Archive for February, 2012
Local art hero Keith Mayerson brings it all out with Dana Schutz, Ann Craven, Joe Bradley, and several other artists in this series of interviews. Each is recorded by Tom Powell, on the occasion of the 8 Americans exhibition Keith curated at Maruani & Noirhomme Gallery in Brussels. Three are embedded below; you can find the rest at Keith’s excellent website.
For The Bronze Project at SVA, select students received a grant to study closely with Ben Keating of Keating Studio. In less than one semester, undergraduate students created a digital CAD file, an ABS plastic prototype, and a bronze cast sculpture, all under the guidance of Keating, an artist whose Trenton-based foundry has produced large-scale, material-intensive sculptures for some of New York’s biggest galleries, artists, and estates. (I’m happy to know Ben personally.) Students even visited the foundry to watch the bronze-pouring process.
3D rapid prototyping technology is accelerating so quickly that consumer systems are increasingly approaching affordability. Art students will have to contend with this technology. Best is to immerse themselves in it and learn how to “scale up,” both in physical dimensions and materials, while learning what’s required to deliver a bronze sculpture in time for a show. And anyway, it usually takes a patron with deep pockets to cover the production of bronze projects. That means it could be years or longer before art students get hands-on access to bronze.
The Bronze Project sculptures are now exhibited at SVA’s Visual Arts Gallery in Material Magic, curated by BFA Fine Arts Dept. Chair Suzanne Anker. Photos here are from last week’s packed opening. Watch for predators!
Rachel Mason performance at Queens Museum. Filmed by Michelle Leftheris and featuring choreography by Curtiss Wesley, Jesse Lawyer and Asanti I (dancers), Michael Durek (theramin), Hugh Ash (trumpet), Amadis Dunkel (trombone), Chris Barick drums and costumes by Heather Quesada. “With A Song in My Heart” by Rogers and Heart