Recently at Real Art Ways I was assigned to help a visiting artist install a sculpture for a exhibition. It was a lot of fun! The artist is Kylie Ford, a West Virginia based artist and professor, and it was loads of fun talking with her about her practice. The exhibit was centered around the intersection and forced combination of the accidents of Real Art Ways historic reclaimed Hartford warehouse space, and those of present day West Virginia. The show explored the way both areas, though very different, experience similar economic trends, which creates similar trends in the architecture. I learned a lot, and definitely did not hurt myself 😉
See below; Kylie and her fantastic installation, and us installing it!
This was my first piece of the summer. I finished it more than two months ago, but like I said i haven’t been online much this summer to blog about it. (for more timely updates, follow my insta @prestomagiccc). This piece was the second time it came to fisticuffs with myself and oil pastels. I’ve grappled with them once before and loved the results, so I took what I (thought) I learned and applied it here. I love the way this looks finished, but it was a bitch to work on.
Aside from technical stuff, the message here is straightforward but very important to me. The way I see it, we are really just camping here on this Earth unless we change our ways of living. I often struggle to find action in my art practice. I work on my art which says what I want it to say, but where are the ramifications? I don’t mean in terms of support, but in terms of change. Art is meant to inspire change, but what can I do for the environment besides “raise awareness” through my art? This summer, it meant ditching single use plastic, dairy, cutting back on meat, and reduse-reusue-recycling as much as I could. I’m only 19, so I’m not too worried, but I am actively looking for the cross section of art and activism. I’ll let you know when I find the sweet spot. Anyway, here’s Camping Trip
Hi!! I know I’ve been MIA all summer. I’ve been very busy casting spells, working three jobs, and getting very tan. However, art waits for no warlock so despite my absence online, I’ve still been working on lots of projects in the real world, which I will begin sharing right now!! I thought I’d start by putting up some pictures I took at Real Art Ways July Creative Cocktail Hour (so many proper nouns). I have been interning at Real Art Ways, a cinema/gallery/event space all summer, and part of my job is to take photos of all the goings on around the place. These are the gems I got this month. 🙂
I made “Do I Exist??” now I’ve made “Do I Exist?”. Totally different question. In this second installation, I removed the filters I used because I wanted to take away the separation between audience and viewer. I’m very pleased with how it came out. I still was unable to prove to myself that I exist, but I had a lot more fun trying with this attempt, which is why I’d say it was successful.
“The Runner Album” is the debut studio album by Magical Mysterious Dream Machine. It is 665 tracks long, a total of 45 minutes of listening. It was also my assignment for my 3D final. We had to make a sculpture and photograph it for an album cover. This assignment made it kinda hard for me to think of an idea, because since the work would be photographed, there were a lot of different restrictions and benefits versus seeing a piece 360 degrees. I needed an idea that really did took advantage of my advantages. I decided to create this cover because I wanted to do a forced perspective shot with see through elements, that appeared to contain stuff when in reality that stuff was just behind it. The TVs was perfect. The televisions themselves are made of foam, then sanded and painted. The milk carton is paper drawn on with markers, the remote and lil guy are ceramics painted with acrylic. The backdrop is painted and then I had a friend pose for me. The hand is my own. It was so difficult to get this perfectly aligned shot, but nonetheless my idea was finally brought to fruition. Magical Mysterious Dream Machine also plays baby showers and bat mitzvahs.
Do I Exist is my 4D Fundamentals final project Part One. Part Two is forthcoming. My goal was to create an audio-video scrapbook which provides a short essay response to the question, “Do I Exist??”. The goal was to convince myself of it, and I’m not sure I succeeded.