Friday, May 24, 2013

Weaving for Ari's Installation in Japan












Invited some wonderful friends over to my house to make 12x12" weavings. I'll ship them to NYC where they will be woven further into human-size cocoons by artist Aricoco Tabei. I met Ari when I was a student in NY through my friend, artist Natalia Zubko. Ari's installation will be performed this summer in Japan at Kawasaki City Museum. Read more about here, https://runningawayfuroshiki.wordpress.com/news/


The catalog from the performance. Our names were listed. Excellent. What a beautiful piece. Ari's sensibilities are unmatched. Can't wait to see what is next from this important artist!






Friday, May 17, 2013

ArtWorkers: Creativity and America


It's here; it opened last night! This massive team effort I've been intimately involved in for the past several months is up and running. My hope is that it is as well-received as well as it came together. For the next month, I'll be blogging about the art work and events through Spiva's blog here: http://www.spivaarts.wordpress.com/
Music, poetry, theatre and dance events are posted on the blog and here: http://www.spivaarts.org/exhibits/artworkers.aspx
Did I mention we got a National Endowment for the Arts grant? Huge validation that we are doing something visionary and worth federal funding. Go team!

Monday, May 13, 2013

SAIC MFA Show 2013


For a second time, I was in Chicago during the exhibition of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's MFA program. Show is up until May 17th at the Sullivan Galleries.

The following pieces were the most beautiful and intriguing to me, out of hundreds of them. Mostly installation or large abstract sculpture. A few videos. Hardly any painting. This made me sad. It is always fascinating to see what comparable MFA programs to mine produce in their moment.

 Milad Mozari
The Iron Rod
short film
"...takes its structure from an altered Mormon hymn and the Persian classical music system, the Radif."


 Emre Kocagil
bandits, 2013

 detail

 Celeste Rapone
Animal
oil on canvas


Yunkyoung Kay Lee
HurtOrdealWoundAgonyScarTrauma
Mixed Media

"This is my childhood story of memories. Please view from outside to inside, following the triangle."

accompanying legend