Thursday, January 20, 2011

American Kills

I mentioned in class yesterday the idea of using the chalkboard to display some fact or statistic(s). I got inspiration for that idea from the eye-opening piece of art called American Kills by Sebastian Errazuriz:

Installation Inspirations

I shared my ideas in class (hardware figures, sand pendulum, and kids' fort), the links posted below are what provided a jumping point for my thinking, plus a few more:

Also here are a few ideas for the title:

Layman's Upload
Layman's First Chance
The Word
Here's the kind of curving waves that I was thinking with the cans. Just some inspiration. :)

Brainstroming the name

I have heard a few ideas, everybody please just comment with your name idea for the show.

Boiling Down Our Ideas

Hey Guys,
I found an image of the installation that I had in the smaller front room of the Nth, It is the tree like piece that I mentioned with the 8000 plus feet of twine. This thing took a long time to build and install so, it may be tough to pull off something as involved but we should not let that interfere with ambition. The shadows were the most effective part of the whole piece in my opinion. You can click on the image to enlarge it if you want.

Once again, I thought that our brainstorming was an amazing start to the work that we want to put in the show. If you could please consider all of the ideas and what we feel are the ones that we can reasonably pull off in this limited time frame that would be great. If we happen not to include an idea, it BY NO MEANS is an indication that it was not a good one, just that we need to edit our selection quickly.

Thanks and get those show titles is my contribution:   FIVE YEARS EARLY.


Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash and it is gone ;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out into the sea.
And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.

Drop a pebble in the water; in a minute you forget,
But there's little waves a flowing, and there's ripples circling yet,
And those little waves a-flowing to a great big wave have grown;
You've disturbed a mighty river just by dropping in a stone.

Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute it is gone;
But there's a half a hundred ripples circling on and on and on.
They keep spreading, spreading, spreading from the center as they go,
And there is no way to stop them once you've started them to flow.

Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute you forget;
But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet,
And perhaps in some sad heart a mighty wave of tears you've stirred,
And disturbed a life was happy ere you dropped that unkind word.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: just a flash and it is gone;
But there's a half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Bearing hope and joy and comfort on each splashing, dashing wave
Till you wouldn't believe the volume of that one kind word you gave.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: in a minute you forget;
But there's gladness still a-swelling, and there's joy a-circling yet,
And you've rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard
Over miles miles of water just by dropping one kind word.
~James W. Foley

Here is the poem that the one idea reminded me of.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Hey ya'll, this is the artist I mentioned in class... I went to one of his lectures in Turchin where he also had some work in the exhibit. One of the pieces he talked about was particularly interesting to me, "Cognitive Dissonance". Check it out...

Free Fabric Place

The place I mentioned in class today is called Loomcraft Textiles. It's further East than I remembered, but if the person taking I-40 is going through Burlington then it could still work out. They can offer "patches of material for free for good purposes," though I could call and ask how big patches are or if we would be limited to the number of patches.

Here's their website, and I'd be more than happy to call if you guys think there's a need for fabric, though I'm not sure if their hours would be conflicting to the driver, or I can research places that aren't as far.
I have an idea, I would like to do something with aluminum cans so that they are in the shape of a tree in a corner of one of the rooms, it is kind of showing the disparity between nature and industry. Starting with a foam core inside and then glueing crushed aluminum cans onto the foam would give it the depth without weighing a ton. I also thought a cool detail would be to use tin foil and cut out leaves that would lay on the ground around the aluminum can tree.

Tell me what you think and if you have anything to add to it that would be awesome.