Sunday, February 28, 2010

Day 160: Scavenger Hunting

Here is the museum scavenger hunt response received from Annie Blazejack

Here are the notes for mine. I spent about a half hour in the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston)). Miraculously I found everything! Also, it has an amazing exhibit up right now. I'll write all about it and make a legible found-poem-museum-scavenger-hunt-conjuring-spell tomorrow.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Day 158: Travel

I'm in Boston now and have spent a wonderful happy evening/night with Eli, my brother and my sister-in-law. I'm excited to do my museum scavenger hunt, probably Sunday. I'll post it as soon as it is done!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Day 157: Just another day as an artist

I've heard through the grape vine that a couple people are planning to do my museum scavenger hunt! I'm planning to this weekend, and Annie has already done it. I'll post the poems as they come. Also, I drew a picture of my room. I think I'll draw a few more to really figure it out. I'm planning to incorporate this into my sewing together smaller drawings to make a larger one. we'll see!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Day 155: getting to know you

I've been spending some time with my new works. I'm excited about the ideas that have come up, and I've been talking to all my friends about them. I also created a ritual for my friend's birthday this weekend. She celebrated it in London so I made a spell of conjuring that involved a scavenger hunt at a museum. The instructions:

I have a scavenger hunt of sorts. It is ideal really. It involves a museum, looking at art, conjuring friends, and making a found poem! Be sure to bring a pen and some paper.

A list of things to find within the paintings and sculptures (this doesn't include any guests or visitors to the museum mind you, it is very important that you find these in the works of art):

A circle
A lit candle
Two hands holding each other
princess dresses
A creature of mythology
The ocean
A really quality red
The inevitability of Christmas
A good climbing tree

When each object is found you should write down the name of the work of art you found it in. You're welcome to find each object any number of times, but only once is necessary. From the painting titles, compose a found poem. It is a conjuring spell. For the pleasure of a friend's company simply recite the spell three times then say their name.


If anyone does this, I would love to read the found poem they create.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Day 153: 12 in 12 hours shaken not stirred

For this 12 in 12 hours, I wanted to shake it up a little. In my excitement over the sewing idea, I wanted to try and make one piece with many drawings sewn together. I made a castle. I think I've still got some things to figure out about it, but good things are to come.


In the end I decided I wanted to make some paintings too. I started out with a whale skeleton

Then I made a deer skeleton, swimming at night.

These three fish are enlarged from my sketchbook, re-drawn onto this 18 x 24 sheet of paper

Playing with my idea of recreating childhood pictures in paint

And I ended with an octopus for good luck


Also here are some of Janelle's select AWESOME drawings made tonight.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Day 152: A few sick days

I sprained my wrist quite impressively making that small things painting because I really had to press down on the pastels to get them to show up through the wet gesso. I've had to take a few days off because I want it to heal well and because this saturday I'm going to do my 12 paintings in 12 hours with my friend Janelle. (that is tomorrow!)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Day 149: Many things

Today I finished my painting based on the e. e. cummings poem Somewhere I have never traveled, and so ends my drawing of things smaller than rain for now. Here is the painting


Also you may have noticed a ripped off portion of the shrine drawing I made yesterday. I sewed it together today and really like the aesthetic. I think I'm going to have great fun with this idea of stitching together drawings.



Artist of the week: I discovered Rob Swainston's work this past week because he is a former recipient of a grant I plan to apply for. He makes monumental works of art on paper. While drawing from historical and religious themes, his work seems to address around how the present alters the past.



The third of these paintings is called portapocalypse. You can fold it up, carry it around, and then set up your apocalypse where ever you need it. Very brilliant!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Day 148: Learning things

I've made a few more drawings of things smaller than rain. I think I'm ready to get back to the original painting now. If there are any more ideas of small things out there, speak now or forever hold your peace or is it piece? I've never known. Oh homonyms.

I've been thinking in all these small drawings about backgrounds, which gets me thinking about mark making. Which leads to this next drawing, an exploration of shrines.


Also, I have an exciting artist of the week for tomorrow. Be ready, this is going to be good.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Day 146: Working on the weekend


I love working on the weekend. A few more small things.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Day 145: Small things cont'


In a further exploration of my small things idea, I've made some small drawings, maybe 6 x 7 in. Here are some.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Day 144: Small things


Here are drawings of your suggestions. Things smaller than rain. Keep them coming, I need more!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Day 144: Multi Tasking- a call for aid!

Because I like to work on many things at once, and becuase I once started a painting a long time ago, I need a list of things that are smaller than rain. For some reason thinking of them is very hard for me. So far I have sequins, corn kernels and ants. Please help! If you can think of things smaller than rain (drops) please post them!

Thank you!

Also the call for childhood dress-up pictures remains open.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Day 143: new things

Two Christmases ago my mom got me some Golden brand Open Acrylics. These are water soluble acrylic paints that dry slowly, like oils. I figured the under painting for this siren portrait was a good chance to test them out. It is recommended that you mix them with normal acrylics to make for a medium rather than very long drying time. What did I find? They definitely dry more slowly. There are some fun things yu can do, but I haven't figured them out just yet. Either way, here is what I made so far.

Day 152: Priming, oh so ready

In looking at recent pictures of my niece looking adorable and costumed, I got the inspiration to paint my friends, in their adult forms, but costumed as their childhood selves. I'm waiting for the other twist in this. Something else, to make it more interesting. I figure it has something to do with the sensation of beauty. As a child all it took was a tiara and something frilly.

Progress on the whale skeleton, I'm planning thinking now that I'll try making it out of copper pipping that I bend, so I have to get some pipe to bend and see how that works.

Also I primed two masonite boards, so they are ready to go. Expect some pictures of something, and if you have good childhood pictures send them to me please!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Day 149: RECON

I am back in my room in providence. Much information gathered. New York is a great place. Advantages observed: exciting and inspiring, family, really cool people, good food, museums, free music shows.

Video technique learned: Making a stop animation video is very difficult and time consuming. Making any animation video is very difficult and time consuming. My brother and sister-in-law are wonderful, and knowledgeable and helpful.

Art Gossip: I read an article in January's New York Times Magazine about this performance artist named Tino Sehgal. He uses people as his medium, with a similar relationship to them that any other artist would have to paint or marble.

This weekend I visited the Guggenheim with my mother, boyfriend and 18 month old niece. Upon entering the lobby, we encountered a couple, lying in the middle of the floor, their bodies slowly and constantly moving between intertwined embraces without ever holding one. They exhibited an economy and power of movement. They were like dancers, graceful and deliberate about each shift of weight and tilting of the body.


I am back in my room in providence. Much information gathered. New York is a great place. Advantages observed: exciting and inspiring, family, really cool people, good food, museums, free music shows.
Video technique learned: Making a stop animation video is very difficult and time consuming. Making any animation video is very difficult and time consuming. My brother and sister-in-law are wonderful, and knowledgeable and helpful.

Art Gossip: I read an article in January's New York Times Magazine about this performance artist named Tino Sehgal. He uses people as his medium, with a similar relationship to them that any other artist would have to paint or marble.

This weekend I visited the Guggenheim with my mother, boyfriend and 18 month old niece. Upon entering the lobby, we encountered a couple, lying in the middle of the floor, their bodies slowly and constantly moving between intertwined embraces without ever holding one. They exhibited an economy and power of movement. They were like dancers, graceful and deliberate about each shift of weight and tilting of the body.

After watching for a while it became clear that their poses were looping, a continuous performance of an intense and intimate ritual. As we were watching another couple came beside them mirroring their actions. After a few seconds the first couple got up, their shift done, they retreated from the scene leaving the stage to the other couple.

Getting to see two different coupes perform "The Kiss" gave me more insight into the nature of using humans as media and how his performance work transforms through the audience and performers.

The second couple somehow felt much less powerful. They lacked intimacy an intensity. The same choreography was an entirely different, and much less powerful. After about 20 minutes watching "The Kiss", we managed to begin our climb of the Guggenheim spiral (not an ideal layout for someone pushing a very heavy stroller).

Before we reached the "first floor" We were greeted by a child. She invited us to participate in a Tino Sehgal work. We said yes. She led us up the spiral asking abuot Progress. She was most interested in a definition. We walked and talked with her for a while before she passed us off to the next person, and so it went all the way up the spiral, with a different series of interactions and conversations relating to progress and community and goals, each "guide" older than the previous.

This second piece, while provoking some interesting conversation, was much less moving. First of all, there were so many groups of people climbing the spiral that the walking pace was awkward, and we were constantly having to maneuver awkwardly around other people and each other (especially with the baby stroller), that it made it difficult to have any sort of conversation at all. On top of that, the whole situation seemed so artificial and contrived, it was hard to really get into the discussion.

As a great believer in the power of performance art, I'm really psyched to see this stuff in an established museum, and I think Sehgal is doing some very very brilliant things, but like any artist, he isn't always successful, and there are many more unforeseen difficulties and obstacles when working in such a precocious medium. The Kiss however, with the proper performers is a mesmerizing and evocative piece.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Day 146: Scouting

I'm in New York right now, visiting family and museums, a spectacular combination. I've also been scouting out the city and it's wonderful inhabitants to see what it would be like to live here. So far seems great! My other goal, while I am here, is to find grants and things to apply for next year. Oh excitement.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Day 144: Building Crharacter(s)

Today I worked on character design for my video. I mainly make art from sources, I'm not very good a making things up, so I'm trying to figure out how things like an octopus or a fish work so that I can draw them consistently the same and from my own invention.
Most of these were drawn from pictures on the internet, but a few are from my mind. I'm slowly getting there, learning a new skill, it build character (forgive the pun).

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Day 143: on wisdom

Yesterday I worked on application stuff (fafsa, the locust project (for my whale skeleton) and finding some grants incase graduate school doesn't work out). It felt like second semester senior year, with all the pressure of wondering what is going to become of my life and feeling that whatever decision I make is going to determine my future.

Being an artist can be pretty difficult sometimes, so a good support network when you feel discouraged is important. Thankfully I've got that in abundance, plus a ton of excitement and love for art. That and a lot of drive to be making art seem to be the most key ingredients to being an artist. So I'm excited about all the different options as much as I am nervous about them. I wonder if part of acquiring wisdom is learning that one decision may set your course for a while but does not determine the rest of your life.

Well in the mean time I watched a Bill Nye the Science guy show about light and color. Even though I knew all the information in it, it still blew my mind a little. Also I talked excitedly about mythology with my housemate who has some pretty amazing photographs of Greece. I'm getting some great ideas for applying for a full bright! And who knows, maybe someday I'll be wise.