As a service aesthetic project for my community, I set up a movie projector outside the laundry room in the basement of a fraternity house on campus. In doing so, waiting to move your clothes from the washer to the dryer (and eventually out of the dryer) has become a much more enjoyable experience.
*Prize to anyone who can guess the movie in this photograph
On October 17th, in the Athletic Complex at Wash U, I loaded up three vending machines with dollar bills, so that the next person that wants to buy a snack will go to the vending machines and find that it's already paid for.
For myyyy service aesthetics project I drew various figures/portraits from Francisco Goya's series of prints: Los Caprichos. I then made stickers out of them and paired them with silly phrases that are commonly used in pop culture. I put them up around campus/University City in hopes that they would make people smile and/or laugh upon seeing them. At the same time, I hope they might make people more aware of Goya's work.
Here are a few of my interventions, I hope you find and can enjoy the others for yourself :-)
I know you all have been wondering who Anya's awesome hairstylist is... Cutting Anya's hair is a service aesthetic I have to live with. Someone please persuade her to buy a razor thing, otherwise it looks all choppy in the back (see today).
For our service aesthetic project, we, Jessica and Carmi, teamed up to offer free henna tattoos to fellow students living at the Wash U Co Op. While a large group of people was sitting and watching a show together, we made our rounds creating original designs for whoever was interested. We found that many people were very excited by the prospect of receiving personalized body art, and even those who didn't want to partake at least loved watching it happen.
Service Aesthetics: At first I thought this assignment was hard to carry out-- after all, how can I, as a college student living in 2011, even attempt to mimic some of the seminal "service aesthetics" pieces of the 60's and 70's? I'm not Barbara Smith or Marina Abramovic!
Then I realized my job at the campus mail room could definitely be seen as service, or as a type of performance. Every day at work, I am the messenger, the go-between. I fetch all kinds of packages for people, from the very small (college rings) to the ginormous (couches, stereo systems) to the quirky (coconuts, packages that moo). I meet people I wouldn't normally meet, and we share a quick laugh. It's a small job, but I believe it's important, and besides, it gets me energized-- makes me feel like I'm doing something productive. Sometimes that's a nice change of pace from art school!
Thanks for being there, it really meant a lot to me:)
@The Art Institute of Chicago
enjoying a beautiful day
War print series at the Art Institute included: Goya, Beckman, Otto Dix, and Callot.
THE DISASTERS OF WAR
After The Art Institute we went to several Riverside North galleries including the Ann Nathan and the Zolla Lieberman, endured critique at Ed Debevic's, and had an awesome night downtown. This was a really amazing weekend- thank you to everyone who came up!