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!

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