Freelance Isn’t Free

When asked their professions, painters and sculptors generally describe themselves as artists, omitting the fact that most of them do something else that actually pays the bills. It makes perfect sense. Using the shorthand of “artist” projects a sense of seriousness and dedication that otherwise might be lacking if they went into detail about chasing sheetrocking jobs and adjunct teaching here and there or whatever keeps a roof over their heads and clothes on their backs. Still, hunting up paying jobs or shorter-term “gigs” is a well-understood facet of their lives and careers as is, sometimes, the pursuit of payment after the work is done. Payment can be the larger challenge. Continue reading

Public Space & Old Tires

Photo credit: City of Chicago

Few cities do public art as well as Chicago.  Place the point of a giant compass at the intersection of State and Madison, and a circle with a radius of about 1,000 yards will encompass works by Calder, Picasso, Dubuffet, Chagall, Miro, Richard Hunt, Jaume Plensa and Anish Kapoor. Through April 2018, a public installation of sculptures by artist Chakaia Booker fills the Boeing Gallery, a comfortably shaded outdoor promenade that runs the length of Chicago’s Millennium Park.  These seven steel and rubber sculptures manage to remain lighthearted and invitingly interactive, though much of Chakaia Booker’s oeuvre is freighted with poignant allusions to race, class, and social mobility.     Continue reading

John Yeon’s Quest for Beauty

John Yeon State Natural Area, photo courtesy Portland Art Museum

I’ve always been fascinated by architecture, as it is both a large scale form of sculpture, and a form of three-dimensional art that is mostly inaccessible to artists that can easily work in other mediums. But even among architects, there are those that take their work to a scale even larger, and begin to shape the landscape, as well as the interior spaces that humans like to inhabit. Continue reading

Early History of the International Sculpture Center

International Sculpture Center

First office of the i.s.c. on the KU campus

The Second National Sculpture Casting Conference was held in Lawrence, Ks.  April 12, 13, 14 1962.  Note the name change, the first conference was called the National Sculpture Bronze Casting Conference.  This second one ditched the word “bronze” but was still all about casting.

The titles of the presentations are once again a how to for foundry work, Wax Patterns, Sprue Systems, Investments, Investment Burnout, Metallurgy of Cast Bronze, Joining and   Chasing, Pagination and on and on. Continue reading

Tanabe Chikuunsai IV at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Heaven, Wind (title) Boat-shaped flower basket (description), 2014. 66 x 17.5 x 34.5 cm.

The Gate, a floor-to-ceiling curviling tiger bamboo structure by Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, rises up at The Met, its woven, brown-flecked flaxen limbs both hugging the floor and flying into the heavens.  It’s unlike any of the other ninety works on view at The Met. The flowing entrance spires signal a new era for bamboo design, craft, and sculpture. For one, this bamboo has been recycled ten times and was, for example, in a different configuration of rising braided arms at the Museé Guimet in Paris.   Continue reading

Alexandra Kehayoglou – Paisajes Artificiales

Detalle de obra

La artista visual Alexandra Kehayoglou, formada en el IUNA y en la Escuela Argentina de Fotografía realiza esculturas y utiliza el textil como medio para llevar adelante su obra, siendo la fotografía muchas veces, el punto de partida. Desde sus primeras experiencias se cuestiona la relación entre la materialidad, las emociones y sensibilidad humana. Cada proceso creativo es pensado como una totalidad, una unidad donde técnica, materiales, concepto y espectador forman un todo inseparable para la funcionalidad de la obra. Recientemente convocada para representar a la Argentina en la Trienal que se desarrollará en el Museo Victoria de Melbourne en 2017, su obra recibió tres menciones especiales otorgadas por el jurado de la Bienal Internacional de Diseño (BID), Madrid; cuenta con  exposiciones en espacios internacionales prestigiosos como la Fundación PROA y la Quinta Trabucco de Buenos Aires, el Victoria and Albert Museum de Londres y el Paris Fashion Week (2014) donde realiza una instalación textil junto al diseñador Dries Van Notem, la cual catapulta su carrera a nivel global al ser exhibida posteriormente en Hong Kong y Berlín. Continue reading