Friday, February 27, 2009

"Artist are inventing new modernity; global from scratch."
—Nicolas Bourriaud

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


The following is the first paragraph of Vanessa Beecroft: Carnal Drawings, by Germano Cleant, found on the artist's website. Her work is inspiring for me both in image and in content.  Click her name above to explore her art.

The horizon where a human being's activity unfolds lies in the sum total of childhood and adolescent experiences.  And the topology of the imagination regulating one's path in life combines things normal and monstrous, internal and external, friendly and inimical, striking roots in the insignificance of alienating, unsure stratification that delimit and shape the territory of our first existential and conscious responses.  This period, which is fraught with interweavings of memories and desires, projections and nightmares, and network of allusions and dreams, spurs the mental activity that will point out the path towards achieving a goal and a space in the creation of one's own identity. [...] The creative experience of Vanessa Beecroft, would seem to be based on symbolic, fanciful material—never mind wether real or unreal—linked to her childhood, when she wove together a network of meanings ranging from self-denial to self-contemplation, in a family consisting of a solitary female figure, a house identifiable by a red room, and a social life made up of dialogues with blond little girls, whom she ordered according to a rule, to make drawings in albums that became collections of stories of freckled dolls with red braids, traced in colored pencils that could only be yellow, orange and red. It is the game of a girl who blends reality and fantasy . . ."

Monday, February 16, 2009

Excerpt from the Upcoming Lecture at SUNY New Paltz:

One of the unique qualities of the magazine is its design and beauty as an object, illustrated effectively by the current issue employing velum as the cover stock.  If there is a way to make Chris Gustin’s pots sexier, we’ve found it.   In an increasingly digital world, yet in a field where the handmade and well-designed preside, Studio Potter must continue to invent new ways to argue its presence and circulation as a tangible, physical entity. In a panel discussion on the future of ceramics during the recent symposium, All Fired Up, A Celebration of Clay in Westchester, Julia Galloway firmly stated that she has absolutely no fear of the extinction of pottery.  She sees a new generation facing new societal and economic challenges, but one that is energetic about the artistry of utilitarian clay.  I am a part of that new generation, and as long as we are making pots, The Studio Potter has a responsibility to endure.  I don’t fear for the loss of the printed journal altogether, but I do think its future will depend on the survival of the fittest.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Brooklyn Roof Sunset

New Paltz ceramics dept. students & faculty went to visit Greenwich House Pottery, and the Brooklyn studio's of Bobby Silverman, Arnie Zimmerman, and Steve Montgomery yesterday. When I get more photos (hint, hint, Nicole), I'll post a slideshow. The sunset view here from the roof in Brooklyn was beautiful!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009