Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
SPHINX STUDY #2 (2004) by Claudia Fitch
Painted cast polyester resin with flocking
Image via Greg Kucera Gallery
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Roughage: Cucumbers, mussels, mint, baby greens, watercress, grilled fennel, cucumber grapefruit vinaigrette
Substance: Coriander braised duck leg, picholine, heirloom carrots, cous cous, chickpeas
Sweet: Star anise Ginger cake, coconut, spiced pistachio brittle, persimmon pear jam
Monday, January 25, 2010
"To dare to make history when you are young, when you are a minority, when you are working, or nonworking class, when you are voiceless in society, takes courage." - Tim Rollins
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Tim Rollins and K.O.S. Amerika I (after Franz Kafka), 1984-1985.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
"Each week participating artists will visit their assigned academic professional, learn about their work, and select material to add to Intellectual Property. In total fourteen artists will pair up with fourteen academic professionals over the course of seven weeks. Updates announcing artist-professional pairings and items accumulating in the collection will be disseminated regularly."
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Geomorphic Solutions Contracting - Arches National Park Phase III, Grand County, UT
John Boylan will be hosting of one his Conversations at Vermillion tomorrow. The guest list is heavy of folks who are passionate about both drawing and teaching drawing. Jed Dunkerley (artist, teacher, performer, provocateur), J.C. Schlechter (artist, teacher, curator), Lisa Bade (artist, teacher, and activist), Jon Gierlich (artist, teacher)
Saturday, January 16, 2010
"Dr Frankenstein’s grand-children Maria and Rudolph have moved to the American West, in order to use the prairie lightning storms in their experiments on unwilling victims. After a number of failures, Rudolph is finding it increasingly difficult to hide the trail of bodies."
Thursday, January 14, 2010
“If the conflict in Vietnam was notable for open access given to journalists as the war played out nightly in bloody newscasts, the Iraq war may mark an opposite extreme: after five years and more than 4,000 American combat deaths, [internet] searches and interviews turned up fewer than a half-dozen graphic photographs of dead American soldiers...opponents of the war, civil liberties advocates and journalists argue that the public portrayal of the war is being sanitized and that Americans who choose to do so have the right to see ‘in whatever medium’ the human cost of a war that polls consistently show is unpopular with Americans.”
- Michael Kamber and Tim Arango, New York Times, July 26, 2008
Loss: everybody’s doin’ it. It is an inevitable part of our lives. We lose our innocence, our loved ones, our memories, our health, our money, our homes, our friends. And eventually, we all lose our lives, many of us sooner than nature should allow and too many of us in the monstrosity of war.
This loss, in particular, is mounting. How do we reconcile this loss? How do we grieve? We all censor our personal losses to varying degrees – we deny, we avoid, we make light, but how do we honor these service losses amid a censored and sterilized public portrayal of the horrific reality of war? Do we just put a blanket over our wounded, dead and dying and turn the camera away from the truth?
What about our soldiers who will live out their days with a missing limb or two as a constant reminder of their loss? This generation of warriors who in eras past would have perished from their wounds will now return home with an agonizing memento of loss for all to see.
With ‘Monument’, I address these issues with an incisive yet sympathetic approach, culminating in a sculpture and photo installation. Depicting an historic monument, I have erected a commemorative pillar of roughly hewn tiles representing our wounded and fallen troops, with a reflection pool of symbolic red Plexiglas – segmented and incomplete. Working in concert with the sculpture, the high-luster, resin-coated photographs of action-figure amputees satirically illustrate the government-mandated American media’s glossing over of the painful, graphic and disturbing human cost of war.
This installation is my memorial to loss, but it is not an attempt to answer questions, because I don’t know that there are any answers. If anything, I hope that it invites questions and provokes thought in its viewers on a subject that we as American citizens have been sheltered from. I’m not a soldier and I have never seen war. There are terrific horrors that our service men and women are experiencing that I can scarcely imagine. The least I can do is acknowledge their loss and pay tribute.
Troy Gua, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
San Juan (2008) by Ryan Mokenkamp
Sound Plans by Ryan Molenkamp opens up Thursday at the Tacoma Public Library Handforth Gallery. The show includes work from both his Place and San Juan series, including the large (8'x12') piece Puget Sound.
Opening reception: Jan 14th, 5-8pm
Monday, January 11, 2010
Mythos Sorta by Darin ShulerThursday, January 14, 6-10pmUrsa Minor Gallery3308 E. Spring Street
Thursday, Jan 14, 7-9pm
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Garland (2009) by Nicholas Nyland
Acrylic on paper, grommets, rope
Gretchen Bennett just got home from a residency in Reykjavik where the sun is only out for a couple of hours a day this time of year. Iceland's reliance on artificial light extends itself into her new body of work at Howard House. World Community Theater tells a variety of stories through the filters of light, weather and music. This is the show I'm most excited to see tonight! I'm such a fan.
Local artist Juan Alonso is hosting his final open studio according to his blog. I know that times are really tough right now but I just hate the thought of Juan (or anyone) having to take a break from their passion. Support your local artist if you can.