favorite Things, Student Work

Cheyenne Pitts
Coffee - I'm one of those coffee addict drinkers who drinks about three to four cups of coffee throughout the entire day. Even while I'm getting ready for bed I'll still be chugging my last o' so sweet cup of coffee. Coffee is by far one of my favorite things, and my favorite way to make it is with Delight Cinnabon creamer and no sugar. The combination taste like warm milky cinnamon roll coffee. Yum!

Camera - I honestly believe the camera is one of the most amazing inventions out there today. I love all of the different possibilities it can capture and bring to life. Not only can it capture any image or video in this world that you want, but with the right software you can combine, distort, duplicate, crop, past, or do just about anything to create an incredible piece of artwork.

Sketch book - What artist doesn't love their sketch book? One of my all-time favorite things to do is to go to the beach, kick back in a nice chair, and sketch whatever my imagination is filled with that day. Sketching is fun and usually my sketches will always manage to make me laugh.

Anthony - Anthony is my best friend here at Flagler and is on the top of my favorites list. He is almost an exact replica of myself, but just in dude form. He became my favorite once I realized we both love doing the exact same things; art, design, creating, inventing, music, movies, basketball, working out, and eating delicious food. We ultimately have a blast together and have been hanging out every day since.

Basketball - Basketball is such a ferocious sport. It contains diving, blocking, running, shooting, juking, striping, passing, defending, posting, and a lot of falling. I've been playing on a team with my best friends since the 6th grade. After practically living on the basketball court in high school , it finally paid off for me and my teammates after we took our tiny school in Oklahoma all the way to the state tournament. Although sadly I didn't win a championship ring, I still experienced some of the best memories with my coaches and teammates.

Vector Art - I would have to say vectoring would be my newest discovery on my favorites list. Last year, when I learned how to turn my drawings into bright colored digital art, I just fell in love. I started practicing with illustrator tools, watching youtube tutorials, and I even bought several books. I still vector every chance I get the free time.

Gold Eye Shadow/ Mascara - "The eyes are the nipples of the face," according to Anna Faris from the movie "The House Bunny." I always thought this quote was pretty funny, but I do have to agree with Anna, the eyes are the most important when applying makeup. I love the creativity and freedom you can explore when you start to put on eye makeup. There's so many different options, from neutral, to gradient, to smokey, bright, glitter, or even cat eyes when you apply liner. My everyday favorite is using a light gold eye shadow right in the corners of my eyes.

Chelsea Reppin
1. Canon AE-1 Film
A gift from my mother. Because the simple always outlives the complicated. 
2. Madina Lake Note
High school was most notably a blur of rock concerts featuring old friends.
3. Mannequins Album
The album of Singaporean (and crazy in the best way possible) folk group, Monster Cat. They moonlight as Graphic Designers and are proud owners of the greatest cat in existence.
4. Loose Leaf Tea
If I have a ‘happy place’ it’s found in mugs full of herbal tea.
5. Vintage Samsonite Suitcase
Because living out of a suitcase at 21 isn’t so bad when it’s almost triple your age, and quite aesthetically pleasing.

Marcela Shull
My Favorite things:
These are 7 objects that I hold dear to my heart and that have sentimental value. The watercolors are to keep color in my life.The ceramic cupcake is to remind me of friends as well as to keep me from eating it. The bottle of yellow is for happiness. The teaballs are to keep me awake where coffee fails. The cluster of stones is to heal my soul. The lentils is to remind me where I come from. And the present is to remind me of the here and now.

Abbey Osley

1. A pair of glasses - My eye sight had been perfect for years, until I started to have trouble seeing road signs while driving at night. I now have to wear glasses daily, especially for my art classes. They have become my new companion.

2. A Browning pocketknife - I got my first pocket knife when I was 11 years old and upgraded to this one a couple years ago. This is a reminder of my dad and how much I am the boy he never had. 

3. A vintage ring - This ring was passed down from my great, great aunt, to my grandmother, to my mom, and then to me. I wear it almost everyday and it represents how close I am connected to my family.

4. A picture of my dog - From the day I got Zoe on my 6th birthday, she was my best friend. Like all dogs, she was great at keeping secrets. She was almost 13 years old when my dad called me and told me that he had to put her down last semester. 

5. A wooden cigar box - This is also a reminder of my dad since he smokes cigars and gave me this box. This is where I keep all of my notes, doodles, ideas, and important thoughts. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Billie Mertens, Artist

To see more, link to website here

Alet Piilion, Artist

Hugo Ball, 1886 - 1927, Born Germany

Poet and Dada artist. Pioneer in the development of sound poetry.

Hugo Ball Performing at Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, 1916

See Hugo at 2:25

  • Born 1886 in Pirmasens, Hugo Ball studied German literature, philosophy, and history at the universities of Munich and Heidelberg (1906-1907). In 1910, he moved to Berlin in order to become an actor and collaborated with Max Reinhardt and worked as a director and stage manager for various theater companies in Berlin, Plauen, and Munich. He also started writing, contributing to the expressionist journals Die Neue Kunst and Die Aktion, both of which, in style and in content, anticipated the format of later Dada journals.
  • Soon after the outbreak of World Wat I he and Emmy Hennings, a cabaret singer whom he had met in Munich and whom he would marry in 1920, emigrated to Zurich, Switzerland. In February 1916 he founded the 'Cabaret Voltaire' in the Spiegelgasse. There he met with Hans Arp, Marcel Janco, Tristan Tzara, and later Richard Huelsenbeck and Walter Serner.
  • In July 1916 Ball left the Dada circle in Zurich in order to recuperate in the Swiss countryside. He returned in January 1917 to help organize Galerie Dada, an exhibition space that opened in March 1917. Events at the Galerie included lectures, performances, dances, weekend soirées, and tours of the exhibitions. Although Ball supported the educative goals of the Galerie, he was at odds with Tzara over Tzara's ambition to make Dada into an international movement with a systematic doctrine. He left Zurich in May 1917 and did not again actively participate in Dada activities.
  • Hugo Ball died in Sant' Abbondio, Switzerland, 14 September 1927.
  • -Above text source is, link here.

Below is an excerpt from The Buried Face of an Age: Hugo Ball's Flight Out of Time (1916), Kevin Courrier, Critics At Large, 2011.  Link here to read the entire discussion.

"The In the pop world, you could hear Ball in 1973, in the electonica music played by the British band Cabaret Voltaire, named after the club where it all began. You could hear him literally, of course, in the Talking Heads' song "I Zimbra" from their 1979 album Fear of Music, where they took Ball's cabaret poem and set it to an African rhythm. A few years later, in 1981, you could also hear Ball more figuratively in Laurie Anderson's "O Superman (For Massenet)." In specific terms, Anderson constructed her song as a cover of the aria "Ô Souverain, ô juge, ô père" (O Sovereign, O Judge, O Father) from Jules Massenet's 1885 opera Le Cid. But the concept of creating a language unheard came directly from Ball. Using an electronic voice decoder, Anderson overlays a phonetic loop of her repeating the spoken syllable "Ha" with an Eventide Harmonizer, while she reads her text through a vocoder. Inspired by the Tao Te Ching, Anderson says, "Cause when love is gone, there's always justice/And when justice is gone, there is always force/And when force is gone, there's always Mom." Or Dada."

Laurie Anderson

Asher Levine, Artist

More to see on the website.  Link here.

Link here to watch a short video.

Nicholas Alan Cope and Dustin Edward Arnold, Artists

Link here to see more. 

Ann Hamilton, Artist

Body Object Series

Untitled (body object series) #5-bushhead, 1984/1993

"Ann Hamilton is a visual artist internationally recognized for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multi-media installations. Using time as process and material, her methods of making serve as an invocation of place, of collective voice, of communities past and of labor present. Noted for a dense accumulation of materials, her ephemeral environments create immersive experiences that poetically respond to the architectural presence and social history of their sites." -from the artist's website, link here.

Meret Oppenheim, 1913 - 1985, German-born Swiss Surrealist Artist

Object (The Luncheon in Fur)

The work's concept originated in a conversation among Oppenheim, Pablo Picasso, and his lover and fellow artist Dora Maar at a Parisian café[4] where the café's social role was discussed,[5] and at which Oppenheim was wearing a fur-covered brass tube bracelet, the pattern of which she sold to the fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli.[1][6] Picasso had suggested that anything could be covered in fur, and Oppenheim remarked that this would apply to "even this cup and saucer".[4] Oppenheim was nearly 23 years old at the time. In a slightly more explicit version of the conversation, Picasso complements the young artist on her fur bracelet, and flirtatiously observes that there are many things he enjoys that were improved when covered in fur. Oppenheim responded, tongue in cheek, by asking, "Even this cup and saucer?"[7]
Oppenheim created and exhibited the work as part of André Breton's first exhibition of surrealist sculpture (Exposition surréaliste d'objets), held at the Galerie Charles Ratton. She originally titled it prosaically as "Cup, saucer and spoon covered with fur", but the work was renamed by Breton in reference to Manet's painting Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe.[5] The work accords well with Breton's theories in his essay "The Crisis of the Object".[5]
In true found object mode, the teacup, saucer and spoon are ordinary objects purchased from Monoprix, a Paris department store.[6] The fur covering is that of a Chinese gazelle.[4]

Will Gompertz, a former director at Tate Modern, writes of the sculpture:
The sexual connotations of Object (Le Déjeuner en Fourrure) are obvious: drinking from the furry cup is an explicit sexual reference. But there is much more to it than a saucy joke. The image of a fur-lined cup and spoon would not be out of place in the first chapter of any book about anxiety nightmares, in which any pretense of being in control is subverted by sinister happenings. In this instance, a cup and spoon has grown hair, turning objects from which one should derive relaxation and pleasure into something aggressive, unpleasant and faintly disgusting. It has connotations of bourgeoise guilt: for wasting time gossiping in cafés and mistreating beautiful animals (the fur is from a Chinese gazelle). It is also an object designed to engender madness. Two incompatible materials have been brought together to create one troubling vessel. Fur is pleasing to touch, but horrible when you put it in your mouth. You want to drink from the cup and eat from the spoon—that is their purpose—but the sensation of the fur is too repulsive. It’s a maddening cycle.
The above info is from Wikipedia. I have not confirmed all sources.

Meret Oppenheim in paper coat and sunglasses designed by herself, 1976

Collection Dominique Bürgi, Switzerland Claude Lê-Ahn, Boulogne

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Human Body Required Visual Examples

Janine Antoni

The Chrysalis

Jolka Wiens

Veasyble.  link here.

Feather Helmets by John French

Aztec Dancer, Day of the Dead Celebration

designed by: Feyrouz Ashoura
model: Stephanie Lambert
photographed by: Kader Hadjadj

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Chun Kwang Young, Born 1944, BFA Hong-Ik University, Korea, MFA Philadelphia College of Art

"The basis of his work is individual, triangular, Styrofoam shapes. Individually, these shapes are minuscule. Taken together, however, their visual impact is immense." -source

Mixed media with Korean mulberry paper.  Source link here.

“When I was young, I was a sickly child, and my mother used to take me to the Chinese medicine doctor in the neighborhood. I never liked the place because of the strong odor of infusion, and the threatening sight of the acupuncture needles. While the doctor felt my pulse, my mother held my hand, and I fixed my eyes upon the ceiling, hearing the doctor muttering something to himself. I remember that numerous packages of mulberry paper were hanging from the ceiling, each holding a name card of the medicine wrapped inside. The image of my old memories of the drugstore lasted in my head for a while. I always had a desire to communicate my art through a Korean sentiment, and the image of the medicine packages hanging from the ceiling became a new theme in my art since that memorable afternoon.”
Above images and text from

Bob Emser, Artist

Wood and Nylon
Source link here.

Rebecca Kamen, Artist

Artist's website link here.