RISD Printmaking Grad Biennial 2015 Opening

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April 17 to May 7 2015

Sol Koffler Gallery
169 Weybosset Street Providence, RI


Studio Update

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Thesis Midterm
I am in my MFA thesis semester at RISD. My studio time is devoted to writing, editing, composing animations, and overindulging on social media. This past week was my midterm. I set up a prototype for my thesis exhibition, here, you'll find images taken by Brian Shure of the thesis installation in progress. In attendance, are critics Faye Hirsch and Jonathan Weinberg along with RISD alumn Amber Heaton, Elizabeth Farrell, and the RISD graduate printmaking class.

Digital animations from the installation.


RISD Printmaking Class of 2014

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In the studio: Letterpress Printing

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Film & Video Installation work

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In the studio: Letterpress Printing

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Video stuff

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Skowhegan Awards Dinner 2014

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Micro class of 2011 reunion 
Lucy Lippard receiving her award
Janine Antoni suspended from the ceiling underneath casted body parts 

Janine and her performer take a bow

Oculus Ceremonia II

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I had the chance to try a different concoction of the Oculus Ceremonia project in another site. This one was more intimate, and the temperature was baking hot in the 1st floor of College Building. It was interesting to see people's inclination to kneel. Some photos:

photos by Patrick Han


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Janie Geiser Residency

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I spent last week helping out Janie Geiser, a film/multi-media performance artist, during her residency at Brown University.

A blurb via her website:
"Janie Geiser is an internationally recognized visual/theater artist and experimental filmmaker, whose work is known for its investigation of the emotional power of inanimate objects, its sense of mystery, and its strength of design."
(Holly Willis, Res, 2004)

Truly a rewarding experience.


Oculus Ceremonia

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I've recently been exploring the possibilities of virtual reality as an art medium. Using the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display, the viewer experiences a 360-degree digital animation. Here are some photos of recent experimentation.

view from inside the oculus rift

Reading Room Opening at Gelman Gallery, RISD

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Curated by Wangui Maina & Seojung Min, The Reading Room is an exhibition of student work at RISD with an extensive focus on interpretation.


"1) Reading Room approaches artwork as “books” where each piece is meant to be read to communicate its contents. In this exhibition, reading should be regarded as a creation that requires readers to lend their imagination and interpretation as much as the author does. The two subjects, artist(author) and viewer(reader), are therefore able to come together and initiate a dialogue. Reading Room attempts to create a space where the artist and viewer find mutual understanding through an exchange of creative ideas.

The work in this exhibition covers broad range of what is interpreted as a book. In the collaborative project, The Art of the Book, artist Nava Atlas describes artist books as “a work of art that takes the form of a book, even if in that case the definition of ‘book’ is somewhat nebulous”. Work such as Cecile Chekovsky’s Milk incorporates a traditional reading experience but is altered by using the posture required to hold a baby while reading the work. This emphasizes the intimate experience delivered by the traditional artist book. On the other hand, Matthew Mahoney's ink drawing series becomes a means for him to engage the storyline of a specific text as he continuously sketches his interpretation of it. Ian Faria’s A discussion with Gareth Jones incorporates the literal act of reading while also showing the process of interpretation through found footage. The wide range of media in this exhibition emphasizes the many ways reading functions.

The line between artist and author becomes easily blurred when considering reading as a form of exchange. The artist uses their own knowledge gained from different texts, then condenses it into artwork that communicates themes to the viewer. This forms an intimate interaction that can best be described as reading. We hope this exhibition can inspire new dialogues and interactions between people who encounter this space. A library of books provided by the artists is also available for museum visitors to reference and form their own associations between the artwork and texts. "

With Wangui
The show includes books that influence the work of the artists in the show

With Seojung

My prints titled Index of figural archetypes and recurring pattern ornamentation.
Tia Blassingame
Roque Montez*

More pictures of the exhibition here.
* images via risd.edu



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This project began as an attempt to live up the the brand name MCMVectors. MCM, translating to 1900 in Roman numerals, incited an inherent devotion to the literal translation of the brand "1900Vectors". The project was initiated on March 16, 2009 and continued through Dec. 26, 2010, when it was placed on hold for academic finalization.

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