NYC - The New Museum

The New Museum
Today I made the trip into the city to Bowery Street to check out The New Museum and Ghosts in the Machine, an exhibition that "brings together the dreams and nightmares of the modern age as expressed by a remarkable number of artists, writers and visionaries" (Lisa Phillips).  Some of the artists included in the show are Robert Smithson, Hans Haacke and Bridget Riley just to name a few.

The New Museum is a building from top to bottom; when you first arrive you take the elevator all the way to the seventh floor called the "Sky Room."  There is an observation deck where visitors can experience the amazing view below.
View from the Sky Room

A trip to the fourth floor takes you to the beginning of the show, a gallery filled with Bridget Riley's Op-Art paintings, and Stan VanDerBeek's Movie Drome 1963 - 66/2012.

The Movie Drome is an interactive piece.  Shaped like a large igloo and constructed out of a mail-order grain silo, it's a space where viewers are encouraged to go into the Dome, lie down on floor cushions and watch multiple layered slide and movie projections.  There is also also the element of sound which is multi-layered as well.  Sensory overload is an understatement. 
View from inside the Movie Drome.

Walking downstairs to the next gallery space below, you encounter Mark Leckey's video installation Pearle Vision 2012, one of several recent contemporary pieces that reflects a "fascination with earlier machines and the types of knowledge and experiences that are lost as we move from one era to the next..."(Ghosts in the Machine).

One of my favorite pieces was located on this floor.  Spaczio Elastico (Elastic Space) 1967-68 is an installation created by artist Gianni Colombo.  A room lit only with black-light, the space was defined by glow-in-the-dark elastic cord that was connected to motors that would pull the string in various directions.  This would manipulate the cubes of space into different shapes.  

Another pleasant surprise was seeing The Harrow, which was the machine from Franz Kafka's "In the Penal Colony," 1914.  As soon as I walked into the room I knew what it was.  It was a terrible looking object, a mean piece of furniture if there ever was one, pen nibs raised and ready to mark it's next victim to death.
The Harrow

Spaczio Elastico (Elastic Space) 1967-68

Seeing Hans Haacke's Blue Sail was inspriational.  So simple and yet so beautiful, it is an ingenious piece.  Another piece that I truly loved was Eye Model 2006, a piece by artists João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva.  Equally beautiful is a light installation entitled Hangende Lichtkugel by Otto Piene.   

Hans Haacke Blue Sail 1964-65
Otto Piene Hangende Lichtkegel 1972

The Art Institute of Chicago

I was just recently in Chicago for a brief visit while traveling back to New York and I had a few hours to spend in the Art Institute.  I have always loved this museum.  It was during a visit to the Art Institute years ago that my 8 year old self decided that I was going to grow up and become an artist.  Naturally, I gravitate towards this place whenever I'm in Chicago, one of my favorite cities in the world.

The Art Institute has several exhibitions right now that are worth checking out, particularly Fashioning the Object: Bless, Boudicca, and Sandra Backlund.  This show engages the viewer on multiple levels with video installations and a gallery filled with chain mail to touch, walk though and have a separate kinesthetic experience.

Sandra Blacklund

Parcours, an exhibition located in the Mondern Wing at the Art Institute, was developed through collaboration between artists Florian Pumhösl and Liz Deschenes among others in effort to create an art experience originally by Bauhaus designer Herbert Bayer that was never physically realized until now.  Bayer's idea was to create a maze within the gallery, one that would cause the viewer to use the art work and it's location as a way to move through the space.
“Left/Right” Liz Deschenes

The word parcours is French and means "route"  or "path."  In the United States, a parcours is an gymnastics trail designed to exercise the body and mind in tandem.  

Florian Pumhösl (detail, Modern Wing Gallery reflected)

Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective is an exhibition that features never before seen pieces by the prolific pop artist.  With almost 160 pieces in the show, it is considered to be the largest compilation of Lichtenstein's work to date.

"Mirror #1" Roy Lichtenstein 1969

Although Lichtenstein's work has been monumental in the creation of art history, I personally have never been drawn to it.  However, I will say that as an emerging artist, it was very interesting to have the chance to see Lichtenstein's beginnings as he strove to find his visual voice.  For example, this retrospective presents some of his earlier works such as the piece presented below, showing Lichtenstein's roots in Abstract Expressionism.
"Untitled" late 1950's

Summer Quarter: NYC and Beyond

The Wexner Center for the Arts
New York City has kept me busy to say the least.  I moved up to Brooklyn April 1st to begin an internship and have since moved 4 times.  I have finally secured both a comfortable place to live and a studio space and have begun the work towards completing my gradation requirements, including work towards the MFA show and thesis.  In order to make this happen and remain in NYC, I am taking two online independent study courses, one specifically created as a guided study for thesis writing and the other to meet my Studio IV requirements.

Studio IV is a course designed to enable the graduate student to refine work that may be used in the MFA thesis show, also a requirement for graduation.  In addition to continuing my site-specific installation work and indirect paintings, my professor has asked me to document current shows and gallery openings and post them on a blog site.

Alina Szapoczikowcan 
As I am presently in Columbus, Ohio visiting family and friends, I decided to visit The Wexner Center for the Arts where the work of Alina Szapoczikowcan be seen.  the show is entitled, Sculpture Undone, 1955 - 1972 and is an exhibition on an international tour.

Bouquet II, 1966, Plaster, plastic foil, colored resin, metal.

Cermika (Ceramic) I, II, II 1965, Terracotta.

Szapoczikowcan was a Polish artist born to a Jewish family in 1926 and was a Holocaust survivor at the age of 10.  Her work has compared to Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois because of her use of materials such as resin and her reference to the body.  These sculptures are said to embody the artist's horrific experience of the Holocaust with the intension of the preservation of the body and it's vulnerability.

Ellicottville, New York

Ellicottville was the location of the Mosholder Family Reunion this year.  I took a train from Penn Station to Buffalo, New York where my Dad picked me up.  On the one hour drive to Ellicottville, we happened across Griffis Sculpture Park, a nice little surprise in the middle of the sticks.