Organizing Your Career in the Cloud

On any given day, Carrie Seid, a sculptor and mixed-media artist in Tucson, Arizona, has a couple dozen works that are “out,” meaning unsold but not in her studio. Some are consigned to commercial art galleries – there are five galleries in five different states – and others that are in the hands of art consultants (eight in five states). Then, of course, there are far more that are “in” her studio: completed, in progress or part of a public commission. At a manufacturing company, an inventory manager would be in charge of keeping track of where everything is but, in the sole proprietorship that is Carrie Seid Artist, she has to keep abreast of “where are my works, are they getting dusty, are any out on approval with collectors, has anything sold.” 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

Closing the Circle: Ernest Daetwyler

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Ernest Daetwyler, Ice Bubbles

You can blow soap bubbles in the wintertime, and do it outdoors; it’s not just a summertime, outdoors thing. If you do it carefully enough, you can watch the completed bubble begin to freeze. But there’s a catch: the bubbles, alas, don’t last very long. Freezing creates cracks, and cracks allow trapped air to escape, and, well, you can figure out the rest. Continue reading

Tepantitla at the Broad

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Field Station: Claudia Peña Salinas,installation view at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, 2018. Photo: Eat Pomegranate Photography

There’s a purposeful tension between past and present in Claudia Peňa Salinas’s work.  Her installations evoke ancient Mexican history, but through the sparse language of minimalist grid-like sculptures reminiscent of Sol Lewitt.  Her site-specific works respond to the architecture of the gallery space, and her exhibition at the emphatically modern Broad Art Museum offers a re-creation of Tepantitla, a compound in ancient Mesoamerican city Teotihuacan.  Yet while evoking the ancient past, Salinas’s work also manages to speak to contemporary social issues. Continue reading

Too Close for Comfort

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Memorial to a Marriage – Patricia Cronin and Deb Kass.
Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Portraits Gallery.

Sometimes you go to a museum to see one thing, and bump into another entirely unexpectedly.

A few months ago I went to see the recently unveiled Obama portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. It has become NPG’s practice that presidential portraits join their counterparts on the second floor, while the portrait of a first lady enters the hall of recent acquisitions. Just beyond the queue to see Amy Sherald’s painted portrait of Michelle Obama was another work of significance, lying in state: Memorial to a Marriage, by Patricia Cronin. The work depicts Cronin and her wife, artist Deborah Kass, nude on a bed, tastefully shrouded by a sheet. They rest in an embrace, Kass’s head nuzzled against Cronin’s neck, their toes touching. Continue reading