Archive for December, 2009

ANDREW HEDGES INAUGURATES A NEW INVENTION AT THE ART ARK

Posted by erin on December 17th, 2009

Oh! that TANTRUM!

by Erin Goodwin-Guerrero

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Shooting flames and firing serial explosive bursts, Tantrum circled the grounds of the Art Ark

On Saturday, December 12, Andrew Hedges gave a supportive, albeit wet, audience an entertaining inaugural show of his newest vehicle, Tantrum. Gas, oxygen and acetylene power the functions of this single seat convertible that cavorted nimbly around the grounds of the Art Ark, shooting fire and making startling sounds like a fusillade of gunshots. Red banners, echoing the contours of the panels in the sculpted body of the vehicle flapped in the breeze, possibly implying “caution, gangway!” A brave few boarded for a test ride of what constituted Hedges’ MFA exhibition project. Although this light industrial neighborhood is somewhat inured the sound of gunshots, apparently the police did appear to investigate, found the source of the complaint to be benign enough, enjoyed the “spectacle” and moved on.

Tantrum appears to be hybrid of Mad Max art car, car machismo, alternative fuel vehicle and hissing frill-necked dragon lizard. It is best seen with the inventor himself at the helm, a self-satisfied and slightly demonic grin lighting up his face. Hedges has managed, once again, to combine into sculpture his love of machines that move, make noise and incorporate some sort of naughty if not downright antisocial elements, (his motorized bicycles notwithstanding).

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KARIMI’S STUDENTS ENGAGE THE PROCESS, FORM AND CONTENT

Posted by erin on December 17th, 2009

Two Hours at the San Jose Museum of Art with Young Art Students

By Pantea Karimi, Artist/Art Teacher

Studying art using computer screens, posters and books cannot evoke the same reaction as seeing the actual pieces in a museum or a gallery. Sunday December 13th was the last day of Alexander Calder’s show, Color in Motion, at the San Jose Museum of Art. Additionally, two other wonderful exhibitions were on display: Chuck Close prints: Process and Collaboration and Ansel Adams: Early Works. I took a few of my students, 7-11 years old, to the San Jose Museum of Art on December 13th for a two-hour field trip.

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Sara Emami’s drawings, Yellow Whale and Dots and Dashes after Alexander Calder, December, 2009

We started our tour with Chuck Close gallery. I told my students about his life, media and work process before we entered the gallery. Screen-print and Intaglio printmaking techniques sounded mysterious to my students and they were amazed by how Chuck Close has been using these two processes in his works. Chuck Close’s twelve-step etching, Self Portrait-Scribble, elicited a stirring reaction; my students tried to figure out how Close used the metal plates, colors, and layers in order to create his self-portrait print; they counted and matched the layers for a few minutes. I let them figure out the process and when they finally did it, they got excited and started a commotion, which also engaged other visitors around us and put a smile on the gallery guard’s face.

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MEMORIAL TO AN ARTIST WHO MADE A REAL DIFFERENCE

Posted by erin on December 11th, 2009

SFAI Community Mourns The Passing of Bob Colescott

By Erin Goodwin-Guerrero

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Colescott working in print media at Crown Point Press

Robert Colescott was outrageous, courageous, prolific, a pioneer, an activist, gentle, and loving. He was an important historical figure in the world of painting in the shifts from Modernism to Postmodernism from the late 20th Century to the present. In 1997, the entire American pavilion at the Venice Bienale was dedicated to Colescott’s work, an unprecedented yet merited honor.

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