Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sure I talk the talk...

ARTBASH 2010 at SAIC: A selection from the multitude of freshman works - the awesome and the not so awesome.
"Movement Exercise: Reconstruction of Pornographic Gesture" by Courtney Mackedanz. Knowing her as a kinda - shy - and - really - smart person who is in my poetry class, I was really proud of her for doing this piece which she executed so gracefully. People who didn't see the taped off barrier that showed where her performance was, and walked all over it, really ticked me off. It showed that they weren't taking the time to really watch what she was doing, which was actually really important. Definitely one of the most well - thought - out and original pieces that was performed that night.
"Come Stay For a While" by Chottip Nimla-Or and "A Japanese Proverb" by Kevin Suzuki. I was so tempted to walk up and eat one of the treats she had on display, and probably could have after the performances were done and being taken down. Every single prop that wasn't edible was hand made, and I'm pretty sure her costume was too. I only wish she had a little microphone, or that she had projected more, because as she was moving about the space she would repeat "Thank you, thank you" which was a big part of the performance itself. The japanese proverb guy I'm still trying to figure out. I will describe it and maybe you can enlighten me. I admit it was hilarious though. He wore a red dress shirt and black pin-striped suit, with two circles cut out in the back of the pants to reveal his ass. He walked around the space, chin held high, bumping into people and walls. Once he got to one point in the room, he would stop, throw off his shoes, and run screaming across the length of the show room. Any thoughts as to what proverb he is illustrating? Well, anyway...
"Patvir Gaay (sacred cow)" by Sajji Diana Lazarus. Another girl with lots of guts. Dressed in traditional Indian clothing, she had someone walk her around the room with a rope and cow bell tied around her neck and a tray of appetizers strapped to her back. People were welcomed to take and eat these pieces of meat with toothpicks, and as she walked the cowbell signaled she was near.
"The Debut" by Sydnee Stratman. This girl must have consumed atleast 20 cupcakes in the 40 minute span of her performance. Yikes. As she ate and chugged down glasses of what was probably sparkling apple juice, she wept over the company that had neglected her and never showed up for the dinner date. She was great, however, her serving man was not as able to stay in character, and therefore the performance lost some of its magic. It wasn't entirely his fault though, because at one point one of the planners for the show came up and started talking to the serving man about something unrelated, obviously not part of the act. But anyway, great set up, and I can only imagine how sick she felt after the act.
The end of "Pillow Fight" by Giovanna Pizzoferrato. Before this picture was taken, one by one the members involved lined up holding pillows and facing each other in pairs. At exactly 7:40, I don't know who of them was keeping track, but all of a sudden the pillow fight began, feathers flying through the air, until one person lay left on the ground, the others ganging up on her, then dropping their pillows and walking away. I had a sneezing fit at the end, when all the dust and dander from the pillows was still lingering in the air. However, I thoroughly enjoyed and caught it on camera.

"Untitled" by Seth Garlock. Hand made with sequins attached. Wonderfully put together with a lot of time and effort spent on it. And yet, it was deemed "untitled". Surely he realized that regardless of title people would attach all sorts of associations and names to it. I could think of 5 at the top of my head from the first time I saw it. Therefore I hereby name this piece "Famed Insanity". If you come up with another title please comment.
"Earth, Body, Dwelling" by Lesley Jackson. Very cute and interesting to look at. Probably my favorite piece in the whole show. If she's selling, I wanna buy. Each tooth is made out of dirt, but I have no idea how she put them together or displayed them that way. Really makes you look closer and wonder what the inspiration for this piece was.
"Re-Upholstery" by Tim Mann. This thing was intense, and had a great presence. It stood up all on its own, and the only thing used was packing tape. I mean, it looks like he wrapped the tape around the chair, but then, how did you get it off of said chair, and then put it back together? I was stumped. But I like that.
"Imprinting" by Carson Hoerz. Image transferring is an awesome thing I have yet to try for myself. I am very impressed by people who do it well. Not to mention, those are plaster casts of Starbucks cups, which means they look almost exactly like the real thing, except they are extremely heavy. It really says something about how Starbucks, or just coffee in general, impacts the lives of people that drink it.

So, that was just a taste of some of the work that was on display at ARTBASH, and if you are currently in Chicago, it is definitely something to come check out and judge for yourself!

I also walk the walk...

"Spoon River" - Named for a song I am obsessed with - Acrylic on Canvas, 14" x 11". Originally it was one of those paintings I make when I am goofing off at 2 in the morning because I can't sleep, but as I continued to work on it I realized I should give it to a friend of mine, Allison, who I have been telling I owe a painting for a while now. May need a bit of work, but it's at a stage where I am afraid to touch it because I don't want to mess it up. To me, internally, that tells me I am done.
"Reflecting God" - Just made that title up on the spot, since to me it is a spiritually inspiring object, as well as it reminds me of a Marilyn Manson song by the same name. Acrylic on Wood, 6" x 10". My favorite out of a set of three I made for a Core class project inspired by Matisse, and I know I should only be posting independent work (as I inscribed as a rule for this blog), but it is a definite portfolio piece and I'm proud of it, plus we were given really loose guidelines for the project so I had total freedom. You gotta check it out in person to really get the full effect.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Lots and lots of Marilyn Manson...and a little rambling...hey just warning you.

"Antichrist Superstar" - can't really see the antichrist part, oops. Combination collage and drawing.
"Golden Age of Grotesque" - Mixed media with images, paint, and sharpie.
"Pretty as a ($)" - Marilyn Manson song off of the High end of Low. Marker.

"Spade" - Marilyn Manson song off of Golden Age of Grotesque - Collage and sharpie. I know, the bottom A's are supposed to be upside-down. Again, oops. But happy accidents. I like them.

So, if I may suddenly jump to a new topic - in Art History today we learned about the English pop artists as well as the Situationist International. Two very different movements going on at the same time in Europe. The English pop artists were poking fun at America's consumer culture and wealth/excess in a humorous way, while at the same time aspiring to be like us, because, well, all they had on their plate over there in England was SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM. The Situationists, however, believed that the world was becoming so numb by consumer culture and mass media that they desired to "create" genuine experiences for the public viewing their art. Most of these "experiences" they "created" were manipulating large crowds of people into inciting riots in the street that destroyed property and got people killed (by police and such trying to control the crowd which would not have even happened if the situationists had just kept their mouth shut and minded their own business). Somehow, they got to America and started inciting these riots on our turf. Amazingly (not really) these riots were of little purpose politically or otherwise, and didn't receive a very significant place in art history (yay). So basically, the English inspired us to consider our material flaws through the use of humor, while the situationists created "experiences" of violence and in the end achieved in proving absolutely NOTHING. They were worse than the hippies, I mean, at least the hippies didn't believe in violence and just sat around sedated all day (but still achieved nothing). But the situtionists were like "Hey! I know what will get people's attention! Lets get people killed and call it art!" So, I think we all see the moral in this story, there is little need to reiterate, you have been a great audience for putting up with my rant, thank you for your time.