A video about dreaming of France and all of it's marvels.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Today our class had the special opportunity of seeing photographer Corinne Botz talk about her work. She graduated from MICA in 1999 and got her MFA at Bard later on. Very interesting presentation. She has explored the theme of women and domestic violence through her photographs of doll houses. These scenes of 50's housewife dolls are gorey and very startling. Lots of nice dramatic contrast in these shots. Botz also did a series of photos about agoraphobia. She was actually allowed into the homes of agoraphobics and took pictures of their living spaces. She explained that her current focus is on the home and its relationship to the individual. An inspiring concept and fascinating work. I enjoyed this presentation a lot.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Today, we got to see a really cool presentation. I might even go as far to say that this was the best presentation I've seen. Ben Volta, an Academy of the Arts grad and mixed media artist, came and spoke about his work. His studio is different than a lot of artists. He takes it out into the community. Volta collaborates with middle school students at a local Philly school. Together, he and the students produce beautiful pieces that decorate the school and other parts of the neighborhood. These pieces include murals, sculptures, and other kinds of projects. He usually tries to relate these projects to what kids are learning in school, which is pretty neat. It is so nice to see art helping kids stay out of trouble and learn something in a new way. Very cool concept. Collaborative aspect is great.
Friday, October 22, 2010
This week we had H. John Thompson talk. Wasn't really that impressed, however this guy did just graduate from UArts last year. He talked about his work in painting and sculpture (particularly wood sculpture). Some interesting pieces, but not my taste really. One piece I did like was inspired by the Flying Dutchman, it was a night light made to look like a strip of wooden shingles with different colored windows. The big discrepancy I had with the way he works, is his studio space. He works in the basement of the bakery where his grandfather works. No windows=no natural light! I feel like that would get so depressing, but to each his own I suppose.