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Monday, January 31, 2011

OMGosh Cardboard Spheres

I haven't even stepped through the WASH door and BAM I see ambition in scale! Nic has thrown down the bigger than life gauntlet of going for it. Come throw down your own in your own way unique to you! Come and play!

Well and then Alexandra hands me her no glue sphere and BAM OMGosh WOW! Yes sire, come and play!


Katy's functional cardboard umbrella (so long as it doesn't rain!)

"the walls between art and engineering exists only in our minds." -- Theo Jansen

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Don't know what to blog about for WASH

here are some of your fellow WASHers' samples
  1. inside a WASHer's head as creating work (Sarah)
  2. raw honest narrative (Nic)
  3. experience with materials (Katy)
  4. analytical response to lecture and readings (Brian)
  5. great image sampling of process (Zack)
  6. critical analysis narrative (Emily T)
check out other WASHer's blogs to see what is happening

Krystal's proximity, continuance, similarity

scroll down and look in left column to find all class links
Here is a rough of what should be on your blog to date:
  1. first day write up
  2. P1.1a thumbnails, 15, final three
  3. P1.1a habit critique and meaning critique (plus images)
  4. P1.1b Square 8 final plus description of your process and learning
  5. Photos – 5 dots photos and process
  6. Post including understanding of repetition/rhythm
  7. Interest area between collage/assemblage/pop up and artist samples
  8. Interest area between Lance Letscher, Kurt Schwitters (collage), or Robert Rauschenberg (assemblages) and why. Plus art images
  9. Dot SQUARED Photo Crit write up; be thorough.
  1. Spheres and write up of building process should be posted to blog
  2. Image of object set of Q&A from handout
  3. Three proposals should be posted to blog 
  4. Process pictures and write up of adaptions, things that worked, things that didn't, eeeek moments, awwwwe moments, etc.

    1. Lecture/Reading Response #1
      (please post images of sketches to your blog)
    2. Lecture/Reading/Assignment Response #2
      (please post sketches to your blog)
    Kevin's topographic study of negative space

    Katy's dots

    Zack's thumbnails to minis to tada!

     Katy's squares
    rough/smooth, playful/orderly, light/heavy, anxious/relaxed

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    the potential of cardboard

    found this vid online.

    Emily found the following work worth
    looking at closely, cardboard sculptures by Chris Gilmour, to see if how he worked the cardboard applies to you. Thanks Emily for finding him.

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    so many spherical solutions
    (the good, the bad, and the ugly piled high and deep)

    Katy puts here office clips (on your supply list and OH so useful) to work for the sake of art.

     two image from emily t's blog

    Sunday, January 23, 2011

    Cardboard spheres starting to post up!

    Sarah has a good sampling of how to post images of your work and write about your experience.

    January 19th 2011 - January 22nd 2011
    Contrary to my initial thought before working with it, cardboard in its essence is a very proud and noble material with quite the ego and found out it must be treated as such. As a matter of fact I should probably capitalize it. Used to when I thought of Cardboard I for some reason always just saw a box, a dirty, dented and ripped up just not at all pristine. Now though I respect it a lot more. Trying to make my first sphere was an experience. The best part was letting the cardboard be a box as it wanted but persuading it to become a sphere. However, once it realized you were tricking it into becoming round, something by nature it is not, it seemed as if it got highly offended and insulted. The work got harder; it’d bend where it was crucial it didn’t and so on. Luckily Cardboard doesn’t hold grudges and it simmered down to work properly again.

    Brian has a good write up sample of his process.

    3D Project #1 Process: 3D Project #1 interests me quite a bit, and so I invested a good amount of time in exploring the various ways in which one can create a sphere out of cardboard. Eventually I came across an object called the Geodesic Dome, a sphere created by connecting a large combination of triangles which are slightly curved. I eventually ended up using a design for a paper half-dome created out of hexagons, however I did not fully understand the complications of taking that design from the flexible medium of paper to the rigid material of cardboard. Eventually i finished the first sphere with the Geodesic design, however it is not a perfect sphere due to imperfections in my cuts, and it took almost double the time I had intended for it to take. Still, it was an interesting look into how complicated things can become. For the second "inner" sphere, I created a small square to serve as the core of the sphere, and then glued long strands of cardboard onto the square in an attempt to create a sphere of cardboard strands; this design actually ended up working fairly well. For the third "no glue" sphere, I created various planes out of cardboard and then used a slot system in order to create a simple sphere; simplicity seemed to be a good attribute to try and reach with this particular sphere, and I think it was achieved. However, even slight errors made when cutting the slots turned assembly into quite a task, but eventually it came together.

    Friday, January 21, 2011

    Cardboard spheres

    WASHer Katy found this great sample of cardboard sphere (no glue?) by Kirsten Bradley

    I await links to the rest of your blogs. email the web address (that is your www.____) for your WASH blog.

    Thursday, January 20, 2011

    First weekend studio to do list -- prior to Monday, January 24

    first day performances--nightmare or daydream!

    2D (am)
    1. acquire textbook and supplies
    2. make 30 thumbnail sketches in visual journal
    3. read download from blog Theory of Human Perception
    4. respond to first day activities, talk/discussions (tension, composition, elements, perception) and reading in visual online journal (your blog)
    5. setup your visual online journal (blog) and email kathy your blog address (kas045 at
    6. Monday must have materials—tracing paper, white paper, lots of sharpies, pencils, black construction paper, ream of white paper, ream of what cardstock, compass and/or circle template, morgue-sketchbook, laptop.
    7. review (google) and look at images of topographic contour map and magnetic field maps.

    performing visual elements (point) auditorily first day of class
    (nightmare or daydream)

    3D (pm)
    1. download to your computer and read
      3D project 1 — Larger than Life handout 
    2. make three basketball-sized spheres out of cardboard. For two, you may use hot glue—one focused on surface, the other on internal structure. The third must be built with cardboard alone—NO glue or fixative of any kind.
    3. write up a response to activities and discussions from today and post to blog…images as well if possible. A response includes things you learned, the big idea, things you had a reaction to positively or negatively, things you agree with disagree with. It is kind of like if someone asked what happened in WASH today…
    4. Monday must have materials—cardboard, box cutter, extra blades, exacto, extra blades, ruler, clips, hot glue gun, glue sticks, wood glue, morgue-sketchbook, pencils, laptop.
    5. Read all handouts/downloads—syllabus, visual journal, supplies, reading schedule, 2D Project 1.1a DOT, 3D Project 1-Larger than Life,
    6. Review Google imaes of work by Claes Oldenburg, Ron Mueck, Katharina Fritsch, Osker Schemmler (youtube)
    performing visual elements (texture) auditorily (nightmare or daydream)

    Finish up listening to Janine Antoni and questions. For each work Antoni discusses, listen for what materials she is using, what she did to or with them, and all the whys? Make a list of her whats and whys. Identify the sources of her ideas. How does she speak about her audience? What of their response? What does she want from them? Why does she love being an artist?

    Bring lists/answers with you to class Monday, we will be discussing her work in terms of its sources of inspiration, materiality, process, interaction with viewer and why she loves being an artist.

    performing visual elements (an unexpected translation of value) auditorily (nightmare or daydream). i was listening so hard to hear it in the manipulation of sound that i missed the symbolic sound execution of value.

    Lecture #1 with Bill
    1. Lecture 1 (1/21) assignment and reading. Due Friday, January 28 beginning of class.
    2.  TBA in class 1/21.
    And we finished with the little moody element of color in the auditory range

    Hey! Wait a minute that last one wasn't sound! Now that was music! We've mixed in a vocal artist with our visuals! YES! MIXing it up is good.

    Well and then their was our first day of class
    student nightmare or fantasy!
    images from Keenen
    Danielle and Carlos
     Emily (pic by Lee Ann)

    Sunday, January 2, 2011

    Collect lots of cardboard NOW

    Bring to class Monday, January 24
    (used is fine--pottery barn and similar stores' dumpsters are heaven
    for free pristine cardboard but don't climb in--safety first!)

    we will being doing something else with our cardboard,
    but i thought an image or two will stir your imaginations of just a few things you can do with cardboard. these works are larger than life

    artist, James Grashow
    or artist, Terry Summers


    2D :: This studio course introduces the studio arts, contemporary art history, theory and technology to the incoming student. It is designed to immerse students in an intense program of researching, interpreting and creating art in the twenty-first century. ART 130 emphasizes the 2-Dimensional Arts but pushes into the 3rd and 4th as well. Its companion courses, ART 131 and ART 132W, support this studio course with lectures, readings, visiting artists and demonstrations.

    3D :: This studio course introduces the studio arts, contemporary art history, theory and technology to the incoming student. It is designed to immerse students in an intense program of researching, interpreting and creating art in the twenty-first century. ART 131 emphasizes the 3-Dimensional Arts as well as pushing into the 4th Dimension.

    Lecture :: This course introduces the concepts, theories and information for development in ART 130 and ART131, the studio components linked with this visual arts foundation course. It is an arena for students to experience lectures, demonstrations, seminar activities and visiting speakers, as well as the more traditional aspects of the discipline. It is geared towards contemporary visual concerns and uses experimental techniques to expose students to an array of styles and methodologies.

    Think bootcamp for artists!