I’ve written a coupletimes about artist’s journal, a small-edition zine featuring works by VCS students and other artists that VCS faculty member Peter Hristoff puts together each semester. Today’s post features selected images from the Spring 2013 edition. You can see the rest on the VCS Flickr page, and view previous semesters’ editions at these links:
Each year during the fall semester, the VCS program holds a workshop in which painter Max Gimblett teaches the students in Tom Huhn’s senior thesis class the philosophy and techniques of traditional sumi-e ink painting. Today’s post features a few images from the most recent workshop.
If you’d like to know a little more about Max Gimblett, sumi ink painting, its relationship to Zen Buddhism, and its influence on modern art, check out this post from 2009 about the first VCS sumi workshop. (You can also find the more images from this year’s workshop at the VCS Flickr page, and additional photos from two others at these links: 2010, 2012)
The father, the mother and their three kids live at the outskirts of a city. There is a tall fence surrounding the house. The kids have never been outside that fence. They are being educated, entertained, bored and exercised in the manner that their parents deem appropriate, without any inﬂuence from the outside world. They believe that the airplanes ﬂying over are toys and that zombies are small yellow ﬂowers. The only person allowed to enter the house is Christina. She works as a security guard at the father’s business. The father arranges her visits to the house in order to appease the sexual urges of the son. The whole family is fond of her, especially the eldest daughter. One day Christina gives her as a present a headband that has stones that glow in the dark and asks for something in return.
And another from KINO Lorber:
A hyper-stylized mixture of physical violence and verbal comedy, Dogtooth is a darkly funny look at three teenagers confined to their parents’ isolated country estate and kept under strict rule and regimen — an inscrutable scenario that suggests a warped experiment in social conditioning and control. Terrorized into submission by their father, the children spend their days devising their own games and learning an invented vocabulary (a salt shaker is a “telephone,” an armchair is “the sea”) — until a trusted outsider, brought in to satisfy the son’s libidinal urges, plans the seeds of rebellion by trading VHS tapes for sexual favors. (partially adapted from the New Directors/New Films catalog)
You can find a more information at the following links:
Dogtooth at KINO Lorber (official U.S. website, including a trailer, stills, press, awards, and a director’s statement)
Back in June, the VCS Program awarded Angela Miskis our annual scholarship to spend five months as an artist-in-residence in the Leipzig International Art Program (LIAP) in Leipzig, Germany. In anticipation of her departure to Leipzig, Angela has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds that will cover the cost of art supplies and her living expenses while she’s there. The campaign is off to a good start, but she still needs more support to reach her goal before it ends on December 3rd.
Here’s a video she put together that shows some of her work and describes her plans for the residency:
The Kickstarter page includes additional details on what she hopes to accomplish in Leipzig and what the money will be used for. Here’s some of what she has to say:
The LIAP will provide me with a huge live-in studio space, which will allow me to work on several large-scale paintings. One of my goals is to complete a minimum of five large-scale paintings of about 5 x 5 feet, each based on a series of symbols I created to depict significant memories and analyze prevailing states of mind. I also will continue to paint on found surfaces and from photographs as well as make collages and mixed media paintings. I’m a dedicated artist and through a lot of self-discipline I have been able to establish a prolific art practice. There is no single artwork that I make that doesn’t influence the others; I learn from constant production and investigation.
The scholarship highlights the promise of my work and my dedication as an artist. Your support will help me take full advantage of this opportunity by providing necessary funding for art supplies. Please see my blog or website for more samples of my work.
I have been saving every dollar I can to cover the expense of leaving my home for 5 months, air travel, and living costs. With your generous support, the funds raised on Kickstarter will go towards:
Art supplies that must be purchased on site to save on shipping costs, such as canvas and paper rolls, wood panels, painting mediums, and restocking of oil painting tubes and oil sticks.
Time: I will not be permitted to obtain employment while in Leipzig. While this allows me to completely devote myself to painting, it makes this Kickstarter campaign and your contribution even more important. Thank you very much for backing my project!
For those who pledge their support, Angela is offering a variety of premiums ranging from thank-you postcards and small painting studies to finished works of various sizes on paper or wood panel. You can find more details and view sample images of each premium on her Kickstarter page, and see some of her work on her website (shown below).
For the last couple months, VCS student Rachel Zaretsky has been working as a research assistant for artist and SVA faculty member Liz Magic Laser, helping with the development of a new work that will be on display for the rest of this month at Paula Cooper Gallery. The show launches this Thursday the 14th, and there will also be two live performances staged in conjunction with the opening. Here is some information from Rachel about the show and performances, quoted from the gallery’s pres release:
Liz Magic Laser Absolute Event
Paula Cooper Gallery
197 Tenth Avenue
November 14 – 30, 2013
Two Live Performances, November 14 & 16, 7:00 PM
NEW YORK – The Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to present Absolute Event, a video installation by Liz Magic Laser. The work will be produced on site during live performances at 197 Tenth Avenue, open to the public, on November 14th and 16th. Performances will begin promptly at 7:00 PM. Space is limited. The video will be on view through November 30th.
In Absolute Event, two actors (who are former congressional staffers) will perform a dialogue in which a political strategist coaches a politician from behind the scenes of a situation room set. The script combines material from Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac, current American political rhetoric and interviews conducted by Laser with political and public relations strategists. The gallery will be transformed into a control room and a situation room, incorporating elements from a disco nightclub. During the performances, live-feed videos are produced, edited and projected while audience members are invited to participate in the action.
Liz Magic Laser (b. 1981, New York) lives and works in Brooklyn. She earned a BA from Wesleyan University (2003) and an MFA from Columbia University (2008). She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (2008) and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (2009). Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently at the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany (2013), Mälmo Konsthall, Mälmo, Sweden (2012); the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2012); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2012); Performa 11 Biennial, New York (2011) and MoMA PS 1, New York (2010). She was the 2013 Armory Show Commissioned Artist. Laser is the recipient of grants from Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation Grant (2013), the Southern Exposure Off-Site Graue Award (2013), New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2012), the Times Square Alliance (2010) and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2010).
The script for Absolute Event was written by Liz Magic Laser in collaboration with Sofia Pontén; Actors: Gary Lee Mahmoud and Daniel Abse; Set Design in collaboration with Andrea Huelse; Costume Stylist: Felicia Garcia-Rivera; Technical Director: Irwin Seow; Director of Photography: Laura Cooper; Audio Engineer: Tristan Shepherd; Research Assistant: Rachel Zaretsky.
For more information, please contact the gallery: (212) 255-1105; email@example.com