Exhibtion: FEAST: RADICAL HOSPITALITY IN CONTEMPORARY ART

I am really excited about this  Chicago exhibition from 2012 Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art. 

“Since the 1930s, numerous artists have used the simple act of sharing food and drink to advance aesthetic goals and to foster critical engagement with the culture of their moment.

These artist-orchestrated meals can offer a radical form of hospitality that punctures everyday experience, using the meal as a means to shift perceptions and spark encounters that aren’t always possible in a fast-moving and segmented society.

Feast surveys this practice for the first time, presenting the work of more than thirty artists and artist groups who have transformed the shared meal into a compelling artistic medium. The exhibition examines the history of the artist-orchestrated meal, assessing its roots in early-twentieth century European avant-garde art, its development over the past decades within Western art, and its current global ubiquity.

Through a presentation within the Smart Museum and new commissions in public spaces, the exhibition will introduce new artists and contextualize their work in relation to other influential artists, from the Italian Futurists and Gordon Matta-Clark to Marina Abramović and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Feast addresses the radical hospitality embodied by these artists and the social, commercial, and political structures that surround the experience of eating together.”

Mella Jaarsma, I Eat You Eat Me, 2002, Photographic documentation of a performance in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Courtesy of the artist.

Mella Jaarsma, I Eat You Eat Me, 2002, Photographic documentation of a performance in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Courtesy of the artist.

http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/exhibitions/feast/


 

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There is a fabulous blog that with videos and interviews from the exhibition: https://blogs.uchicago.edu/feast/

One feature for today is Enemy Kitchen by Michael Rakowitz.

“The dinner must make a decision and perform their ethics.”

Michael Rakowitz talks about serving dinner on flatware looted from the palace of Saddam Hussein.  Paper replicas of these plates are being used by the Enemy Kitchen food truck, now serving Iraqi cuisine on the streets of Chicago.

 

Issue: Geometry and Physics Conspire to Ruin the Blog!

Just how does a phone plummet off a shelf untouched into a cup off coffee?
Needless to say, my phone is a bit glitchy and will no longer provide my computer with internet (the only option put here in the forrest!) thus, you will find me blogging via phone- I can do it! However, I won’t be able to link and re-size photos all pretty like for it’ll all be mobile based viewing on this end. It may get a little wonky so bare with me!

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Back and Blogging!

Dear Ceramic Enthusiast,

SCAN037, Miss Me?

I am sorry I’ve been silent so long.

Will you have me back? Don’t prolong.

I cringe thinking of the time and distance that have kept us apart.

All those absent zeros and ones to start. But oh, I made [attempted to make] such glorious art!

So many late nights I ignored the computer’s neon lights.

My hands muddy and tired eyes unfit for such unseemly sights.

Now I type outside, by fireside.

I maintain, a fire still burns inside.

 

I miss art.

I think now, now is the time to start.

 

Start.

With a new schedule! You see it there on the sidebar?

Pretty in pink.

There are certainly some new topics there.

Thus, I give to you the new Category Page!

 

Weekly you will find:

Kiln(er): Kilns are often overlooked and certainly lack an online presence. They are a fundamental and endlessly interesting bit of the ceramic process. Thus under “kilner” (what I am affectionately referred to by a friend and what really perhaps all ceramists could be aptly called) we will explore the wonderful back breaking, hair singeing world of kilns.

Techno-ology: Info. on the technical aspects of ceramics. From melting points to expansion rates and sharpening tool tips to peeing in clay. All the treacherously techo terms and not so nonsensical garb will be dealt with.

Porn/Artist: There is a lot of spectacular work out there and a ton of stellar artists. Let’s drum up the contemporaries and stroke our egos.

Historical Pot: Pottery is the oldest record we have of the creative mind. Civilizations around the world all came to clay separately to make archetypal forms that resonate in every modern pot. The ceramic process with a bit of rapid prototyping and electricity withstanding still relies on ancient processes and materials. There is a wealth of ancient work out there seldom given the spotlight and I am eager to seek it out.

Museum/Gallery/Exposition: All play such a vital role in the lives of artists and art lovers. This section explores what they are all about and what is going on.

(Food) Activism: I have been dwelling more and more on our North American food crisis, an eminent monster ravaging our schools and streets and homes giving our children shorter lifespans and depleting our lands and cultures. But there is hope and it comes in the form of loving and sharing food- not a task so far from the core of all ceramic practices! I am excited to look at the links between craftivism and food activism- in our minds, and daily lives, at our tables, in our ovens and communities and on our computers.

Read It!: I have considered hunkering down for the next several years and disappearing in the library stacks or great abyss of the world wide web, an option of my dreams. I, however, find myself with such full days and I know you do too that all the reading gets mashed together in the filing cabinet of my brain to rust and collect dust. Here I will select a good’n each week I would love for you to read and talk to me about. That way we might keep things straight and expand our minds a little.

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Sporadically you will find:

Montage:  Compositions of….whatever! I find myself wanting to communicate in montage all the time. So lets slice, dice and repeat!

Color it!:  People would be a lot happier if they just colored daily. So why not color in some pots? Don’t stay in the lines.

Critique: These posts will crit an arbitrary work, to further our ability to speak of and see pots in academic manner.

Studio: Updates on studio work, pictures and anecdotes about the [not so] secret life of this potter in particular.

Foodie: I love food. Don’t you? This for all you foodies and covers all foodie stuff designed to make you drool.

Eat it: Photos of things I’ve eaten.

The Review: This section will be me reviewing a publication, exhibition, article.

Opportunity: Dearest Ceramists, yes you’ve got opportunities! As one myself my eyes are always peeled for a juried comp. here, a workshop there, so I shall share.

Bone of Contention: Sometimes I get riled up and have to contend with it.

Dictionary: A slowly complied personal dictionary of ceramic lingo and stuffs. Any orange text in a post will be explained in this section. You can also refer to the Lingo page for a complete overview of all the words discussed so far.

Mail: I am a bit of a post hound, give me some old national geographics, puffy paint and ink to make some summer sunshine love tinged post any day. The archivist in my scans em’ received and sent and wow there are some sweet lil’ somethings and wild fronts to be witnessed!

Playlist: The great Greg Daly once told me that the most important thing in a studio is the stereo system. He of course was totally right, though I’m not adverse to the presence of clay either.

News Flash: Info. that promptly needs knowing!

Essay: I have taken to writing an essay on ceramics every month. Each shall be posted under this category for your thoughts, help and scrutiny.

Question: I’ve got questions. Have you answers?

The Ramble: I shall ramble. You shall read?

 

 

Feel free to meander through past posts by category by clicking on any grey category on the sidebar  it will take you see the headlines of all the past posts in the chosen category, or use the search field on the right to navigate through tags!

Remember to add me too your RSS Feed (www.bpracticalpottery.com) and follow me on facebook (I’ll be posting tons of nifty links!) so you don’t have to remember to remember to me.

I’ve also update my portfolio page a bit!

Enjoy!

 

The Return of the Weekly Schedule!

Dearest readers,

I have missed you. Have you missed me? Life has been getting me going and absorbing tons of information. All this newness has been sloshing around in my mind with no output but for in the studio and a paper here and there. Thus, I hereby vote to re-impliment the post a day schedule! You remember that sidebar image that disappeared from my stagnant blog some months ago (the one pictured in the middle below)? Well the times are a changing and it is too. I’ve created a new and improved schedule that lines up with my day to day foray into academia (you’ll not those AHIST 2020 posts that have been taking up reels of scrolling space as on late…). Take a look at the topics and tell me what you think. We’ll be in touch daily again!

Weekly ScheduleThere are some new bits to take note of and amendments to the Categories you know oh so well. I am proud to introduce:

Read It!: I am reading more than ever. I have a splendour of superb libraries and resources at my artsy student disposal. So many that I have considered hunkering down for the next four years and disappearing in the stacks an option of my dreams. I, however, find myself with such full days and I know you do too that all the reading gets mashed together in the filing cabinet of my brain. Here I will select a good’n a week that I would love for you to read and talk to me about. That way we might keep things straight and expand our minds a little.

(Food) Activism: I have been dwelling more and more on our North American food crisis, an eminent monster ravaging our schools and streets and homes giving our children shorter lifespans and depleting our lands and cultures. But there is hope and it comes in the form of loving and sharing food- not a task so far from the core of all ceramic practices! I am excited to look at the links there in- in our minds, and daily lives, at our tables, in our ovens and communities and computers.

Other Media: Ceramics is pretty awesome- as I reckon you’ve surmised. But lets face it art culture has so many fascinating fasets and invfluences so connected to each clay platelet that I’d like us to broaden our horizons and take a gander over the wild blue yonder to other forms of art! Get ready for works and ideas stemming from everywhere!

The Week In Review: I am in school and my weeks are full of some pretty heaving reading, some pretty heavy discussions and some pretty heavy lifting (Who made 800 lbs of clay this week? I did!). For my sanity and maybe even for your interest I’ll take some sacred saturday time and review the week picking some highlights and tid bits to share.

Cookbook of the Week: Food is so good and so an obsession of mine! You know this from my past weekly categories Foodie and Eat It! This new one is in their club and I’m in a new club. A Weekly Food Exchange Club. Where I make a vegetarian meal to serve four and wander to a friends abode and exchange my food for four other dishes that I can eat for lunch throughout the week! This foray into cooking has made me seek out new cookbooks and thanks to the extensive public library collection I’d love to share one a week with you!

It all starts on Monday!

Question: Can she blog without a computer?

Thoughout these five years of remote living I have come to rely on my techno devices heavily. No more than your average computing inner city person, just that I have no
Public library or friend’s place or face to face substitute. My computer battery has at last gone kaput. KAPUT! The funny thing about social technology is that when it is gone it actually isn’t a big deal at all. I am just as as I am and no exterior viewer witnesses my life. It is the desire of community an sharing that underpins most of what we do and some how in reality it does not affect me so- in theory it is troubling. Alone- love it. But you see I am writing here. How so? With my phone that is really more computing device than phone. So the show will go on! She can indeed blog with no laptop, format will just take a dive towards unaesthetic. My true love is fiddling about with layouts, no such extravagance is granted to me now. Photos will be large and centrally located- ah and photos unless take via phone shall be PNG screen shots via phone- I have no way of viewing them on a real screen and so will have no idea as to their quality or positioning! It could get ugly folks! Let’s see what happens….

Issue/Artist: “I really do miss my camera/bferry”

The blog “bferry” gives the viewer beautifully framed snippets of a life. I frequented it quite often when longing for a camera of my own. A mundane life where the commonalities of living are framed beautifully and savoured. This is essentialy what I also want to highlight in life by the means of pottery. Rituals of use, that frame the small moments in time, with everyday comminality and beauty.

Artist: Carole Epp (WebCreateDesign Part3)

What is WebCreateDesign and who is Carole Epp?

Web Design Create is a class I am taking this semester at ANU. If you are more interested in the pretense of the class, there is a class blog set up that breaks down various concerns for artists bloggers. This and the  three other posts with “WebCreateDesign” in the title are posted as an off shoot of an in-class assignment to take three artists using Web 2.0 technology successfully in their businesses. I have chosen to follow and critique three potters: Ayumi Horie, Marty Fielding and Carole Epp.

Carole Epp interests mr more for her blog following than for her work. Her blog is well known all over the world. She is a Canadian lady and subsequently all her posts are very relevant to my practice.

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Website: http://web.mac.com/jordanepp/iWeb/caroleepp.com/Home.html

I was surprised to see that Carole’s website differs from her blog. I was first introduced to her work via her blog, and it is certainly not the focus her blog. Still I wonder if someone else designed the website. Either way it is easy to use, clear and attractive.

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Blog www.musingaboutmud.blogspot.com/

Musing About Mug is the blog that I rely on the most in all of the blogs in the blogging world. Actually most of the things I apply for either before or after I get the notion about them existing this blog helps me out. Carole posts application deadlines for residencies, shows, publications. She promotes events and shows giving all the appropriate info and links. She also lets us see snippets of her processes in the studio from time to time…It is one of the two blogs on my blogroll and it was the only one for a long long time. If you are at all interested in ceramics read this blog!

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Etsy www.etsy.com

Carole has links everywhere to her Etsy site. It seems to be a way of selling that suits her well.

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Facebook http://www.facbook.com

Carole has facebook, but for personal means, funnily enough her current profile picture has pottery in the foreground, potters are potters after all.

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Twitter www.twitter.com

I am not a user of twitter- I just am not about to jump on that bandwagon, but Carole has (the only one out of the three I have chosen to check out).

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Google www.google.com
She’s got it going on and on and on. Carole is a google friendly artist!

Artist: Marty Fielding (WebCreateDesign Part2)

What is WebCreateDesign and who is Marty Fielding?


Web Design Create is a class I am taking this semester at ANU. If you are more interested in the pretenses of the class, there is a class blog set up that breaks down various concerns for artists bloggers. This and the  three other posts with “WebCreateDesign” in the title are posted as an off shoot of an in-class assignment to take three artists using Web 2.0 technology successfully in their businesses. I have chosen to follow and critique three potters: Ayumi Horie, Marty Fielding and Carole Epp.

Marty Fielding uses some web 2.0 technology such as a blog and etsy, oddly enough I first came across his work in a book then looked him up from there. his work is sturdy yet light, geometric yet fluid, dark yet light. It is full of balance.

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Website/Blog: http://www.martyfielding.com/

Marty has his website domain forward to a wordpress blog (http://martyfielding.wordpress.com/). This is a great example of an artist finding a permanent domain as a convention necessary but for what ever reason preferring a blog.

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Flickr www.flickr.com

Marty doesn’t have a Flickr account but, I would like to take this spot up to show that Marty is represented on Flickr- or rather, his pots are. Even if he isn’t participating someone is promoting/cataloging work which includes it. Web 2.0 interfaces serve greatly as a quick, hopefully concise, network and potters of a certain caliber and circle have a presence, even if by indirectly.

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Etsy www.etsy.com

Where I first found Marty on the net. It is nice to see his prices and what work he posts. There was a jug I wanted to badly for such a long time alas it is gone, I guess that means this interface is working for him.

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Facebook www.facebook.com

155 Fans, I searched him and it didn’t work- then via a google search eureka. He has good images and comments frequently enough.

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Youtube www.youtube.com

This video is horrid- poor Marty this gallery has taken his work and made this monstrosity- still he is “on the scene”.

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Google www.google.com

It works, it worked when I couldn’t find Marty on facebook…

Artist: Ayumi Horie (WebCreateDesign Part1)

What is WebCreateDesign and who is Ayumi Horie?

Web Design Create is a class I am taking this semester at ANU. If you are more interested in the pretense of the class, there is a class blog set up that breaks down various concerns for artists bloggers. This and the  three other posts with “WebCreateDesign” in the title are posted as an off shoot of an in-class assignment to take three artists using Web 2.0 technology successfully in their businesses. I have chosen to follow and critique three potters: Ayumi Horie, Marty Fielding and Carole Epp.

Ayumi Horie uses many web 2.0 technologies (blog, YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Esty) and uses many of them quite well.  In this post I plan to break it down and comment on how Ayumi uses web 2.0 interfaces she chooses to her advantage.

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Website: http://www.ayumihorie.com

Ayumi’s website is bright and interactive, just like her pots. It is nice to see a web interface that is so harmonious with the artist’s physical works. Her website also has the tendency to read like a blog. It includes exciting and charming bits like an audio clip of Ayumi saying her own name to the nitty gritty stuff, such as press releases and bio. I enjoy the way that her website’s heading changes with every page- diverse yet harmonious. The blatant colored boarders take some getting used to but than again her pots do too.

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Flickr www.flickr.com

Ayumi’s Flickr site leave something to be desired (but then again so does mine at the moment). She uploaded her first photo a year ago and has 53 photos. It is, however, a nice format to clearly see Ayumi’s work due to Flickr’s prescribed formatting.

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Etsy www.etsy.com

Etsy, I can browse Etsy for so long and it is super user friendly that, however, means that you may have to filter through a bunch to find the gems. Where as Ayumi’s work would be a gem under normal circumstances here it is not as she only has three shirt designs- I couldn’t see Etsy not being that lucrative for the work she does make goes to galleries or homes directly.

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Facebook www.facbook.com

1320 fans, good on ya Ayumi! Then again a tech savvy lady who has been around the block in the potting world would.

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Youtube www.youtube.com

Ayumi is the only one out of the three artist I have chosen for this project that has a video worth looking at on facebook. That is simply because she has something to show- dry throwing only with tools. I actually showed it to a group of ceramists earlier today while firing a wood kiln off my laptop-  yeah nerds! (The nerd bit there was the influence of the song that the performer is playing while I write this in a cafe on my mac the song is entitled “all the nerd in love”… appropriate).

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Google www.google.com

Everything you need- actually comes up with Ayumi’s name…mind you it is an unique name.

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Airstream www.artstream.com

Ayumi is involved in some pretty great stuff- that great stuff is represented on line too. Check it. Artstream is amazing and I have posted about it earlier. The project uses many web 2.0 interfaces.