Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Disabled Deck

colored pencil and acrylic, about 72 in x 42 in

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Deck Carousel

About 16 inches x 34 inches, made from colored pencil, pen, and acrylic.

Title TBD

This drawing is about 24 inches x 40 inches, made using colored pencil and acrylic. I like to think that the lawn chair is pushing the purple wall towards the step stool but if it pushes it too hard it will fall off of the plank.

My piece

I had intended to put a different drawing in the show but was convinced otherwise during a group critique. I had already filled out the label paperwork so this piece got the other drawing's title (There is no way to escape and there is no way to return), which I think works just as well with this piece so I'll come up with something else for the other drawing.

Whitnie Biennial

Here are some pics of our Fall show. My mom really loved it and I enjoyed her commentary.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Uncommon Life of Common Objects

I checked this book out of the MICA library yesterday and have not been able to put it down! It's by Akiko Busch, here's what the description on Amazon.com says:

What makes us love our things? Why do we attach certain sentiments to certain items? How is it that sometimes objects can tell stories more eloquently than people? These are questions explored and answered in The Uncommon Life of Common Objects. Author Akiko Busch devotes a chapter to each of 12 common objects, and discusses her and others' experiences that give everyday things their significance. Through her examination of: a video camera, a cellular phone, a vegetable peeler, a snowboard, a baby carriage, a chair, a refrigerator, a mailbox, a medicine cabinet, a cereal box, a backpack, and a desk, Busch illuminates the social and personal issues that shape our lives and the ownership of our things. Lovingly illustrated, always touching, sometimes nostalgic, and often hilarious, The Uncommon Life of Common Objects, is a topical reader that is at once a personal manifesto, a look at how design influences and responds to our changing lives, and a study of society and its values and the infusion of meaning into inanimate objects. Each of the 12 chapters is accompanied by a four-color drawing. We generally assume our objects belong to us, and generally we are right. But there are times in life when we belong to our objects. --Akiko Busch By Akiko Busch.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Whitnie Biennial Opening

Mount Royal's Fall show, aptly titled the "Whitnie Biennial," opened on Friday 9/18. The show looks GREAT--it's in the Fox 3 gallery. For only being in school less than 3 weeks, we really put together a coherent show. The opening was crowded and we all got a lot of positive feedback.

tall platform drawing

This is the most recently finished drawing. The shadow is painted with acrylic, and the drawing is probably 30 in x 22 in? More to come...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Deck sliding off the edge

I just finished this drawing today--I'm not sure how I feel about the painted shape yet, but I'm happy with the way the deck turned out and I like how it also resembles a crib. I'm still trying to decide if I should add another object that would act as a "trigger" to tip the deck off the edge.
The drawing's about 42 in x 42 in, acrylic and colored pencil.

There is no way to escape and there is no way to return

This is the drawing that I'm going to put into our Fall show. I'll take better images of it when it's installed. It's 96 in x 42 in and colored pencil.

grave piece

This is one of the first pieces I've done since getting back into things in Mount Royal. The semester's going great so far--I'm TI-ing for a Painting I class with fellow Mount Royal alum Lillian Bayley Hoover. I'm really enjoying working with her and the students. Our Fall show goes up THIS FRIDAY! I'm glad I have work done--if it was this early last year I think I would have cried haha. Anyway, this piece is about 4 ft x 1 ft x 1 ft. I need to revise it somehow, i'm not as happy with it as i was when i did the sketch for the piece.