Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Softer Reality

Something that the craftier souls in printmaking (or really anyone) can appreciate.

Tatyana Yanishevsky creates installations of human-sized knit plants, all constructed to be identical to their real life counterparts. She uses different knitting techniques to create the various textures and organs within each plant.

Check out her site here:
The Knit Garden

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Touch of Weevil - Jennifer Angus

This short video highlights Jennifer Angus' work. She is the artist who will be showing at the Craft Alliance Gallery in Grand Center in a couple of weeks. There is still time to get involved in helping with the installation! Contact me or the Craft Alliance at 314-534-7528.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Susan Sontag

    While the following quote is not license to dodge explanation and/or descriptions of your work in the next critique, Sontag's "Against Interpretation" essay makes some interesting points. An excerpt (link to the full article by clicking the title post) follows. Additionally, Reborn, a collection of Sontag's journals, provides an inside view of her life and ruminations.

    "Interpretation takes the sensory experience of the work of art for granted, and proceeds from there. This cannot be taken for granted, now. Think of the sheer multiplication of works of art available to every one of us, superadded to the conflicting tastes and odors and sights of the urban environment that bombard our senses. Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. All the conditions of modern life--its material plenitude, its sheer crowdedness--conjoin to dull our sensory faculties. And it is in the light of the condition of our senses, our capacities (rather than those of another age), that the task of the critic must be assessed. What is important now is to recover our senses. We must learn to see more, to hear more, to feel more. Our task is not to find the maximum amount of content in a work of art, much less to squeezes more content out of the work than is already there. Our task is to cut back content so that we can see the thing at all. The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art--and, by analogy, our own experience--more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means. In place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art."

    Tuesday, January 13, 2009

    Art House

    I just came across this site-it is a project based artists' co-op and much more:

    Art House creates massive, nationwide art projects. We host openings for the projects at our gallery in Atlanta, Ga as well as guest galleries around the country. Don't be shy, take a look around and sign up for some of our projects.

    art house: a biography

    Art House is run by two guys who love bringing a community of artists together.

    We started because we came across a lot of really awesome artists and people around the world and we wanted a way to tie everyone together.

    Art House has projects. No, we are not your typical gallery. We create, plan, and run giant nationwide shows. We love what we do and love hearing everyone's thoughts.

    Run by...

    steven peterman

    Steven is a Printmaking major at Savannah College of Art and Design. He likes all sorts of things. Especially dogs and cats. He grew up in Hillsborough, NJ, then Moved to Atlanta to go to the Atlanta College of Art.

    shane zucker

    Shane is a Graphic Design major at Savannah College of Art and Design. When he was younger, he played on a home school basketball team. He is originally from West Palm Beach, Florida. His favorite food is mint flavored pasta.

    art house gallery

    Art House has had many homes. We're just trying to find the perfect one, I suppose. However, we have all kinds of shows at Art House. We especially love to support local and student artists.

    Right now they have two opportunities open. A sketchbook project and a 10,000 people project. I plan on signing up for the 10,000 people project. How about you?