Sunday, December 20, 2009

Souvenirs Found at Sea

These are some pictures I took with a Holga camera while on a cruise this summer. The cruise left from Venice and stopped in Greece, Turkey and Croatia. There were 4,000 people on the 12-story boat, and the most time we ever got to spend in any given city/country was 6 hours. 

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Semester in Review

This is a copy of the final post on my class blog for Intro to Sculpture, which I taught two sections of this semester. The class learned many sculptural techniques and processes, including woodworking, welding, kinetics, wearable sculpture, mold making and casting. Here are 20 curated images that I feel best represent the class's work. Congratulations to my students on a job well done! I am really proud.

"Twenty Three Point Six Plus One" by Tory Keith

"Bad Plaid" by Laura Finkbeiner

"ON/OFF" by Alexis Crowley

"Untitled" by Christian Jaskolka

"White Box Red Box Black Ball" by Stephen Rooney

"Welcome" by Jeff Swartout

"Make A Wish" by Valerie Boebinger

"Lick That. Don't Lick That." by Sophie Schneider

"Tactile Experience" by Tory Keith

"Facade" by Jeff Swartout

"Pocket Watch" by Valerie Boebinger

"Best Friends" by Eggy Ding

"Dislocation" by Stephen Rooney

"Untitled (after snips)" by Sophie Schneider

"Sad Tension" by Marie Komanecky

"Tiny Transmutation" by Eggy Ding

"Self-Portrait" by Stephen Rooney


"Lampshade Covers Nothing" by Katherine Lin

Monday, December 14, 2009

Beth Campbell

I thought this mobile by Beth Campbell complemented Tharp's portraits well (they were in a show together, which is how I found her here).

Storm Tharp

I haven't posted "inspiration" in a while... but the Whitney released their selections for the 2010 Whitney Biennial recently, and Storm Tharp (who is my favorite artist from Portland, OR) made the list. I love his ink/guache portraits, and I'm excited to see another artist from the Portland scene "making it big".

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Review in the Buffalo Spree

My Coffee Cup Conveyor Belt Calendar got a great review in the Buffalo Spree. Here's what the author, Bruce Adams, had to say about it: 

"Entering the main room visitors are confronted with Alicia Eggert’s Coffee Cup Conveyor Calendar, a mixed media sculptural piece and exhibition-length performance of such subversive brilliance that it stops you in your tracks. Dozens of unfired cast porcelain replicas of Solo paper cups, the kind with the plastic lids provided in coffee shops, are stacked in cardboard carryout holders against the wall. Mounted on the wall is a gear-driven conveyor belt with a week’s worth of cups lined up. Yellow sticky notes label each cup: today; tomorrow; the day after tomorrow; the day after that, and so on. Every day the belt advances and a cup falls off the end and shatters on the floor. The gallery staff loads another cup and the process continues. A scathing commentary on consumerism? A lamentation over the impermanence of mass-produced products? A visual rumination on mounting landfills? Or is Eggert commenting on the repetitive monotony of daily routine, how we mark time through our compulsive habits? Maybe all of these and more, but the work’s greatest impact comes from the disquieting spectacle of hand-cast ceramic objects purposefully destroyed … in a “craft” show."

Read the entire review here.