Sunday, September 23, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
So, I am home visiting friends and family and have been away from the studio and my art supplies for almost two weeks!!! But, lucky for me, I've got some crafty friends...
On Wednesday, we got together to make art! When I arrived, D, Lili and S were all busy painting on their various projects, and having no canvas of my own to start splashing paint on, I decided to start an exquisite corpse on some paper.
"What exactly is an exquisite corpse?" you may ask...
I, myself hadn't heard of an exquisite corpse until my mixed media teacher introduced it. In that class, we passed around several corpses and worked in collage out of magazines. To tell the truth, I didn't really enjoy it that much, because the selection of magazines was pitiful. However, it did introduce me to a very fun game to play with my artist friends!
Among Surrealist techniques exploiting the mystique of accident was a kind of collective collage of words or images called the cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse). Based on an old parlor game, it was played by several people, each of whom would write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold the paper to conceal part of it, and pass it on to the next player for his contribution.
The technique got its name from results obtained in initial playing, "Le cadavre / exquis / boira / le vin / nouveau" (The exquisite corpse will drink the young wine). Other examples are: "The dormitory of friable little girls puts the odious box right" and "The Senegal oyster will eat the tricolor bread." These poetic fragments were felt to reveal what Nicolas Calas characterized as the "unconscious reality in the personality of the group" resulting from a process of what Ernst called "mental contagion."At the same time, they represented the transposition of Lautréamont's classic verbal collage to a collective level, in effect fulfilling his injunction-- frequently cited in Surrealist texts--that "poetry must be made by all and not by one." It was natural that such oracular truths should be similarly sought through images, and the game was immediately adapted to drawing, producing a series of hybrids the first reproductions of which are to be found in No. 9-10 of La Révolution surrealiste (October, 1927) without identification of their creators. The game was adapted to the possibilities of drawing, and even collage, by assigning a section of a body to each player, though the Surrealist principle of metaphoric displacement led to images that only vaguely resembled the human form.
So, I folded a large piece of paper into thirds and began my "feet." While that was going on, Yola showed up, carting supplies from the farm for bubble wandmaking and bubble solution jars. We (but mostly Lili) were all helping her get some wands made for the South Street Marketplace event that took place Wednesday evening.
After painting for awhile and finally feeling finished, I folded my feet under and handed the page off to Danika, who began working on the torso. Then I hopped over to the kitchen floor to start embellishing bubble wands.
We had an extremely productive day. Yola had a full table at the marketplace, with lots of bubble solution, bubble wands, and dishes for holding the bubble solution. And I had loads of fun being the "Bubble Girl" and making lots of bubbles. I was especially popular with the kids:)
At this point, our exquisite corpse is still missing a head. But, as soon as I find another artist interested in finishing it off, I'll post pictures.
I'm back in Nebraska, visiting family and friends, before hopping in the big ol' RV with dad and Todd and heading back to Napa. And while this might be reason enough to blog about ArtLand USA, I was further inspired by another RV series called Road Trip Nation.
Dad, Uncle Jim, Todd and I were headed downtown to meet my brother and his wife for lunch at Yia-Yias pizza, when we passed a neon green RV with the roadtripnation.com address pasted all over it. They waved at me, I waved back, and was told to, "Check out the website!" So, I did. While it's definitely an interesting and exciting concept, I'm sure I'd be more interested if I were still in college (The age group of participants who can apply.)
Also, seeing as how I'm an artist and appreciate the arts, I find ArtLand USA more interesting. The second season is just getting ready to air on the GalleryHD channel, which is a Voom network channel. (I don't have TV at home, so coming to visit is a treat when I happen upon an interesting channel like this!) This season's trip begins in Key West, Florida and ends in Anchorage, Alaska. Along the way, the hosts explore art and American kitsch.
Last season's episodes provided us inspiration, as we were about to embark upon a road trip from Lincoln, Nebraska to Napa, California.
After our own tour of the Old West, seeing Dodge City, KS and Tombstone, AZ, we headed north through Arizona.
The ArtLand USA series had introduced us to Italian architect Paolo Soleri's Arcosanti, Arizona, as well as Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Cosanti in Paradise Valley, Arizona is where Soleri settled to begin his arcology (architecture + ecology) project as an alternative solution to urban sprawl.
"Arcology advocates cities designed to maximize the interaction and accessibility associated with an urban environment; minimize the use of energy, raw materials and land, reducing waste and environmental pollution; and allow interaction with the surrounding natural environment." (Full article here.)
While perusing the grounds of Cosanti, we browsed among the windbells, ringing our favorites in our quest to find the bell with the perfect sound. We ended up purchasing 6 or 7 bells, and so supporting the construction of Arcosanti.