My friend Lesa has been Catering for an organization called Jew for Jesus since 2011. They fly her and 1 to 3 people several times a year when she is needed. I was lucky enough to be one of the people this last time. This was my second time to help. We cook ten meals and were there for a week. It’s funny to me that I’ve gotten involved with this because not only do I not cook, but I’m also as gentile as it comes. But Lesa is an incredible delegator and it’s such an incredible origination to see at work. Here are some of my favorite photos from this whirlwind of a trip!
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
Conservatory of Flowers
Palace of Fine Arts
The group was with were all coffee people, so we did a TON of coffee! We even took a saturday and had a coffee crawl where we went all over the city.
My friend Anna mentioned to me not to long ago that she really wanted to go to New York and see wicked on broadway. Maybe a week before that I had ventured over to Dallas with Dad to buy clay and saw the huge poster on the side of Fair Park for Wicked. I mentioned we should go see it. Dad wasn’t to interested in seeing it again, so when Anna mentioned it I knew I had my way in! So we bought tickets and were on our way to the fair grounds for one of the best musicals of all time!
The show wasn’t until 3:00, and us being art majors we had to spend some time at the DMA (Dallas Museum of Art).
An exhibit they had up titled The Dorace M. Fichtenbaum Bequest was a super exciting find for me! Fichtenbaum was a huge supporter of the DMA and past away last year. The exhibit was her personal collect. I think she might be my spirt animal! She collected from all over the world, had a ton of degenerate art pieces, a David Bates, and a piece by an artist I’ve been dying to see, Num June Paik! He was the first artist to use TVs in his work, he started using them in the 1960s! I did a lot of research on him a few semesters ago and he has quickly become one of my favorite artists!
After the DMA we headed over to Fair Park for the show. It was my second time to see Wicked. It was even better than I remember!
In March I had the opportunity the attend NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) in Kansas City, MO. There was a group of six students from UT, and both of our ceramics professors that made the journey. It was a CRAZY week! So much incredible art, and talks and demos and museums. I’m honestly still processing!
It was really cool that the conference happened to be in KC because my brother and sister-in-law recently moved there. Dad came with me, so we had a nice little family reunion! It was so nice getting to see family and on their turf!
Claes Oldenburg, Shuttlecock, 1994
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Donald Judd, Large Stack, 1968; El Anatsui, Dusasa I, 2007; Phillip Hass, Summer (After Arcimboldo), 2012
Brett Kern, Brett Kern, Ryan Kelly
Student Showcase and Emerging Artists
I didn’t write down the first artist name but it’s such a cool piece; Mario Munguia Jr. (who is one of m classmates!!); Kyungmin Park
Multiple Shows at Belger Crane Yard Studios
Jamie Bates Stone, Transference, 2016; John Balistreri, Reef, 2014
The five photos below are all pieces by my ceramics professor, Merrie Wright. It’s such a crazy honor to be able to learn under this kind of talent!
Left and right were from the 50 women exhibit at the American Jazz Museum, the one in the middle was at a different gallery that I didn’t catch the name of.
Linda Lighton & Mark Southerland; Misty Gamble; Tip Toland
Kemper Museum of Contemporay art
Louise Bourgeois, Spider, 1996; Frank Stella, The Prophet, 1990
Mark Cooper, YuYu Boston Blue, 2013 (This was my favorite piece from the whole week!)
This has been a whirlwind of a semester! It’s been possibly the hardest and most stressful, but also possibly the most rewarding semester I’ve ever had to. I learned so much and have grown a lot as an artist. I made the decision to take four studio classes while also taking Aesthetics, which wasn’t the best decision I’ve ever made. I had several people tell me it was a stupid idea, but I’m hard headed and did it anyway. I had never taken a class that involved as much reading as Aesthetics, and it was hard reading. Kant and Heidegger were brutal! So between that and the amount of time you have to put into studio classes its safe to say I didn’t have a lot of free time. Here are some highlights from this crazy semester!
I’m going to a a larger post on NCECA later, but it was such a HUGE part of this semester, so I felt like I needed to put at least a few photo on here. I made some really important relationships on this trip and it really kindle the fire in me for ceramics!!
Every spring semester UT Tyler does a juried student exhibition. I was lucky enough to get one of my weavings in the show! And it even made it on the poster! A year ago I came up to UT to be advised for my first semester here last fall. My department head, Merrie Wright, told me and the friend I came with that we should stop by the gallery and see the student show that was up at the time. So on our way out we stopped by the Meadows gallery to check it out. I remember being really intimidated by the level of work in the show and thinking I HAVE to be one of these people. It really meant a lot after all the work I’d put in that I got to be one of those people!
I decided to take Advanced Ceramics again, which towards the end of last semester I didn’t think I was going to, but Im really glad I did. I got a crazing amount of work done! The main thing I worked on this semester was pieces for an installation I’ll be doing over the summer. My goal was to make 500 of them, I made close to 550! They are all about Healing in community. I don’t believe true healing happens without others. The black represents the pain and hurt we experience and the gold is the healing process.
I also continued my wood cups and vessels. I had a little trouble at the beginning of the semester with some of them breaking in the kiln, but I got it figured out and got several done. I have nine more glazed and ready to be fired.
I got inspired by a few sources to start experimenting with small pieces. I’ve been wanting to find a way to incorporate ceramics with weaving. These little pieces lead me to some larger ones that I’m waiting to get fired.
I ordered this gorgeous rolling pin on etsy for ceramics. I didn’t get to use it as much as I wanted, but I did a little playing around with it.
This was my first semester in Collage, and boy was it a challenge! It’s a super open class, so you can really bring in any kind of medium you want, 2D or 3D. I had really been missing weaving, and after weaving at a Live Nativity over Christmas break, I decided I would bring it back into my academic life.
It took me a long time to really figure out how I was going to address the medium, but I finally figured it out and I’m really happy with the direction I’m going and am excited to see where it goes from here.
“Time and Patterns #1”, “Time and Patterns #2”
“Time and Patterns #3″, Time and Patterns #4”
“Time and Patterns #5”, “Time and Patterns #6”
“The Last Seven Years or So”
“Here or There?”, “Trying to Get a Handle on It”
I took two semesters of life drawing at TJC and learned so much! I found out I could use life drawing as my advanced drawing credit, so I jumped it! Once again I learned a ton!!!
I’ve really been missing painting in my life, I was going to take advanced painting, but it was at the same time as advanced ceramics, so lucky for me an aquamedia class was offered this semester.
“Urban Shapes #1”
“Urban Shapes #2”
“1998 & 1999”
“Can We Go Back?”, “Can We Go Back?”
These were all smaller studies.
The last day of class we had a demo on Watercolor Monoprinting, here are the two I made.
Two of my favorite people recently moved to Boston, Massachusetts. I’d been missing them dearly so I decided that seeing them over spring break had to happen! I sold a guitar and few other things and then watched and waited for the ticket prices to go down. A few weeks later I was on a plane headed their way!
One of my favorite things is when people share their city with me! It’s the best way to experience a place: with locals! Alex and Katie haven’t even been their for a year yet, but they definitely feel like locals already, they know their city so well which made my first trip to Boston so perfect!
Boston’s Keytar Bear, Bates Hall at the Boston Public Library
Foggy downtown Boston, Cheers Bar, yarn bombed tree in front of Trinity Church
Alex took me to the Boston Museum of Fine Art the second day. I’m always excited when art is involved and the MFA has some really great pieces!
Sam Gilliam, Balance, 1970; El Anatsui, Black River, 2009
John Singleton Copley, Paul Revere, 1768; Nishida Jun, Zetsu No. 8, 2003; Sheila Hicks, Bamian (Banyan), 1968
New Hampshire & Maine
I mentioned to Katie that I wouldn’t mind checking some new states off my list while I was there since everything up northeast is so small, you can be in the next state in less than an hour. The only state in the north east I’d been to before this trip was New York, so Katie took me up to Maine! First we pasted through New Hampshire and stop at Hampton Beach. It was a rainy day, which is my favorite at the beach! It was so beautiful! I of course got my feet in the water, which was freezing, and we climbed up on some rocks where we found some small clams and just sat and enjoyed the waves. Once we got into Maine we drove to cape Elizabeth and checked out Portland Head lighthouse. It was absolutely breathtaking! From there we ran over to Portland, ME, which means I’ve been to Portland on the east and west coast. On the outskirts of town in a little neighborhood is a little stream that randomly turns into a waterfall! It was gorgeous! We also drove to Sebago Lake, which was still frozen! I’d never seen a frozen lake before, so that was really cool! We also found a covered bridge! It was so Maine-esic!
Cemetery; Paul Revere Statue; Henry David Thoreau’s headstone in Sleepy Hollow
Ceramic piece by artist Cheryl Ann Thomas; My Aunt Karen lives in the Albany so we meet in Concord for Lunch; Boston Graffiti
Boston is absolutely Cover with old, beautiful Churches! I ended up attending Catholic mass for the first time in my life! It was a beautiful experience. The picture on the left is Gate of Heaven Church, the church I attended mass at. The one on the right is trinity church, which was founded in 1733!! (The building was build in the 1800’s though)
Church of Christ Science headquarters; Christian Science headquarters pipe organ with 13,000 pipes; Old North Church, floor of King’s Chapel
LA Arts District
We stopped by Art Share which is a community of artists in the art distract that has studios, teaches classes and has a gallery. We showed up about an hour before the gallery was open, not knowing so we buzzed the door and a wonderful man named Terry let us in and gave us a tour of the complex! It was so nice of him and it was super cool getting to learn how the arts distract became what it is.
Ooga Booga Bookstore
Ooga Booga is a weird little bookstore in the middle of a weird area of LA. We almost couldn’t find it. I found out about a exhibit they were having of Artist Susan Cianciolo who does these unusual quilts and boxes full of things that are important to her. I’m obsessed with fiber arts right now so it was a perfect opportunity for me.
Los Angeles Museum of Art
Improv @ UCB
Jordan, being who she is, took me to an improv show, which was the best!!!! I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time (and I laugh a lot)! The Improv troop we saw is called Bangarang.
This semester is my first over at UT Tyler. I’m really enjoying the department and I am already learning a ton! It’s a little bit of an adjustment and it’s strange having to start over with my reputation, but its good for me. I’m only taking 12 hours this semester, Composition & Design, Degenerate Art, Beginning Sculpture and Advanced Ceramics. This semester is very much out of my comfort zone. I am definitely a 2D thinker so my brian is having to learn to function in more of a 3D way. It’s been challenging, but it’s definitely helping me grow!
Composition and Design
Comp and design takes the elements that you learn in 2D and 3D design and incorporates technology. It’s not the best name for the class, in fact I didn’t know what is actually was until after the first meeting, but I’m loving it! It might be my favorite class. We’ve been learning the ins and outs of Photoshop and for our first assignment we had to build a digital quilt using the program. The below photo on the left is my digital quilt. I went for a less traditional approach and am really happy with how it turned out, and it was done with only three photos. The photo on the right is the start of my second project. I’ll talk more about it when I get a little more done.
The next pictures are just my practicing layering in Photoshop. I’m having way to much fun!
Everyone in the class had to do a research presentation on a famous Digital Artist. I chose Korean artist Num June Paik. He was an avant-garde performance artist and sculptor who used music and any kind technology he could get his hands ons! I’m a huge fan, and can definitely see myself being influenced by his work in the years to come.
My art history for the semester is a really interesting class! Degenerate art focuses around a anti modern art propaganda exhibition the Nazis put on in 1937. There was so much about the Nazi party I didn’t know and a lot about the ideas of the time I didn’t know. It’s crazy that there was an actual job title called a racial hygienist! Also as much as I loved modern are before I love it even more! Dadaism has stolen my heart!
The only beginning level studio I didn’t take at TJC was beginning sculpture, so I’m getting it out of the way this semester. It’s been really interesting so far, definetly out of my comfort zone, but I’m learning a lot!
My first assignment had to involve wood, so I’ve been working on a frame that will have wire running from the top to bottom and then I’ll be weaving through the wire. This frame has been super challenging because of the crazy angles I pick. I had it almost finish with the frame and I was carrying it and dropped it and it broke into several pieces, so I’m having to reattach a lot of it. Long story shot this piece has been a struggle! And it has a long way to go……
The two photos are sand resin (I think thats what its called) molds to cast Aluminum in. The one on the left has been cast, I’m still waiting on the one on the right.
The photo below on the left are slides from my mom’s childhood. I’ve been playing around trying to figure something out with them, we will see where it goes. On the left is a box of piano keys I found out at the highway 80 sale for $1!!! How crazy is that?! I’ll be trying to start something with them next week.
I’ve spent the first part of the semester in ceramics trying to find what direction I want to go in, I’m still figuring that out but I’m getting closer!
The main thing I wanted to achieve for this semester was the wheel. Last semester I only got on the wheel about three times and I found it very frustrating. It’s something I really want to be able to do, so right now my professor has me in cylinder bootcamp. After weeks of failure I’m finally starting to get it! I still have a ways to go but I’m definitely getting closer.
These two both have blue slip on them, so after they are fired they will be blue. I was just playing around testing out stuff.
I had to do a research presentation of a ceramic process. I chose photo transfer. The process didn’t really work for me, maybe it was the ink? I don’t know.