03 oct 09
Hello all! Been a productive week. Before I get to studio work, I will begin with an extension of last Wednesday’s class. With the final round of inspiration presentations, our class went really long and we did not get to everything. Our small group meeting had discussed the Elkin’s text concerning Suggestions, chapter 5. Elkins offers that to fight many of the pitfalls of the critique that some exercises are possible. He suggests the possibility of presenting another persons art, attempting to tell classmates that your oldest work is your newest and many other twists. Our group found this refreshing compared to the previous chapters in the text and found ourselves in a big convo trying to see if there could be practical advantages to the exercises. Leaping ahead, we thought that for the most part, the critique boiled back down to how well you can bullshit your peers. This is not a solution as it proves that both craft and content can be subverted by linguistics. Knowing this, we agreed that some would possibly have limited uses in the classroom setting and decided to try one. Patrick planned to discuss Felix Gonzales-Torres as one of his inspirations. We agreed that I would speak first and include Torres as my inspiration. Just as we imagined, the class believed my BS session on Torres. Yes, I was not totally honest with you but hope that the candy made up for it. What we did learn, (I have to vindicate myself somehow) was that one could compare themselves to artists that they don’t normally associate with and learn something along the way. It forces you to think in different ways about your work when you try to make connections that either were not there or were hidden. So, in the end it was successful but only useful in small doses.
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The other thing that was cut short by class was my announcement. As many of you know, I have a performance on October 16th in the Performance Lab at the lofts. It is a huge production involving 16 participants, large props and tons of preparation. I still need 4-5 more volunteers. It will be a fun group experiment allowing viewers to think about one or two things. This project has kept me pretty busy this week. To separate the two sides of the space I am building what are known as “jersey barriers.” They are essentially concrete walls that prevent bomb shrapnel from traveling too far. Concrete is a little difficult to build for a one night space in the lofts, so I am doing faux concrete. Don’t tell! So, if you are interested contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find me on the “stalker list” as well.
So, the reason I wanted Graduate school was to find people that are highly motivated. I have found that and it gives me a warm fuzzy. (Don’t tell my friends back in the country) We put together the MMOPCA project and it came out great. I went into the sculpture wood shop last week and five people were cranking out letters for the gallery. You could not breath with the amount of dust. People routing, sanding, cleaning and painting like mad. I left after eleven, by the next day, it looked amazing with fresh paint and installed work. Cleaned composite flooring. You will have to stop by and check out the show. (7th floor, Humanities near the 3-D studios) Talk is happening about a show next month already. Keep your eyes out for calls.
Had a friend in town this weekend and went out to a couple of galleries Friday night. We checked out the performances at Mound St. Yoga. It was a definite crescendo from the beginning “interpretive rainforest dance” through the experimental group project consisting of 4 artists who choreographed a dance online then met and practiced for 45 minutes the day of the performance. Also, two girls performed a cool dance dealing with love and power. Finally, Marina’s group performed an amazing piece. I have never witnessed a dance that involved fruits rolling around the floor while people danced. It was great but I really thought that someone was going to bust their ass. I am glad that they didn’t because I am one of those people that laugh when someone falls. Sorry? It was a great production. I am very glad I got to see it. We also swung by the Mermaid Café for some live music.
I called my Momma tonight. She has our modern doghouse painted. I am looking for some steel to cover the roof. I have to travel to Missouri next weekend to clean out my storage garage so maybe I will find some material there. In the picture, it was not yet painted. Mies van der Rohe would be jealous! Georgie (our dog) really digs it and claims it as her own. She enjoys animal planet. Maybe we could install a small flat screen in it for her.
I have been reading Art and Fear for the last couple of days. It is a good refreshing read. Remember, we need to all stay in touch with the art world and keep working after we graduate. That seems to be what I hear from other grad friends that have graduated in the last couple of years. One of our best grads at SIUE got public pieces in sculpture parks, did excellent, AMAZING work and moved home after grad school and never really shows any more. I don’t plan on being a teacher so I am leaning toward doing some residencies and keep collaborating with folks to keep my name out there. My Plan A is to just keep making art, applying for shows and enjoying a creative life. It has worked so far. Ok, I am rambling. I will wrap it up now since I made everyone read way too much on all of my other blogs.
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