Arts on Fire Festival in Scranton, PA

Spectators watching the Keystone Iron Works Iron pour with International Sculpture Center’s Jeannette Darr. Photo credit: Alex Seeley

On June 3rd, 2017, Keystone Iron Works participated in the Arts on Fire Festival along with Keystone College’s mobile glass studio, local artists, and the community. During the festival, Keystone Iron Works provided community members with the opportunity to create iron tile molds. These types of molds can be carved into and molten metal can be poured directly in. Several artists from the surrounding area also created larger molds to be cast in iron. As well as assisting with the iron pour. 275 iron tile molds were created along with 12 larger molds. Continue reading

John Bock: In the Moloch of the Presence of Being

John Bock Sculpture

Da-Dings-Da ist im Groß-Da da weil der Wurm im Moby Dick wohnt, 2014, Video, 25 Min.,
© John Bock, Courtesy Sprüth Magers

I first encountered the work of German artist John Bock in August 2010 at the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin. [1] As the name suggests, the gallery was a temporary initiative that ran for two years (September 2008 through August 2010), situated in the centre of the city next to Museum Island.   For their last show Bock had been commissioned to curate a mammoth exhibition featuring the work of 65 artists, all combined into an immersive installation across multiple levels. The promotional poster for the exhibition (which I still have a copy of safely rolled up in my closet) is probably a good indication of what the audience encountered when they set foot in the gallery – and to some extent, is perhaps indicative of the kind of imagery that Bock has become synonymous with. Continue reading

I’m Too Hot to Make Art!

How to Mix Koolaid and Alcohol (detail)

As temperatures rise above 95 degrees, I’m hot, bothered and bewildered by everything!  At Mana I wish I had a skateboard just so I can, at least, occasionally, feel the wind go through my hair as I glide down the endless hallway to the bathroom, to the sink or even, gasp, the elevator. In my studio there’s plenty to keep me occupied but with the heat I have lost the energy; besides every time I go to retrieve anything from the floor, my head feels as though it will explode, what to do, I distract myself; I snack on junk, drink and well, breathe deeply. Continue reading

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