There are many themes to explore when thinking of collaborative work.
1. Pop-up Art Gallery/ Public art
image source: Patrick Dougherty
Instead of Hay we could also think of materials that could work similarly that we can get such as paper pulp, wire, cloth etc and use compost as a adhesive?
What about using wooden Pallets?
Images source: RaumlaborBerlin
2. Relational Art
3. Body Operated Vehicles
4. Sustainability Thoughts
Art and Economics
This was a very interesting article for me on an economics and art perspective. Ignoring the creative minds happening in North America is similar to the ones happening in Asia, most art is seen as traditional and no longer hold creative thinking processes as they are seen as tourism opportunities. The young are not taught to think and create but to solve math and understand theories of science. I am not saying that they are different but I believe that they should compliment each other. It is undeniable that income as the economy grows in China, more middle class appears but the rich only get richer as in the U.S. An interesting article "America's New Aristocracy" from the economist last months shows how the rich are just getting richer not because of physical assets but brains and power of the pen (or keyboard).
The problem here is that they are also often more appreciative of the arts, sure we can measure SAT scores and GPA but I would be interested to see the correlation between their creative minds and those of less opportunity.
Get a REAL JOB
Scott Timbert also talks briefly about about
We spent a generation (or more) cutting funding for the arts in school. Students are not exposed to art, do not learn to understand or appreciate art. We have no money for field trips; no trips to museums or the symphony or plays or the opera. We spent a generation cutting or not filling staff positions for GATE classes. We spend a generation teaching to pass the annual proficiency test. Kids do not learn to reason and think critically. We spent a generation cutting federal and state funding for the arts. Too bad, NPR and PBS. We spent a generation dumbing down programming so that the History Channel and TLC present pseudo-scientific conspiracy theory as fact, so that faux archeologists present as fact a tenuous string of questionable conclusions. We spent a generation taking away science and political analysis magazines from the checkout stand and replacing them with fashion, thinspiration, shallow gossip rags. We spent a generation shrinking the strong middle class, cutting their support from patronizing art programs and the ability to contribute where government funding has fallen off. We spent a generation making college so expensive that a liberal arts education is an unaffordable frivolity, forgoing a broader education for a target tech school education in hopes of being able to survive. We spent a generation allowing religious creation myth and questionable dogma creep into our children's textbooks to be presented as fact alongside with altered history, no longer to be taught as a background cultural influence of war but as a means of justifying the class warfare boot oppressing the masses. We spent a generation or more of growing corporations buying media and broadcasting and narrowing choices to a trickle of candy apple or candy apple programming. We have abandoned in-depth reporting of newspapers in exchange for sound bites, 30-second news broadcasts, blurbs at the bottom of the screen.
We have cut off our own arms and legs, fellow citizens. We have placed our own head on the chopping block.
We have allowed this to happen.
The paintings, unloved, returned to the houses of the rich, who of course still exist, because they are the ones who can afford them and appreciate them. The symphonies, the ballets, the opera houses close, starved of the support of a culture who no longer sees value in something they have not been given the chance to appreciate. The "successful" artists are mange-ridden anemic beasts of burden sucked dry by corporate parasites.
Sustainability. Hear or read that word and immediately what comes to mind there is green and trash made into art. But thanks to a semester of ECON 471 of economic development and sustainable growth, so much more comes to mind than just trash to treasures. A lot of my past work dealt with a high focus on craftsmanship and I think the most challenging part for me as a part of this class is to start with something used/discarded and making it sustainable again not because reduce, reuse, recycle but sustainable thought processes and growth (less economically and more creativity and spiritually).
I would like to push my artistic boundaries to go beyond the craft but also think about the material and the weight it already carries. I was presenting my artwork in a different class this semester to fresh opinions and I started to think about my attraction to structural lines as the ones I made in Ceramic Sculpture and also boxes and frames etc. I looked back and instead of seeing them as structural muscular lines with a feminine touch I thought of them as softer lines that are more intimate and approachable.
I want to push forth this boundary of hard and soft lines in my work to address why female politicians wear pantsuits or why no one takes me seriously when I shop in Home Depot with a dress. To think of the idea that artists can't do math and asian kids must be engineers. Or maybe just focus on the lines. I don't know. yet.
I still struggle with the idea before the work or letting work inform the idea. egg or chicken? or maybe idea-work-new,better idea. Who knows.
So here are some of the artwork that I have looked at, if anything interests you the artist names should show up as you click them. In a nutshell, I think that the materials I am considering are paper, metal, fabric and a dozen visits to Salvage this year.
There are infinite possibilities as to what we could do. If this homeless man can live out of a home in his pocket "Basic Home by Martin Azua, we can have a pop up art show anywhere we want!
Collaboratively I would imagine all of us to have such individual creations that together would be an amazing show, but what else can we do? Could we hide them in plain sight like Greame's work which I can't find now cause he work anonymously.
Being new to the art scene, it is easy to for all the sensory organs to feel overwhelmed. What to look at? What to make? What to do? What is this about? While I took my time in experimenting different mediums and forms, I am particularly attracted to artwork where the process itself is an art of its own. So the artist I chose to present is Tim Hawkinson.
Everything from his weirdness and funny accent makes me grow fonder of his pieces and admiring his art processes which can be comparable to engineering. From surrealistic Dali clocks to zentangle doodles to musical installations, Tim's work not only reflects an abstracted mind but also a technical creative process to create these amazing works.
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