Tek-Tone

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4/17/14

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.

4-17-14

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.


Statement

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

4/5/2014

Photos from San Francisco + SGCI 2014

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Beautiful West Coast

Red Wood Forest 

Sea Lions hanging out at the edge of the New World


The lighthouse at Point Reyes 

Ester Hernandez prints at Mission Cultural Center 

 Pint and print night at Sweeties Bar

A little collaborative printing at a printing demo at SFSU 

The moment of truth...

Artist Miniature Books with Heather Bryant




Multi-media display of a litho printing session SFSU

 Diego Rivera Mural at City College of San Francisco

Paul Mullowney pasting prints on a wall with natural starch paste (I'm assuming)

XXL Relief Steam Roller Printing at Mullowney Printing

We got to meet with our friend Favianna Rodriguez making a steam roller print at Paul Mullowney's

Adobe Books Backroom Gallery: Queer Communities in Print 

Corinne Teed 

This article was devastating to read as we dined on Mission Street

Where do we go from here?

Open Portfolio at SGCI 2014

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It's that time of the year again where printmaker's line up in a hotel ballroom to showcase their prints. This year it was a bit different than the last one I participated in; The open portfolio session was the last event of a very busy day. Although I think this interaction is better suited for a morning-of-the-last-day-of-the-conference timetable, it was very enjoyable nonetheless. The basic principles are there no matter what time of day: the creator, the work, and an audience is present. You can't go wrong with a climate controlled room full of print enthusiasts getting to meet each other and see each other's work.

Suzy's thoroughly written zines

Suzy tabling zines and prints at the conference

At one point I managed to scavenge a crowd


We're here in San Francisco!

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