Politics of the Secondhand: Natani Notah

Over the past week I have continued to work on a series of sculptures that transform used metal mixing bowls into faux pottery. So far the process has consisted of first layering gesso onto the surface and lifting, carving, and peeling away certain parts to expose the stainless steel underneath. The next steps have been to sand down the edges where the the gesso ends and the metal begins. Conceptually I am interested in this line serving as a metaphor for the moment where two distinctly different things can come together and coexist, thus resulting in a more beautiful whole. Continue reading

Final Update: Cassidy Frye at Art-St-urban

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My favorite view of Basel and the Rhine

There is a satisfaction that comes along with finishing a residency. Art-St-urban is no different with a feeling of accomplishment but and excitement to leave, and return to everyday life after two months it all seems unfamiliar. In my last month at Art-ST-Urban we finally had the chance to work with Asphalt. Heinz Makes a mixture that is fine and can be molded or cast in many different ways. Continue reading

Talks, Tours, and Tech: Natani Notah

 

Today marks the end of my first week at the International Sculpture Center’s (ISC) residency at Grounds for Sculpture (GFS). Before my plane even landed I felt extremely welcomed by everyone involved. We officially started the week by giving artist talks to ISC and GFS staff, followed by tours of the grounds and studios. Then fellow artist in resident, Layo Bright and I set up our work stations in the MEB Tech Workshop, which will serve as our studio for the remainder of our time here. Continue reading

Resident Update: Cassidy Frye at Art-St. Urban

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Art-St-Urban Museum Pavilion

Art-St-Urban is settled in the beautiful rural Switzerland. Each day you hear the bells of the nearby abbey. Having never been to Switzerland, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I am surrounded by lush forests and fantastic architecture. The air smells like freshly cut grass and fertilizer. The landscape reminds me of East Tennessee with its mountains and rolling hills, until that one hour in the day when I can see a snow-capped mountain off in the distance and I am reminded of how hot it is back home. Continue reading

Resident Update: Dominic Sansone

My third and final month at Mana has seen my productivity wane as I prepared for a one week exhibition with another resident in the building and friend, Sam Pullin. I had to shift gears from churning out pieces to finishing some half-baked ideas for the work planned for the exhibition titled American Dark Age, curated by Allison Hall. Wanting to build on the things I did the last time exhibiting in Jersey City, I have opted for another participatory installation titled, Make America Grieve Again. I see this piece as a way to talk about violence in our world without it becoming confrontational or partisan, both of which seem nearly impossible in the current climate. Audience members are invited to use bullet shaped chalks to write on the walls of the gallery space. Some took it seriously and vented their frustrations after yet another school shooting. Others were more irreverent, drawing lewd cartoons or making silly jokes. Both are fine, it was their work, not mine, and I am not the arbiter of how my art is approached once it is out of the studio. Continue reading