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Tutorial 1 w/ Kenny Hunter

In Uncategorized on 27 September, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Had my first tutorial today with Kenny Hunter. We talked about my new pursuits in what will eventually become the resemblance of art. A majorly preliminary tutorial, mostly introductions and discussing who I am. Was productive though.

Kenny brought up the religious connection with man’s control-complex with nature, quoting Genesis, acutally,

26Then God said,(A) “Let us make man[a] in our image,(B) after our likeness. And(C) let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28And God blessed them. And God said to them,(E) “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit.(F) You shall have them for food.

… which I thought was pretty interesting, that this concept of dominion is so inherent in religion. I hadn’t considered that before, though I’m sure that’s pretty obvious to some!

Kenny picked up on the museology themes from last term (no surprise) and was curious that I was moving in a more art-driven, as he said “pop” fashion with the 4-colour separations. I explained that I felt very constrained last term with the work I was producing, and that it didn’t feel like it matched my personality. I think that the work seemed a bit overly contemplated, less immediate, and fresh. After showing Kenny a photoshop image of one of the prints I’ve been working on he noticed the humour in it, which I appreciated. He suggested that I amp up the gross-factor even a bit more, and suggested that I go visit some garbage dumps or waste areas… that’s a great idea I think.

We also discussed artists I liked (which was a wee bit embarrassing because I have such a shit memory for names) and I emailed Kenny after with a list of artists I’ve been looking at and whom I like, or feel my work has a connection to. In the email I mentioned:

Olaf Breuning, Katharina Fritsch, Randy Bolton, Doug Aitken, Trenton Doyle Hancock, and a my hometown fav Aaron Stork.

Kenny suggested that I look at the paper sculptures of Tom Sachs, Tom Friedman, and Ricky Swallow. Kenny mentioned Alexis Rockman as well, whose works I have looked at before… I got a book out from the ECA library on his work anyway, and have enjoyed reading the introduction, as well as the detailed info on Rockman’s process in the book, Wonderful World: Alexis Rockman by Dan Cameron. I also checked out a book on Tom Sachs, but as it’s 300+ pages long, I’m not very far into it yet.

So after meeting and discussing I’m feeling anxious to start up with some work, tomorrow AM… I decided to do some life maintenance today – i.e. laundry, blog updating, etc. – as the day was half gone once tutorial and work at the ECA library was complete.


trash vortex

In Uncategorized on 2 September, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I’ve been doing some internet research on the Northern Gyre of the Pacific Ocean- loving nicknamed the Eastern Garbage Patch or Pacific Trash Vortex ( “a spot where currents spin and cycle, churning up tons of plastic into a giant pool of chemical soup, flecked with bits and whole chunks of refuse that cannot biodegrade” ). Watched an AMAZING documentary on this on vbs.tv – an independent news agency out of brooklyn, NY.

Watch here.

It’s not just that this plastic trash exists, it’s that there is just so much fucking plastic everywhere. Looking around our apartment, at all the plastic shit around, and how little of it actually needs to be plastic, and how little of it a person actually even needs to possess. Anyway, so there’s no point really in me repeating what’s in the documentary, so just watch it.

I’ve been thinking of doing some prints about the trash vortex, about the reproductive hazards that trash ingested to our ecosystem generates, about stuff like that. Have been collecting some images online to work with today.

Beach Crap and Mosquito

In Uncategorized on 1 September, 2010 at 10:36 pm

So I’ve been working on a new photoshop image for a while. I’m using appropriated photographs from the internet of varying image qualities. It is interesting to me layering crappy images over high resolution high integrity photographs. I think that layering these differing qualities of pictures speaks to the evolution of photography– the recent accessibility to the masses, the connection to an abstract idea of ‘truth’, the use of the photograph in the news media, portraiture, etc.

This image is built so it will cover three A0 sheets lengthwise, creating a wide panoramic. If you mentally divide this image into three you’ll get an idea of how the print will be composed. I envision the prints to be bleed prints mounted as a triptych.

I’ve also been working on a new sculptural item, a giant mosquito. I’ve been wanting to try out using chicken wire, plaster tape, and pure plaster to create new sculptures and this is my first attempt in progress. I plan to photograph the finished sculpture and use its image as part of the collages. I’d like to make 5 mosquitos of similar proportions for my upcoming solo show at Patriothall in Stockbridge next spring.

Thanks for visiting, should be updating more regularly as term starts Sept. 22!