In the Studio with Liz Rodda

Liz Rodda Sculpture

Just The Way You Are, Video Still. Courtesy the artist.

Liz Rodda is currently an Assistant Professor at the Texas State University School of Art & Design. She was born in Sacramento, California and received her MFA from MassArt in Boston. Working in a wide variety of genres, materials, and modes, Rodda’s work is simultaneously raw and polished, vulnerable and confident. Working with a synthesis of fantasy, anxiety, desire, and control, information is re-presented and molded so that we become wrapped up in its present-ness. I am thrilled to introduce you to the work of Austin-based Liz Rodda.  Continue reading

Sculpture and Production


In 1979, Rosalind Krauss wrote the essay “Sculpture in the Expanded Field,” that defined sculpture in terms of a structural diagram of differing fields. Outside of the dualities between landscape and architecture, not-landscape and not-architecture, and the differing combinations of these quadrants, there were zones of creation that defined what it was that human beings did when they went out across the earth to intentionally build a construction. Continue reading

1% for the Arts brings Robert Bruno Sculpture to Texas Tech University

Robert Bruno Sculpture

Robert Bruno’s Steel House. Photo by author.

Texas Tech University began its current Public Art Program in 1998 by setting aside one percent of the estimated total cost of each new major capital project on campus. To this point, the total investment has increased to over $9 million. Currently, the university has six projects that are pending which would increase that total amount to over $11 million. Projects include architectural enhancements such as murals or mosaics as well as purchased and site-specific sculpture. The collection of art includes many regional and nationally recognized artists including James Watkins, Steve Teeters, Terry Allen, Jesus Morales, Deborah Butterfield, Barbara Grygutis, Joe O’ Connell and Blessing Hancock. Continue reading

Interview with Kristine Alksne

"Assemblage (Re: arrangement of 6 musical pieces)" In collaboration with Emmanuel Pidré, Concrete, speakers. Variable dimensions, 2014. Sculpture pieces are based on sounds by: Kassem Mosse:   578. Peter Kruder:   Before Night Falls. STL:   Silent States, Sascha Funke:   Mango, Ron Trent:   Altered States. Sonofdistantearth:   Dogs / Straying. Exhibited: “Re:visited”, Latvian Contemporary Art Centre, European Capital of Culture.

“Assemblage (Re: arrangement of 6 musical pieces)” In collaboration with Emmanuel Pidré,

Kristine Alksne turns ephemeral urban grit into durable, emotionally evocative, sculptures. The Berlin-based Lativan artist and set-designer finds discarded books, carves into their overlooked pages, coats them in cement and presents the resulting topographical forms on stark metal and concrete plithes. “Displaced Fractures,” this series of redeemed but unread tomes, is a testiment to the myths, lived stories and opportunities for intellectual growth that create a city’s human substance. She uses concrete for an equally tender purpose with her  “Assemblage” series of abstract sculptures inspired by techno music. For “Window” she transforms the cityspace with a massive sensually curved outdoor wood sculpture. The form frames the view and draws attention to Berlin’s changing sky-line but unique and consistent urban essence. Continue reading

In the Shadows

Lea Bult  Sculpture

Lea Bult, Truck Stop Near La Presa, California – Detail. Photo courtesy of the artist.

In 2004, thirteen men in Nepal found prospective employment at American luxury hotels through a foreign staffing agency, but they never made it to America.  Flown to Iraq instead, their passports were confiscated and they were passed to insurgents; only one survived.  A cursory perusal through the case summaries of the University of Michigan School of Law’s online Human Trafficking Index quickly reveals how widespread the issue actually is, as readers confront this and an ever-growing list of similar cases.  Responding to the problem through her art, Michigan artist Lea Bult has created an extraordinary body of multimedia work, Out of Sight, which draws attention to modern slavery and human trafficking, reminding us that some of the most pressing social issues are invisible at first glance.    Continue reading

Temporary Actions

John Macormac Sculpture

Wall Piece Investigations, installation view, by John Macormac. image via

In August I wrote a blog post about the impending demolition of the Fine Art Department of Ulster University. With the mammoth rebuild due to take place in 2015, some MFA students have been making the most of the condemned Orpheus building by using its makeup for physical and ephemeral play.  Continue reading


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