This is a mini documentary featuring the Spanish brand peSeta in conjunction with the New Museum of New York chronicling the union of two mechanical lovers: a bicycle and a sewing machine. The result was this sweet film and 15 lovely bicycle caps (which can only be found at the New Museum shop–235 Bowery, NYC). Megafaun‘s The Longest Day was a beautiful feature in the film as well.
It almost compels me to go out and ride a bike. Almost.
Okay, so I know I said I would only post on Sundays, but this couldn’t wait.
Chinese Conceptual Artist Ai Weiwei filled the Tate Modern‘s Turbine hall with literally 100 million handcrafted and painted, life-sized sunflower seed husks. The husks are made out of porcelain, which is synonymous with China, considering porcelain is it’s most prized export.
Apparently Weiwei had hundreds of people helping her in small-scale workshops in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen to create this sculptural installation.
Sunflower Seeds invites viewers to take a closer look at the ‘Made in China’ phenomenon and the geo-political issues surrounding culture and economics today.
Kind of an amusing side note: The artist originally encouraged patrons to interact with the sculpture by walking on the seeded “carpet”. The Tate Modern has since made a notice of the hazardous dust that has been created due to these interactions, and now asks viewers to stay off their lawn, so to speak.
Today my post is actually something I have to do for school, but it was pretty amazing and inspiring so of course I had to share.
For my Art in the Elementary School Studio class we’ve been divided up into small groups and asked to research an artist to theoretically introduce to elementary-aged students and present ways in which to integrate the art with other subjects relevant to the students, as well as the artist.
So pretty easy right? Haha, well… with the artist my partner and I are doing our research on, it is.
“Callie” Curry aka Swoon is an amazing Floridian turned New York street artist. Utilizing blockprinting and wheatpasting as her main medium, Swoon creates beautiful images of the people around here. (For a more in depth description of her work and intentions visit Philagrafika 2010)
We’re basing our research off of this clip, which along with the website mentioned above, I believe give a pretty great summation of what everyone is Swoon-ing over.
Needless to say I’m just a little bit busy, but definitely in a good way. Unfortunately that means that blogging has to be left for Sundays when I’m not working, schooling, or practicum-ing it up. Don’t be sad though because this means that I’ll actually have a posting schedule where-as before I would just randomly post whenever I could. Yay for organization!
I can’t wait for this summer season to begin! So many fun things are happening and I just want to get out and do them!
Coming up soon, and something I’m really excited about is the Northwest Film Center presenting the best film ever made about filmmaking: Frederico Fellini’s Oscar-winning 8½. Cutting freely between dream sequences, flashbacks, and the present, Fellini brilliantly weaves memory, fantasy, and reality into an intense psychological portrait and a thoughtful meditation on the life of an artist. The most autobiographical of Fellini’s work, 8½ is one of cinema’s greatest and most influential films.
I found a clip that beautifully illustrates the flashback vs. present aspect of the film.
Not only is it a fantastic film, the aspect of photography is so beautifully articulated! What can I say, I’m a photo-junkie.
If you’re in the Portland Metro-Area between June 18th-21st, you definitely have to fit this screening into your schedule.
Thanks to i heart photograph, I found this amazing artist whom I envy SO much because of his brilliance. Lately I’ve been doing studies of landscapes with my photographic work, but landscapes created by things… other than land. I’m particularly interested in how the body can be used to create landscapes.
This artist, Jason Lazarus, took the ashes of artist Robert Heinecken–with permission–and made photograms of Heinecken’s cremated remains. The images look like constellations or mappings of the universe. They are beautiful and have an other-worldly quality to them.
Study #6 (154y, 64m at f8 for 1 sec, burned with flashlight)
Study #21 (171y, 171m at f8, 30 sec with slight dodge)
Study #15 (10y, 171m at f16, 6 sec)
If you click on Robert Heinecken’s name above it will take you to a web page regarding some of his work at the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
This week was a whirl-wind: between the exhibit, two photo critiques, a paper and just life in general, I’m surprised I got it all done in one piece!
I promised an update on the mishaps at the museum. Sorry to disappoint, but there weren’t too many. I almost got into the case, but it turned out the my super petite arms were enough to fix the display. I never thought I would be so excited about having small arms, but this week gave me lots of reasons to appreciate myself.
Speaking of the exhibit, it’s up and open! So if you’re in the Eugene/Springfield or surrounding areas, or if you decide to make a pilgrimage down, please visit the Lane County Historical Museum! The exhibit will be up for the next 11 months, so don’t worry, you have time to see it before it’s taken down.
For more information about the museum, click here.
Going to the digital lab today, so hopefully I’ll be able to scan some of my work in, so you can see all the photos I’ve been working hard on to create the past few weeks.
Final thing, this song has kept me going all this week, and I want to share it.
Along with being the first of May (happy May day everyone!), yesterday was the 136th Run for the Roses, which to me is much more exciting. Of course, I had my final museum class from 9-5 that day, so I missed the race. BUT! ESPN is wonderful–funny that should ever come out of my mouth–and had a replay of the race for me to watch, without spoiling the results for me. Much to my pleasure, my horsewon, so I’m very happy about that. (PS. Horse Racing is probably the only sport I actually enjoy/engage in, and the KD is obviously the biggest race, so this is a pretty big deal for me.)
Calvin Borel atop Super Saver
In other exciting news, we’re in the home stretch for the opening of the Tie Dye and Tofu exhibit, on Saturday,May 8th. Yesterday I spent 8 hours mounting 57 million images and posters to foam core backing. Okay, maybe not 57 million, but it certainly felt like it. Who knew creating displays would require so much grunt work? We haven’t even started the difficult part yet: getting all the panels into the display cases. Doesn’t seem difficult… except for the fact that the display cases are vintage clothing display cases–which weigh basically 1,000 lbs each–that have sliding glass doors that go straight up and require two people to push up. Oh, did I also mention the fact that blocking the clearance to one of the sliding doors is a suspended buggy from the 1800’s, that can’t be moved? So how do we get the panels in there without completely ruining them…? That’s right, me. There’s about a foot that the glass door can be pushed up, so I was elected to squeeze myself under the doors, and hang the display… trapped inside the case.
Stay tuned, there will be more to come on this epic adventure of museum mishaps.
Today I am especially excited for the sun! and taking pictures for my lovely friend Mo, for her grad announcements. I feel like such a professional. :]
The sun is out! It obviously is a result of how fabulous my last post was. Obviously. :] Though the sun is out, it’s still only 50°F outside. It’s okay, at least I don’t have to wear my rain boots today.
Things I’m also excited about today:
Getting my 4×5 camera today! The photo lab opened up so I can start developing and printing today.