Monday, December 20, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Poke through the Vimeo archive to find the amazing sidewalk campaign for Target in Union Square.
Friday, December 3, 2010
MoMA’s Performance Exhibition Series presents a program of live performance and dance in conjunction with the group exhibition On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century. The dancing body has long been a subject matter for drawing, as seen in a variety of works included in this exhibition. These documentations show dance in two dimensions, allowing it to be seen in a gallery setting. But if one considers line as the trace of a point in motion—an idea at the core of this project—the very act of dance becomes a drawing, an insertion of line into time and the three-dimensional space of our lived world.
About On Line (through February 7, 2011)
On Line explores the radical transformation of the medium of drawing throughout the twentieth century, a period when numerous artists subjected the traditional concepts of drawing to a critical examination and expanded the medium's definition in relation to gesture and form. In a revolutionary departure from the institutional definition of drawing, and from the reliance on paper as the fundamental support material, artists instead pushed line across the plane into real space, thus questioning the relation between the object of art and the world. On Line includes approximately three hundred works that connect drawing with selections of painting, sculpture, photography, film, and dance (represented by film and documentation). In this way, the exhibition makes the case for a discursive history of mark making, while mapping an alternative project of drawing in the twentieth century. The exhibition includes works by a wide range of artists, both familiar and relatively unknown, from different eras of the past century and from many nations, including Aleksandr Rodchenko, Alexander Calder, Karel Malich, Eva Hesse, Anna Maria Maiolino, Richard Tuttle, Mona Hatoum, and Monika Grzymala.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Participating artists included: Anila Agha, Barb Bondy, Melissa Cooke, Laura Ferguson, Sanda Iliescu, Heidi Jensen, Clive King, Zach Mory, Julie Püttgen, Carla Rokes, Elin O’Hara Slavick, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Barbara Campbell Thomas, and Jason Watson. An online catalogue of the show is here.
Featured image is by Anila Agha.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Countdown - 4 nights until... (directly quoting from the PBS website):
William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible gives viewers an intimate look into the mind and creative process of William Kentridge, the South African artist whose acclaimed charcoal drawings, animations, video installations, shadow plays, mechanical puppets, tapestries, sculptures, live performance pieces, and operas have made him one of the most dynamic and exciting contemporary artists working today. With its rich historical references and undertones of political and social commentary, Kentridge's work has earned him inclusion in Time magazine's 2009 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
This documentary features exclusive interviews with Kentridge as he works in his studio and discusses his artistic philosophy and techniques. In the film, Kentridge talks about how his personal history as a white South African of Jewish heritage has informed recurring themes in his work—including violent oppression, class struggle, and social and political hierarchies. Additionally, Kentridge discusses his experiments with "machines that tell you what it is to look" and how the very mechanism of vision is a metaphor for "the agency we have, whether we like it or not, to make sense of the world." We see Kentridge in his studio as he creates animations, music, video, and projection pieces for his various projects, including Breathe (2008); I am not me, the horse is not mine (2008); and the opera The Nose (2010), which premiered earlier this year at New York's Metropolitan Opera to rave reviews.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Andreas Kocks, Paperwork #935G, 2009
Photo by Ed Watkins
Monday, August 16, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
In my first university-level class I taught, there was a student recently returned from deployment in the Middle East. He showed me some of the sketches he made while serving. They were heartfelt, smart, reflective (in every sense), and they have stuck with me ever since. Since its inception, the number of teaching artists in the Marine Corps has gone from 77 to 1. I am glad one remains, and hopeful for more.
Sgt. Jack Corillo's work is pictured above.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
If you don't have a cinematographer in the house, the next best thing is to record yourself. Timelapse drawing has come up in several conversations lately, and is also a great way to see how you make visual and kinetic decisions on the page. The video below is a random grab from YouTube. Make your own and see what happens. You have until July 1 - go!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
About the project, Hutcheson states: "In 2008 I spent 8 weeks as an Artist in Residence for the Australian Antarctic Division drawing frantically as I journeyed in and around the continent. On my return, the challenge has been to try and capture some of the Antarctica I experienced. Out there, you have a constant awareness of movement and time. Some of it is so slow - gigantic icesheets flowing towards the sea at seemingly imperceptible rates but then, you can also
watch the sea water become ice, and weather fronts moving across the horizon. And the majority of what makes up the landscape is frozen water. It's defined by this ever-creeping whiteness in compositional terms, a mass of negative space. How to deal with this in the drawings I was making? At the start of the year, in response to this dilemma, I began to play with making very short animations, sort of time-lapse drawings of the landscape."
His animated works are fluid, short, and powerfully evocative.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
The deadline for entries is May 14, 2010.
For more information, please visit the EU website.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Full details on the show are here on the MCA website.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
On the dance side, high school dance students and their teachers joined up with USC dance students and professors to learn a 3-minute etude that the HS folks will take back to their schools to perform and teach to other students. On the drawing side, three of my students and I spent three hours recording, through drawn gestural line, this experience of dancers learning the etude. What emerged were drawn signatures of danced phrases - 10 - 20 body positions conspiring into single figures.
The linkage between drawing and dance is in many ways easy and obvious - one makes a physical move that conveys direction, speed, intensity, pressure, duration and space. But it was truly exciting to have dancers look at abstracted marks on the page and recognize themselves in them; as well, for those drawing to feel like we were dancing as we moved and left material traces of vision. The immediacy and intimacy of the experience was inspiring (and thus highly recommended - go draw dancers! Hurry!!!).
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
From their website: "Tracey is a peer reviewed electronic journal dedicated to drawing and contemporary issues. It is varied and diverse with a fast growing readership of academics, students and practitioners representing a wide range of drawing interests including fine art, architectural design, graphics, product design and visual communication, ideally any activity in which drawing is essential."
The Tracey website is a great collection of writing on a wide range of research topics, from the syntax of mark, to the state of drawing education, to mapping and memory. The questions raised are vital, and the coverage thoughtful.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
The Drawings of Bronzino will be on exhibition at the Met until April 18, 2010. See images from the show and hear interviews with curator Carmen Bambach here.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The DVD will be available this spring. Sign up for an availability alert via Kassan's website.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Manifest Gallery has extended its deadline for submission to the International Drawing Annual. 48 hours remain, so act fast. The INDA features drawings, and writing about drawing, from artists the world over, and is an excellent venue for exposure and exchange. Details about how to submit are found here: http://www.manifestgallery.org/inda5/. Entries must be postmarked or emailed by January 7, 2010.
While you're on the Manifest website, check out the PDFs of all their catalogues - a fantastic offering! http://www.manifestgallery.org/manifestpress/catalogs/index.html