ART BASH!

artbash_2015_lf.1200x0d0x0Friday, October 30, 2015 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The visual arts come to life at Art Bash 2015, an annual celebration featuring a wide array of projects by UF art and art history students. The University of Florida School of Art + Art History (SA+AH) opens its doors to members of the campus and surrounding communities for Art Bash on Friday, October 30, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the UF Fine Arts Complex.

Art Bash offers an inside look at the SA+AH and showcases the scope of disciplines it offers from intimate drawings to ceramic works of art, from vibrant graphic design to sculpture, experimental photographs, interactive Art + Technology projects, prints, paintings, art history and art education displays and more. This fun, free event encourages discussion between students and the community and introduces potential students to the school’s facilities and diverse programs. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the demonstrations, exhibitions and interactive projects from both our academic and studio areas.

This year’s Art Bash will feature inflatable artworks from the students of WARP (Workshop for Art Research and Practice), our nationally recognized foundations course, HOT Clay’s Raku Firing, printmaking demonstrations, offerings for sale and free take-aways from student associations, and music in the courtyard.

Art Activism: Wheatfields for New York

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Agnes Denes (b.1931, Budapest, Hungary) and her assistants have planted and harvested 1.5 acres of wheat at the Battery Park Landfill. The planting consisted of digging 285 furrows by hand, clearing off rocks and garbage, and then placing the seeds by hand and covering the furrows. Each furrow took two to three hours. Denes and her assistants maintained the field for four months, set up an irrigation system, weeded, put down fertilizers, cleared off rocks, boulders and wires by hand, and sprayed against mildew. On August 16th, Denes harvested the crop, yielding almost 1000 pounds of healthy, golden wheat. Denes describes the project as a “symbol, a universal concept. It represents food, energy, commerce, world trade, economics. It refers to mismanagement and world hunger. It is an intrusion into the Citadel, a confrontation of High Civilization. Then again, it is also Shangri-La, a small paradise, one’s childhood, a hot summer afternoon in the country, peace. Forgotten values, simple pleasures.”

Wheatfields for Manhattan is the second in a Public Art Fund-sponsored series called The Urban Environmental Site Program, whose aim is to bring interest to empty or abandoned areas along the city’s waterfront. The previous project, Alan Finkel’s View for the Catenary Curve, is a water tank viewing station that frames a section of the Brooklyn Bridge in relation to Manhattan’s skyline. It is located in Brooklyn’s Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park.

For the realization of Wheatfields the Public Art Fund is grateful for the support of the New York State Council for the Arts and the cooperation of the Urban Development Corporation.

– See more at: http://www.publicartfund.org/view/exhibitions/5706_wheatfields_for_manhattan#sthash.A3gPgARJ.dpuf

Exhibition: Edible Provisions

February 13 – February 24, 2014

Opening reception February 12 @ 530 – 7PM

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Bridget Fairbank is a Nova Scotian food activist concerned about food, aren’t you? Edible Provisions is a collection of cutting edge work from various Artists working in various mediums that address how and what we eat today. The works exemplify the complexities of our eating in an epoch where dinner is dubious.

Edible Provisions, Bridget Fairbank, Announcement, 2013

Please check out www.bpracticalpottery.com or https://www.facebook.com/BPracticalPottery on Facebook or see photos of the show on instagram @bpracticalpottery and see attached a zip file of photos for your own use.

Also, stand by for an essay about some of the works in three weeks time!

 

Opportunity: Edible Provisions

The deadline has been extended!

Edible Provisons, Call for Entry, Hamburger NEW DEADLINE

 

February 13 – February 24, 2014

Opening reception February 12 @ 530 – 7PM

NSCAD Port  Loggia

Bridget Fairbank is a Nova Scotian food activist concerned about food, aren’t you? Edible Provisions is a collection of cutting edge work from various Artists working in various mediums that address how and what we eat today. The works exemplify the complexities of our eating in an epoch where dinner is dubious.

Read It!: The Art of the Future

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I’d like to challenge you to read one of Paul’s essays each week for the next 14 weeks! I’ll do it if you do it!

http://paulmathieu.ca/

Download the essays for free from Mathieu’s website here: http://www.paulmathieu.ca/theartofthefuture/The%20Art%20of%20the%20Future.pdf

Chapter One, that is Essay One is entitled The Classical Esthetics: The Constancy of Form. Mathieu writes it while in China rationalizing the presence of Greek architecture and goes on to make an example of Greek pots in rationalizing forms and the odd context we place them in. My favorite tid bit is as follows:

Art History has this tendency to reposition objects in time, dissociating them from their original context and thus their original meaning. The consequences of this mindset are still with us today in our evaluation of art works and art practices.

My initial reaction was, well ya, of course. But if you really ponder that one we begin to let it sink in the fonduing principles of esthetics disseminated by the ever powerful and validating Art History as even more peculiar. All the more reason to read on!

Do you accept my challenge?