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Monday, May 9, 2011

Art video of the month


This fascinates me! I would love to learn more about his process.

Look between the layers

Richard Wilson's 20:50

in the Saatchi gallery 
oil tank delusion. 

Before/during construction

once it is complete

the write up given by the Telegraph
What is the most important work of British art of recent decades? One contender is the stunning installation 20:50, created by the sculptor Richard Wilson in 1987, when Damien Hirst was still just a pugnaciously precocious student at art school, and now reprised in the Saatchi Gallery off the King's Road in London.
Over the years, 20:50 has become something of a legend in the art world. Now that I have finally encountered the piece at first hand (I was too young to remember it when it was initially shown), I understand why.
In the basement of the Saatchi Gallery, Wilson has fashioned a waist-high reservoir out of sheet metal that precisely follows the contours of the room. The tank is filled to the brim with thick sump oil (the title apparently refers to the viscosity grade of the recycled engine oil used by Wilson).
The liquid shimmers and glistens, gracefully reflecting the clean, white architecture of the room in which it rests, and subtly distorting our impressions of the space. At one point, a tapering walkway juts into the middle of the preternaturally still pool. The effect of wandering along it is not unlike finding yourself on the tip of a diving board above a menacing lake.
There is nothing more to the installation than that, and yet the effect is unbelievably assured. The work has aged well – and not simply because oil has especially charged connotations these days.
In 20:50, Wilson alludes to the grammar of Op Art, Minimalism and Land Art, but you don't have to be versed in the language of art history to understand the paradoxes that make the work so effective.
Wilson has transformed a liquid into something that feels surprisingly solid. There is also a discrepancy between the work's immaculate beauty and the hazardous nature of its material.
More than two decades after it was first created, 20:50 continues to confound our preconceptions, ensuring that it still feels fresh, relevant – and important – today.

Monday, May 2, 2011


A few weeks ago in my sculpture and installation class we had an opportunity to work with Porcelain clay slip and bring in fabrics and other natural materials to dip into the clay slip.
After it has been dipped in the slip you either hang it or create a stand for it to dry on. Once it is dry it is ready to be fired in the kiln. The natural materials used (fabric, card board, wood, etc.) will dissinigrate in the kiln because of the level of heat that is achieved.
Therefore, the end result is a fired, detailed version/copy for the original item.
The more porous the object the better.
These are the ones I was working on from different scarfs.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Inspired by water.

To me, water is...




a puzzle piece to the world above and around us

This is my Aesthetic Area

I am very interested in the photographic image and collaging layers. These are a few I've done digitally by leaving camera filter open longer as I scroll through photos on my laptop.