Monday, September 28, 2009

ISM Self Portraits in Art Theory

So one of my favorite assignments to give is a short powerpoint in Art Theory class covering one of the ISMs of art history, from Classicism through Cubism all the way to Performance and Installation. The last slide must be a self-portrait in the style of their ISM. These are a few of the more memorable ones:

Rebekah's self-portrait in pencil emulating Realism
Scott's self-portrait in gold bond powder (seriously) emulating Gothic art, tongue-in-cheek.
Chrystal's self-portrait photo-collage (that's really her body) emulating Feminist Art, and the Guerrilla Girls in particular.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Veggie Sculptures at the Farmers Market

Had a silly Saturday morning cutting up veggies and showing kids how to stick the pieces together with toothpicks. Parents got into it just as much as the kids; I told them to brush some olive oil on the sculptures and slap them on the grill. The event was Arts in the Park, coordinated superbly by Eileen at the Webb City Farmers Market. I was representing Spiva Center for the Arts. Okra is sticky. Bitter melon looks like a spiny cucumber. Little eggplants make great heads. Slice tiny radishes and you have eyeballs. Good, healthy fun.

Friday, September 18, 2009

New Work

Cloisters, 8"x8". Acrylic and collage on panel.
Feels good to do these tight small paintings. Started this series in grad school and keep going back to this process. As I start to do large, more physically demanding and colorful work, I sit down to the making of these. To me they are restful and meditative and puzzling and mysterious all at the same time.