Thursday, May 6, 2010
Your sketchbook should include all the sketches you were assigned during the semester, as well as those we did during class. I will be concentrating on sketches done since spring break. Here is a list of what I will be looking for in your sketchbook:
-Preparatory sketches for project 2
-Preparatory sketches for project 3
-Three figure drawings done outside of class
-30 minute ink drawing of shadows in the natural environment done in class
-Color wheel (in class)
-Color matching (in class)
I will not be accepting late sketchbooks so please be sure to turn them in on Tuesday at the beginning of class.
Also, I below is a breakdown of how I will be calculating your final grade:
Projects (3 total) --- 50%
Assignments (5 total) --- 20%
Sketchbook --- 10%
Blog ---- 10%
Participation --- 5%
Attendance --- 5%
This has changed slightly from the syllabus. I have made these adjustments because we have had less assignments and those assignments have been less rigorous than stated in the syllabus. I also informed everyone at the beginning of the semester that each blog post would be worth one percent of your final grade. If anyone has questions about these changes, please let me know.
Finally, here is a list of the assignments you have been given throughout the semester, which I will be grading during our one on one meetings:
3. Still Life
4. In class fabric drawing and figure drawing
5. Altered map
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Title: Magnolia Tree 40x40x50cm Su Blackwell
This work is very detailed. I like this because the tree pops up from the flat book surface. It doesn’t lose its harmony because its leaves and branch are made out of the book. Many words on the leaves seem that each of them have some messages. There are not many colors but most of them are black and white. I think that makes this work more thoughtful and beautiful.
Monday, May 3, 2010
I like that her message is delivered strictly through the material and not through images or words. Craig took a book--something that is symmetrical and has a manufactured shape and turned it into something organic and growing. She turned something industrial into something natural. Craig used kozo, abaca, oak inserts, and poplar to achieve this look.
I chose this piece by Lois Morrison entitled "Their Journey Begins" I believe it is the third part of a series of works done by Morrison called "The Hollow Dolls". I felt this piece was really creepy and stark. Once you get past the cover the inside is completely black and white save for the two dismembered dolls. These dolls, one only a torso, the other missing it's head, star as the main characters of this book. The story tells of their pointless wandering through the foliage. Despite the lack of traditional plot, the book was still enjoyable to read and look at.
I found this image on artistaday.com. It comes from Brian Dettmer working out of Atlanta Georgia. The work is a book that has been cut into various layers in order to form a new and original piece out of something that already exists. As can be seen by the words on the heading, the various components of the piece come from completely different sectioins of the book. At first sight, I thought of how well it represented the intricacies and mysteries that can be found in literature, however I have no idea if that is what the artsist was trying to convey,
This piece is called “Eight Slices of Pie” and is created by Emily Martin. I liked how she put her artwork into the pie case because it looked like a real pie. It made me hungry when i saw this work. Each of eight piece has words on it and when you open each of them, you could read what she wrote inside. I think she printed her words by computer but she may used color pencils when she drew the pie.
This piece is called "Alphabet 1" and is by Scott McCarney. I liked how McCarney made the letters pop out out the viewer. With the way the light is shining the shadows of each letter wind up on the next letter which makes it look cool. I am curious as to why McCarney chose the letters A-G as opposed to any other letters. Plus these letters were all in order. He could have chosen any random letters.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Here is a traditional tunnel book artist... (click it to see it full size)
Ann Stinner, titled "Drift" about life in the prairie. The materials she used are painted papers, stencil, collage, paste paper, and machine-perforated treatments; acrylic paint, gesso, and wheat paste were used in the colouring of the papers; laser printed written texts. I think her own statement about her work says it best.
Artist's Statement: What impresses me most about life on the prairies is the powerful influence of the natural elements. In spite of differences in ethnic background or daily routines, all of us who live here must adapt to the climate and the weather. Nature is a great equalizer, and a key determinant of prairie culture. These ideas interest me as an artist. In the midst of the beauty and vastness of the landscape, and in the face of wind, snow, and floods, our human presence often seems vulnerable and temporary. Even if we live in cities, we all pay attention to the rhythms of the seasons and try to anticipate the natural events which occasionally surprise us. This book work suggests, through both visual and verbal means, some aspects of the uneasy yet respectful relationship human beings have with their prairie environment.
-Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts
-Tom Phillips, The Humument
-Ron King, Turn Over Darling
-Scott McCarney, In Case of Emergency
-Martine Aballea, Triangle
-Conrad Gleber, Meat Book
-Allison Cooke Brown
-Emily Martin, Eight Slices of Pie
-Maddy Rosenberg, Shadow of Descent
-Sandra Jackman, On a Darkling Plain
-Mary Bennett, German Egypt
The above links don't all contain images, but are rather a place to start in searching for books by these artists.
Also, there is a wonderful, fcomic book called "The Pop-Up Book of Phobias" by Gary Greenberg. I've included some images below. This is a wonderful example of what I have been talking to many of you about-- namely the importance of playing with perspective (how is your viewer entering the scene? are they in the middle of the action or on the sidelines?). Pay special attention to the way the viewer is implicated in the scenes below; the viewer is in the dentist 's chair, looking down at a dirty toilet, looking up from the bottom of a grave, standing on the ledge of a tall building. Because of this shift in point of view, the viewer is drawn into the scene and experiences it more viscerally.
Friday, April 30, 2010
This is one of the many artist books that really liked. This book is by Howard Munson, and the reason I like it is, because he doesn't focus on only figures, he focuses on many different things. Munson is well known for his pop ups, and the "naked" prints and drawings, enclosed within these crafted casings make the book arts the best medium for Munson's talents.
The reason I picked this drawing is, because I like how the basics are layed out on the paper. I also like how the artist worked around the basics and created the basic drawing of Julie's body. Even though this drawing is not specifically detailed, it looks really professional.
This abstract colored drawing by Brenda Adams is one of my favorites for two reasons. One is an abstract drawing, and two the blending of colors is awesome. The movement of the color makes a statement and I personally believe that any art piece has to make a statement in order to be strong. I also like the fact that she doesn't try to match the colors together, but tries to organize them so that either way they would interact with each other.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
We talked about Andrea Dezso's work in class, but I never gave you her website. Click here to see more of her work.
Andrea Dezso, Living Inside, 2009, tunnel book series
Andrea Dezso, Living Inside, 2009, tunnel book series
Also, as I was researching papercutting online, I found Peter Callesen, also working in paper. Click here to see more of his work.
Peter Callesen, Snowballs, 2005
Peter Callesen, In the Short Distance Between Time and Shadow (detail), 2006
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I thought the work done by artist Kara Walker was both creepy and delightful. I liked how she made her cut-outs powerful using just silhouettes and and lighting. I especially liked the exhibit where she used the lighting to, quite literally, bring the audience into the work. The subject of her work is usually slavery and is very moving. The images, while not detailed, are extremely violent sometimes. It was surprising to find that such a powerful artist wasn't well-known. I couldn't find a lot of the pieces from the video in any sort of decent size online.