Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Soundtrack #8

1. That Girl - City and Colour
2. You Gotta Be - Des'ree
3. Roll Away Your Stone - Mumford & Sons
4. Alley Cats - Hot Chip
5. The Show Goes On - Lupe Fiasco

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Recent Show: Identity Redux, May 2011

http://identityredux.com/artists/

Check out my paintings in a recent exhibition of artists in Savannah graduating SCAD.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lord Byron

I have no plan---
I had no plan---
but i have or had materials.

Monday, May 2, 2011

GBE: the artist's space


Rarely are artists given an environment/a space to create engagement/a place they have the freedom to become the master artists of. Gavin Brown Enterprise hands artists this opportunity.

Last week I had the privilege of traveling to New York City with a group of fellow painters from Savannah College of Art and Design to do the gallery circuit and be exposed to the art scene that we are working to be a part of in the near future. Led by my professor, Jason Hoelscher, we sped through the Chelsea galleries, and Lowe-East Side spaces, and more, meeting friends of his along the way and connecting artwork and spaces with the reality of life as a successful, hard-working, and emerging artist.

Gavin Brown Enterprise was a space that shifted my ideas of what a gallery can be.
Walking into a space without windows or doors, expansive letters captured my attention across the massive wall space. Using the entire walls as his canvas, floor to ceiling, artist Rirkrit Tiravanija had painted the statement on which his entire exhibit hinged:
FEAR EATS THE SOUL.

The exhibition included and array of approaches to Rirkrit Tiravanija 's concept. From the wall painting to removed windows and doors (creating a space open 24/7 and requiring a security guard) to a t-shirt factory (printing his iconic phrases onto t-shirts by custom order) to a soup kitchen. Yes, I mean a soup kitchen. A space that is open to the public and free of charge, beyond a dollar donation for ingredients. Serving up a fresh pot of soup daily pipping with delicious ingredients, the soup kitchen is way of engaging the idea of consumption and community space that tie into his creation of the entire exhibit.

We have the privilege of tour the show with Associate Director Bridget Donahue. With a calm collectiveness she led us through the spaces and engaged with us as emerging artists. This visit is one that resonated with me as an artist and I will definitely be keeping up with GBE and Cleopatras, Donahue's project space, because they will have a role in the expansive ways in which artists reinvent spaces as their works in the future. Thanks for the great soup and conversation.


“Fear Eats the Soul” Exhibition by artist RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA, Gavin Brown Gallery, 620 Greenwich St, NY

Over PULSE & a cafe-au-lait...

Last week I had the incredible opportunity to roadtrip up to New York City and spend a full three days exploring and engaging in the New York art world. Led by my prof. Jason Hoelscher, we walked the Chelsea Gallery circuit and met his friend Cornell DeWitt, director of the PULSE Art Fairs. Under his direction and energy they have expanded the fair to multiple cities (which now include Miami, LA, and New York). He was engaging in not only sharing his experiences but also sharing the journey that brought him to his current position. I found it unique that he turned the conversation and was interested in our art school experiences and futures. Leaving our short coffee at Bottino, I left with a renewed vision for the wide spectrum of jobs and opportunities available after art school. DeWitt wisely asked us, what have you considered doing after school? What types of careers have you considered applying your practice to? To a group of 10+ painters the initial response is, be a studio artist, of course. Yet this brief interaction challenged me to consider the vast array of careers that an artist, or an art-minded person can pursue. Thank you Cornell for the engaging conversation

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Soundtrack v. 7

1. DeVotchka - And The Winner Is...
2. Elizabeth and the Catapult - Everybody Knows
3. Mumford and Sons - Little Lion Man
4. B.O.B. - Shoot up the Station
5. Mates of State - Parachutes

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Marco Fusinato

Mass Black Implosion (ST/48-1, 240162, Iannis Xenakis),
2007
ink on archival facsimile of scores,
8 parts, 53 x 64 cm each

Mass Black Implosion (Songs, drones and refrains of death, George Crumb),
2008
ink on archival facsimile of score,
9 parts 60 x 84cm each (framed)

Mass Black Implosion (Free music No 1, Percy Grainger),
2009
ink on archival facsimile of score,
23 x 32 cm (59 x 79 cm framed)

Mass Black Implosion (Mobile for Shakespeare, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati),
2007
ink on archival facsimile of score,
28 x 38 cm (64 x 85 cm framed)



Marco Fusinato, Melbourne, AUS, artist

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Word:Image/Image:Word

We often see pages of text interspersed with images---or books with select dedication to one of these processes.

But what of their relationship?

What image is sparked in our minds by a simple word?

What word do we instantly form from the sight of a drawn image?

After studying Sol Lewitt’s Paragraphs on Conceptual Art I chose to create a project based on the format of a preset structure to avoid subjectivity. Throughout the readings on Conceptual Art and the artists that make up this exploration, I have been drawn to the process of starting from a concept and creating structure in which the public, or designated people can engage and create the work. Group collaboration disintegrates the artist-as-master mentality in the piece.

I created a structured, and time conscious environment, where groups of 20 individuals became the artists of a series of word-to-image and image-to-word responsive works. By creating a

situation, or frame, for the participants---they were solely responsible for placing their reaction on paper.

Armed with paper and a ball point pen I set out to engage with public in their regular environments ---- in local coffee shops, community parks and an elementary/middle school. The responsive work of the participants will be a set process of 20 drawings/writings, beginning with a single word (of 7, I selected through chance) and followed by an image reaction---followed by a word response to the image drawn, and so on until 20 sheets have been used.

The result was a series of 7 white books, a complete set of word:image association sessions, 20 pages each. Each book is identical in size and distinguished by its "initial word" which began the book and the location of the authors.






The Soundtrack v. 6

1. Beach House - Silver Soul
2. Fruit Bats - Feather Bed
3. Plants & Animals - Boyfriends and Girlfriends
4. Sufjan Stevens - Get Real Get Right
5. The Roots - Rising Up