Robin Peck: The Heads of the Town Up to the Aether

Robin Peck Sculpture

Robin Peck, Crania installation view, 2015, CANADA, New York

In an earlier blog posting, I wrote about the “school” of 1:1 sculpture as it had manifested itself in the work of some faculty and students at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax. Amongst the names was one artist whose work I didn’t discuss at any great length because in some ways it stood apart, despite having been extremely influential in the goings-on at the aesthetic hothouse that was the sculpture department of the period: Robin Peck. Continue reading

Chicago Goes Pop

In 2015, Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson (husband and wife) donated over $400 million worth of art to the Art Institute of Chicago.  It would be the largest bequest in the institution’s history.  As of December, this massive addition to the permanent collection is now on permanent view in a suite of galleries in the museum’s contemporary wing, an airy, rectilinear space designed by Pritzker-winning Renzo Piano.  The 44-piece collection is a veritable who’s-who of postwar art, with a particular emphasis on all things Pop. Continue reading

Sophie Calle: Bury your Secrets at Green-Wood Cemetery!

Photo by Leandro Justen, Courtesy of Creative Time.

Today’s blog is about a personal secret and a super-cathartic art event that will continue for 25 years. Sophie Calle is a major writer, photographer, and performance artist; her stunning photographs and finely-printed books are currently at 192 Books, New York. Her book True Stories reveals all kinds of intimate encounters, including shipping her bed to a stranger recovering from heartbreak and her last week with a lover with whom she was breaking up. Continue reading

International Sculpture Day at Keystone College!

Left to Right: R.J. Pipeling, Camilo Herrera, Nick Nace

For International Sculpture Day we had multiple events at Keystone College. First, my 3D Design class presented their projects for critique. The assignment was to create a sculptural piece that was meant to fit on the body to create a specific focal point. The assignment is called The Body Extension. In order to prepare for this assignment my class studied artists like Rebecca Horn, Nick Cave, and Ann Hamilton. The class also studied the Manus X Machina: Fashion in the age of Technology exhibition that took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last summer.
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Cristian Mohaded – Diseñando obras de arte

Cristian Mohaded Sculpture

Diseño por Cristián Mohaded y Santiago Lena, 2016 _ 2017

Con apenas 36 años, Cristian Mohaded, oriundo de Catamarca, puede darse el lujo de decir que tiene una sólida y reconocida carrera internacional en el campo del diseño. Recibido como diseñador en la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Mohaded desarrolla productos mobiliarios y de iluminación para importantes empresas a nivel mundial tales como Roche Bobois, Gallery S. Bensimon, Habitat y La Redoute (Francia), Mercado Moderno (Brasil), Valerie Goodman Gallery (USA), el Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Durban, Vacavaliente, Masisa, El Espartano, Inconcrete, Imdi Iluminación, Mantara, Irsa, Solantu, Mínimo, trabajos que le otorgan un alto grado de legitimación dentro del mundo del diseño. Continue reading

Bruce Daniels’ New Orleans Road Trip: 24th International Sculpture Conference

3 Appalachian Trail – Virginia

Over the years I have been to a lot of ISC conferences, nineteen in total I think, starting with Philadelphia in 1992.   A number of these have involved road trips.  Sometimes round trips.  Sometimes one ways (fly and drive).  Sometimes fly and fly, with a road trip only in the vicinity of the conference.  This is the story of a relatively recent round trip: Continue reading

Declining number of art supply stores

A.I. Friedman, the Manhattan art materials store, never had a lot of products for sculptors – there were some small tools for carving, some Sculpey and a limited number of small bags of plaster – but its closing on April 30th after 80 years in business means that yet one more venerable brick-and-mortar supply company for artists to visit, shop and learn about new products is gone. New York City, where there are perhaps more visual artists per capita than anywhere else in the world, has seen a spate of these closings in recent years. In 2014, Pearl Paint closed its doors for good after 81 years, and both New York Central Art Supply (founded in 1905) and Lee’s Art Shop (founded in 1951) closed last year. In 2006, Peter Leggieri Sculpture Supply was shuttered after 17 years. Continue reading