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Google Art Project | As an Artist

In Thesis Research, Wow on February 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I think this is brilliant, wonderful.

Who ever gets to see these works of art this up close?

Very few people are allowed to study these collections in this way. And rightly so. Too many visitors getting as close as Google Art Project does would destroy a work of art in no time. Yet it’s one of those many things I want to do in museums that’s not allowed; getting up close and studying the hand of the artist.

I learn a lot from being up close. I used to look at engraving stones and etching plates with a magnifying glass. But that was my own work. I love that I can now see these in this works of art way.

But I’m interested to hear what the museums and galleries have to say. There will never be a replacement for the original, but when the original isn’t avalible and certainly can’t be examined this closely by a million people all the time. [that would surely destroy it]   A certain distance is important for the life and health of the work and the viewer. In a way, the fragility of the piece, the unique nature of it being a one of a kind, gives it a life we must protect. There will never be another van Gogh’s The Bedroom and I may never be able to get it.

If museums get really desperate, they could sell personal viewings to a few people to help them pay the rent. But a few other people might get angry over that, maybe the people who couldn’t afford it.

Seems to me a double edged sword. A museum’s greatest competition can be the wealthy elite. They drive and sustain the price of art; they are who the museums bid against.  At the same time, they provide free labor, funding and donate entire collections to museums. Tricky, tricky. I understand that I’m oversimplifying a complex problem, but I think it has a simple relevance here. Who gets what kind of access?

And, what’s in the best interest of the work?  Should everyone, no one, only a few people a year, be allowed to get breath on Rembrandt’s Self Portrait. Whatever the right answer, Google says it’s everyone.

For now the following museums are included in the project:

  • Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC – USA
  • The Frick Collection, NYC – USA
  • Gemäldegalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC – USA
  • MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC – USA
  • Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid – Spain
  • Museo Thyssen – Bornemisza, Madrid – Spain
  • Museum Kampa, Prague – Czech Republic
  • National Gallery, London – UK
  • Palace of Versailles – France
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands
  • The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg – Russia
  • State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow – Russia
  • Tate Britain, London – UK
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence – Italy
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands
Here’s a little more about it in Google’s own words:
What is the ‘Art Project’?
A unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail.

  • Explore museums with Street View technology:virtually move around the museum’s galleries, selecting works of art that interest you, navigate though interactive floor plans and learn more about the museum and you explore.
  • Artwork View: discover featured artworks at high resolution and use the custom viewer to zoom into paintings. Expanding the info panel allows you to read more about an artwork, find more works by that artist and watch related YouTube videos.
  • Create your own collection: the ‘Create an Artwork Collection’ feature allows you to save specific views of any of the 1000+ artworks and build your own personalised collection. Comments can be added to each painting and the whole collection can then be shared with friends and family.
Are the images on the Art Project site copyright protected?
The high resolution imagery of artworks featured on the art project site are owned by the museums, and these images may be subject to copyright laws around the world. The Street View imagery is owned by Google. All of the imagery on this site is provided for the sole purpose of enabling you to use and enjoy the benefit of the art project site, in the manner permitted by Google’s Terms of Service.The normal Google Terms of Service apply to your use of the entire site.
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The Hyrtl Simulacrum on Kick It!

In Thesis Research, Wow on February 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm

A few days ago I started getting a few more hits and pledges on the Kickstarter page and was wondering what was going on.  Whatever was happening, I liked it and wanted to make sure it kept happening. So I did a little digging. I found out that a collaborative group had picked up my project and was helping to promote it on their website.  Alright. {!} The group is really a creative conference called Kick It! and is associated with Lab 24/7, an “underground space and incubator for creative projects and events” operating from the cellar of an old brownstone in BedStuy. They have the project prominently featured on their front page under “Projects We Like.”   Wow!   A very humble Thank You to you folks.

But let me let them tell you about the conference in their own words …

“KICK IT! is an afternoon of presentations, performances and exercises focused on getting projects off the ground. KICK IT! is about motivating and connecting people who want to get things done.  If that sounds like you, then keep reading… At the heart of KICK IT! is a series of demo’s by individuals and groups that are actively starting up a project, business or community effort.  The projects could be an album release, a cookbook, the invention of a new water gun, or a conference around a cause.  Based on the demo’s, the audience will vote for their favorite project, who’ll receive a cash prize. Getting things done requires learning from the mistakes, and successes, of others. So you’ll also hear advice from people who’ve hit the nail on the head, and others who miscalculated. And if you have an idea, we’ll give you an opportunity to pitch it, and match you up with other people who may want to help *you* KICK IT! That will take the form of concept lightening pitches, followed by team matchmaking. So if you have an idea that you want support on, bring your one minute schpiel. Get ready for a collaborative experience that will inspire you to cross that chasm between procrastination and action.  Because the time is now for entrepreneurs, artists, and creatives to take hold of the 21st century.  The time is now to Kick It!”

I’d received a comment/compliment from one of the folks from a group a few days ago but the link to the site wasn’t working at that time. I tried to fine it myself on the interwebs, but I had no luck and it kind of got placed on the back burner.  But not anymore!  I applied to present on March 19th, so we’ll see how it goes.  Until then: Thanks Jonathan Landau for the props. 🙂

A Recent Show I Entered

In Thesis Research on February 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm


Digital art defines the contemporary. The Los Angeles Center For Digital Art is dedicated to the propagation of all forms of digital art, new media, digital video art, net art, digital sculpture, interactive multimedia, and the vast panorama of hybrid forms of art and technology that constitute our moment in culture. We are committed to supporting local, international, emerging and established artists through exposure in our gallery.”

LACDA 2011 INTERNATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION

Jurors:
Edward Robinson, L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Rex Bruce,
L.A. Center for Digital Art

All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. The competition is international, open to all geographical locations.

The winner of this competition will be the inaugural exhibit for the new 4,000 square foot gallery at 102 West Fifth, directly across from our current location! The selected winner receives 10 prints up to 44×60 inches on canvas or museum quality paper (approximately a $2,500-$3,000 value) to be shown in a solo exhibition in the main gallery from March 10-April 2, 2011. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artist.

Second place prizes: Ten second place winners will receive one print of their work up to 24×36 inches ($150-$200 in value) to be included in upcoming group exhibits. Second place winners will be scheduled into a group shows within twelve months of announcement of winners. Consideration is given to placing these works in shows appropriate to their style, genre and/or content. These shows will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artists.

Artist’s Reception: March 10, 7-9pm. The artist’s reception will be the opening gala at our new expanded location in conjunction with the Downtown Art Walk which is attended by up to 20,000 gallery goers.

Deadline for entries: February 15, 2011
Winners Announced: February 21, 2011
Exhibit Dates: March 10-April 2, 2011

I entered The Rope Walker and Our Child Murderer:

In Spring 2010, Thesis Research on January 31, 2011 at 11:39 am

The symposium “Modern a/Contemporary Art and the Curiosity Cabinet” is being present in conjunction with  a new exhibition called “Working in Wonder” at the Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University. Here’s a bit of the press release:

“Working in Wonder,” a group exhibition, curated by Erin Gray, Danielle Schallom, and Edward Stapley-Brown, will be on view at The Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University from January 18 through February 11, 2011.

“Working in Wonder” includes artwork in various media by artists that have been inspired by the Curiosity Cabinet, a historical era of collecting occurring between 1500 and 1700. The exhibit explores the connection between man-made and natural objects or artificialia and naturalia.

A symposium, Modern/Contemporary Art and the Curiosity Cabinet, will take place in conjunction with the exhibition. Lawrence Weschler, author of Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder, will give a keynote speech on “ A Natural History of Wonder.” Other speakers will discuss topics such as Joseph Cornell, The Morbid Anatomy Library, and the work of Damien Hirst. The symposium will be held on the first floor of the Walsh Library in the Beck Room directly across from the Walsh Gallery.

The Walsh Gallery is located on the campus of Seton Hall University, 400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07079. For more information call 973-275-2033 or jeanne.brasile@shu.edu. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10:30am to 4:30pm.

Please RSVP for the symposium by calling 973-761-7966 or emailing museumgrad@shu.edu. All events are free and open to the public.

There was a bit of confusion  (on my part)  as to whether or not the gallery would be open  during the symposium. Their normal operating hours do not include Saturdays. I confirmed with the University today that the Walsh Gallery and the “Working in Wonder” exhibition will indeed be open to the public during the symposium.

I thought I should also mention, that although I’ll be attending the entire symposium, anyone who would like to sit in for only one or two of the lectures, or would simply like to go to the gallery show, please  feel free to join us join us.

Update on the Seton Hall Symposium

In Thesis Research on January 31, 2011 at 11:39 am

The symposium “Modern/Contemporary Art and the Curiosity Cabinet” is being present in conjunction with  a new exhibition called “Working in Wonder” at the Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University. Here’s a bit of the press release:

Paul Stout, The New American Landscape

“Working in Wonder” includes artwork in various media by artists that have been inspired by the Curiosity Cabinet, a historical era of collecting occurring between 1500 and 1700. The exhibit explores the connection between man-made and natural objects or artificialia and naturalia.

A symposium, Modern/Contemporary Art and the Curiosity Cabinet, will take place in conjunction with the exhibition. Lawrence Weschler, author of Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder, will give a keynote speech on “ A Natural History of Wonder.” Other speakers will discuss topics such as Joseph Cornell, The Morbid Anatomy Library, and the work of Damien Hirst. The symposium will be held on the first floor of the Walsh Library in the Beck Room directly across from the Walsh Gallery.

The Walsh Gallery is located on the campus of Seton Hall University, 400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07079. For more information call 973-275-2033 or jeanne.brasile@shu.edu. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10:30am to 4:30pm.

Please RSVP for the symposium by calling 973-761-7966 or emailing museumgrad@shu.edu. All events are free and open to the public.

There was a bit of confusion  (on my part)  as to whether or not the gallery would be open  during the symposium. Their normal operating hours do not include Saturdays. I confirmed with the University today that the Walsh Gallery and the “Working in Wonder” exhibition will indeed be open to the public during the symposium.

I thought I should also mention, that although I’ll be attending the entire symposium, anyone who would like to sit in for only one or two of the lectures, or would simply like to go to the gallery show, please  feel free to join us join us.

Modern | Contemporary Art

In Spring 2010, Thesis Research on January 29, 2011 at 8:43 pm

And the Curiosity Cabinet

It was mentioned in “On Display” that there would be extra credit given for attending  “Modern/Contemporary Art and the Curiosity Cabinet” at Seton Hall next Saturday, Febuary 5th.  Since I already had plans to go I thought I’d put a call out to anyone who’d like to go with me.

I’ll be taking 8:11 AM NJ Transit – Morris & Essex – Morristown Line Train from Penn Station to South Orange. For anyone who wants to go with, just message me. We can meet at Penn around 7:40 or so. It’s about a 2 hour trip I think.
You have to RSVP for the symposium by calling  (973) 761-7966 or email museumgrad@shu.edu.

I am not the best blogger in the sense that I am not a great original writer at times.  Sometimes I’m better at passing information on that someone else has done a better job at putting together.  That’s the case here.  And to give credit where credit is due, this conference breakdown originated with Joanna Ebenstein at Morbid Anatomy and Observatory in Brooklyn. She’ll be presenting at the conference as well.

Modern/Contemporary Art and the Curiosity Cabinet

10-10:30: Coffee

10:30: Welcome (Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, Seton Hall University)

10:45-11:45: Lawrence Weschler, Keynote address: “A Natural History of Wonder.”

11:45-12:15: Kirsten A. Hoving, Middlebury College, “Thinking Inside the Box: Joseph Cornell’s Cabinets of Cosmic Curiosity.”

12:15-1:15: Lunch

1:15-1:45: Melissa Ragain, University of Virginia, “Wonder as a Way of Seeing: Gyorgy Kepes and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies

1:45-2:15: Matthew Palczynski, Philadelphia Museum of Art, “Organizing the Curious Damien Hirst”

2:15-2:45: Patricia Allmer, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), and Jonathan Carson & Rosie Miller (artist collaborators), University of Salford (UK), “Playing in the Wunderkammer”

2:45-3: Break

3-3:30: Joanna Ebenstein, Morbid Anatomy Library, “To Every Man his Cabinet or The Morbid Anatomy Library and Cabinet and the Revival of Cabinets of Curiosity.”

3:30-4: Roundtable with artists, led by Jeanne Brasile, Seton Hall University

4-5:30: Reception

You can find out more here and get directions by clicking here. This symposium is being produced in conjunction with a new exhibition called Working in Wonder at the Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University; You can find out more about that by clicking here.

Photo from the collection of Tim Knox and Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Private Cabinets Series by Joanna Ebenstein.

Thanks again JE for the info.

Kickstarter Video

In Spring 2010, Thesis Research on January 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I wanted to make a video for the project home page on Kickstarter. There is so much to read on there already that it was suggested something a little more dynamic would be nice. And sometimes it’s just nice to be told a story while you look at pictures.  🙂 So I finally got it completed, up and running. click on the image below to watch the video.

 

Word of the Day

In Spring 2010, Thesis Research on January 23, 2011 at 11:41 am

Diorama

First came the panorama, a late 18th century word so successful that it spawned two others on its pattern: cyclorama, and today’s word, diorama.

The dio- part is from Greek dia, “through,” reflecting the fact that the earliest dioramas were viewed through a hole or opening. The common -orama part is from Greek, horama, “sight.” All three words denote paintings or displays of various kinds.

To look up the word of the day everyday visit the Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus.

Prototyping the Diorama | 3D

In Fall 2010, Thesis Research on January 17, 2011 at 11:10 pm

NOW IN COLOR!

I decided to keep test the 3d images, especially I can not get the stereolithography done for the final piece.  I’ve worked in Klean Klay before, it’s the primary  material used in 3d forensic facial reconstruction.  If I’m able to get one of the Hyrtl skulls printed I’ll used this to do a true reconstruction, but it’s no good for createing the tiny diorama pieces. Too soft and not permanent.  Instead I’m testing several different material that might be a substitute for print 3d.  Remember this guy?  If you’ve been checking out the Thesis Page (the tab at the top there ^, after Home and About) then you would have seen the post on this prototype.

This was my first attempt at sculpy. I’d never worked in the material before and found it difficult at beat to get any significant detail at the small scale I have to work in. You can see more photos of those below at 11/04.

I then attended a puppet show at HERE Art Center called “the Fortune Teller”

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=14192604&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=615b80&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&loop=0

I loved the look of the puppets and of course immediately wanted to make a puppet show.  That’ll  be next on the list. 🙂  I was able to go back stage after the show and see the construction close up.  I asked a lot of questions and decide to give “cell-u-clay” a try.  That was the material used to create the puppets. I felt the scale might still be a bit tight for the material, but I tried it anyway.

Sketching the Cabinet

In Fall 2010, Thesis Research on January 17, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I thought I post some of the sketches and ideas for the cabinet that will house the diorama, camera, lights, and all the guts of the simulacrum.

These are not complete, but just sketches.  I’m not a arcitect or draftsman, I’m not sure how to draw them as blueprints.  Luckily I know of a few folks who have been kind enough to help out in this department. I’ve also briefly discussed this with with Jim Rogers, the master cabinet maker (and my brother-in-law 😉 who’s going to be building this for me if I’m able to come up with the funding.  He’s not asking for much and in return I’m willing to give him some space to add his own creative touch.

I’ve played around with the idea of using a planetary gear on the bottom of the diorama table.  I think this is going to be the most stable.  And from the testing I can see right away that the sketches below don’t leave enough room between the camera and the closest focal point within the scenes. That has to be redesigned to accommodate about a foot of clearance. I’ll update when I have something substacial to post.  Until then, I’m sure you can get a good idea the direction I’m head from the previous posts, the Thesis page (^tab at the top) and these drawings.

Think steampunk, that should help.  😉