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October 29, 2008

Flipbook Animation

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October 23, 2008

instructor cheryl wilgren clyne clyne003@umn.edu


resume (selected works)



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October 22, 2008

Free Transform Flipbook

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October 20, 2008

A Scholarly Walk

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Contemporary Influence


Influential Contemporary artists
Have you seen Paris, je t'aime (2006) directed by:
Olivier Assayas (segment "Quartier des Enfants Rouges")
Frédéric Auburtin (segment "Quartier Latin") (transitions)
Emmanuel Benbihy (transitions)
Gurinder Chadha (segment "Quais de Seine")
Sylvain Chomet (segment "Tour Eiffel")
Ethan Coen (segment "Tuileries")
Joel Coen (segment "Tuileries")
Isabel Coixet (segment "Bastille")
Wes Craven (segment "Père-Lachaise")
Alfonso Cuarón (segment "Parc Monceau")
Gérard Depardieu (segment "Quartier Latin")
Christopher Doyle (segment "Porte de Choisy")
Richard LaGravenese (segment "Pigalle")
Vincenzo Natali (segment "Quartier de la Madeleine")
Alexander Payne (segment "14th arrondissement")
Bruno Podalydès (segment "Montmartre")
Walter Salles (segment "Loin du 16ème")
Oliver Schmitz (segment "Place des Fêtes")
Nobuhiro Suwa (segment "Place des Victoires")
Daniela Thomas (segment "Loin du 16ème")
Tom Tykwer (segment "Faubourg Saint-Denis")
Gus Van Sant (segment "Le Marais")

This is a movie declaring love for a city through the skill of 21 film makers and dozens of actors, and multiple plotlines. What I find inspiring about this is each director was given the same requirements: 5 minutes of final film to tell a story with Paris, the city of love, as one of the characters.

Within these five minutes, these amazing directors create a full world where love is confounded, vampires thrive, and a very kind man is left to die. If I were to ask for one gift, I would ask for a copy of this movie. I would study their adroit ability to tell a story in brevity.

Images as words

Language and learning and development of words.
The two videos were lovely.
The first video had strong elements of drama: The character, knowing what was in the urn, surprised me when she pulled out a worm. I felt a sense of discovery when she did this. There was a communal gasp in our classroom when she stretched the worm-our class expressed concern for its safety.

The end of the second video, when the child looks directly into the camera and the video-frames were slowed down, was incredibly powerful. I felt extremely voyeuristic, and knowingly seen by her, at that moment. I liked the location of the film too; the background appeared to be a stairwell or hallway, a place of transition. I heard her words as “onff,? a combination/blending of “on? and “off? as she was trying, unsuccessfully, to put the lens cap on the camera (meaning “put the cap on? and “turn the camera off?).

The multi-layered digital collages were fun and playful on one hand, and disturbing on the other. The characters in the apocalyptic environment seemed to be oblivious of the forthcoming ominous pink cloud-it couldn’t be good to breath even though it is pink. They also seemed unaware that some of their companions were wearing bear heads or conversely, the bear heads seemed unaware that their companions had human heads. They co-existed nicely; even with their differences-perhaps the surface of mars is actually friendly and tolerant of life.

Technically, I like the play of resolution. Typically, artists try to use high-quality images as a part of their palette of resources. Cheryl purposefully degraded the found images to claim them as her own, just as she takes 1950’s-like illustration of children and claims then as her own, just a child now-a-days can play with a prefabricated doll and create her own life story for the doll even though the manufacturer has the marketing tools prescribe the dolls name, what she wears, what time period she lives in. Children take that doll and create their own world. I think Cheryl has tapped into a way to push out the stereotypical definition, making room to create a strangely familiar world occupied with her own personally defined deja vu characters.

October 16, 2008

John Fleischer

Visiting Artist
John Fleischer
I have been waiting to write about John’s work until I could process it a bit more.

What struck me first was the intensity of his art, and the making of his art. My first impression of him I’d say he’s profound, walking the fine line--not his art making or “practice? as he calls it (he must be a Buddhist) but his obsessive compulsiveness about thinking and making. The rules he creates for himself are liberating. This may sound like an oxymoron but sometimes structure sets us free. The idea that art is not only a product but also a journey seems to be his companion or at least an element on his palette.

The video John made in Cheryl’s 1601 surfaced ideas of artist from the 60’s; the artists scrapping away at art, past minimalism, and into the realm of “idea, factures of idea, essences of idea.? By the end of John’s presentation (his word pieces) I felt I was sitting next to Lawrence Weiner, John Baldassari, and Vito Acconci (all who effected my education). I’m not saying John’s work is a derivative of these artist, I’m saying he seems to be channeling them. From his short presentation, I gathered that John had a breakdown (-through) after making self-portraits for over 10 years. My god, analyzing self for that length of time is in itself intense.

John’s work shines bright, gets under my skin, and feels like home.

Flip Book

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October 15, 2008

Journey to the Surface of the Earth

The title of the exhibit is wonderful and the content is in groove with the architect Eero Saarinen (1) exhibit happening simultaneously at MIA.

Max Schollett’s plastic bags arranged on the floor with geometric precision are elegant and textural (before and after I realize they are plastic shopping bags). I wonder how many times the MIA staff re-arrange them after a child has breezed through them, randomizing their delightful order.

The ladder Alex whittled down to nearly tooth-pick density, bear bones, is incredibly fragile and precarious-it is easy to imagine its collapse under the wieght of a Laurel and Hardy episode. His elaborate magazine foldings seemed decorated with “busy? work, they felt contrived and superficial-too executed. Yet his cascading paper cutting hung from the ceiling, in a simple and elegant way, was delightful-the visual ease of it made me wonder how many times it took to make it.

The tape on the wall made me laugh, when looking at it I thought they were shells of used condoms, I saw a row of dancing used condoms but then reading that they were masking tape made me think visualize an intestinal track.

(1) Saarinen’s environments are fantastically space age. I love the cylindrical world he created; it is so pure and honest (and Naïve-regarding safety in public places). I love the world he captured were men in dark suits and hats, and women in dresses, carrying matching handbags, rode in silver planes across the sky.

October 14, 2008

It's the little things

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October 11, 2008

9th Annual Seward Arts Festival

As a Seward resident for 10 years, I was a little disappointed with the three-minute egg review of the Ivy and Bottle Rocket Buildings. I would have approached the story with a few stats: how many artists rent studios in the two buildings, how much it costs, the length of the typical lease. I would preface the story with these facts to position the dedication of the artists who have rented throughout the years and address the turn-over.

A few of the artists exhibiting over the last couple years weren’t exhibiting this year, and I know they are still making art. One studio that was an artist space is now a lawyer’s office-hmmm. Some of the artwork has lost its grittiness. What I like about the Seward Art Fest is that I get an opportunity to meet artists in my neighborhood but this year it felt as though artist didn’t open their home studios as they usually do and we only saw the studio artists who don’t live in the neighborhood. The festival is changing; hopefully next year it will have a grass roots feel.

The Driver

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Voice to Vision-stand in

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Since I missed writing about the Voice to Vision exhibit at the Nash Gallery I will write about The Silence, a book project and exhibition I worked on with the Magnum photographer Gilles Peress. In 1994-96 I had the opportunity to work as the Special Projects manager at the Peress Studio in NYC. Gilles Peress is a photographer who travels to places in conflict; Northern Ireland during Bloody Sunday, Bosnia during the war, the middle East, Iran during the hostage crisis, and Rwanda during the 1990’s genocide. I began working with Gilles when at the early stages of his documentary in Congo and Rwanda, during the Hutu and Tutsi conflict. Gilles would travel to Africa and photograph the results of the war: stacks of machetes used to mutilate and kill, bloated dead bodies drifting down river that were used as drinking water, stains of dead bodies on the soil, and bodies of women strapped down dead and raped (not in that order). These images were brutal, this genocide was brutal, and the world needed to know what was going on in this remote part of the world. We worked with Alison Deforges of Human rights Watch-Africa, and Scalo (German publishers) to print a book, a record of the atrocities. The images were printed full-frame, black and white, with the gutter slicing each two-page spread.
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Alison provided the historical chronology of Rwanda to accompany Gilles’ images. The book was given to the members of the United Nations to educate them of the depth of the genocide so that they could make political decisions to send troops, funds, and health care. In order to reach a broader audience, we also arranged an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art where mural sized images of the aftermath were on display for the art-going public to see. Working on this project enriched my life and gave me nightmares. I now appreciate images that show the public places in conflict. I understand what the photographer or videographer or writer is exposed to: life threatening dangers, not only bullets and machetes but also parasite contaminated water and food. When Gilles would return from photographing in Rwanda, it would take weeks to settle back into life of the non-war day-to-day existence dealing with child care, grocery shopping, and just being present.

War is a serious business and it is deeply disturbing to see war return to the places thought to be resolved, or at least on the verge of resolution. As news reports come in on resuming conflict in Rwanda I feel that more work must be done to solve problems in their entirety. Westerns do not have the stomach or attention span to see a problem through to its completion. We want quick neat wars that can be accomplished in one-term presidency. We lack the ability to know that some problems extend longer than 4 years. That’s the trouble with war, whether started by the US or mid-sized African countries; they last for generations (or their own time frame) and are not limited to US presidential terms or any other human measurement of time.

October 10, 2008

What is Time and Interactivity?

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October 8, 2008

Ephemeral Linescape

Ephemeral Linescape
New work by Nick Howard and Robert Roscoe

Showing Roscoe and Howard’s work together reminded me of the old TV show “The Odd Couple.? Howard’s pen figures with three mouths full of sharp pointy teeth are casual, flippant, and slightly creepy while Howard’s photographs are carefully composed/cropped, predictable, and full of texture.

Roscoe’s image “Harbor Bulkhead, Camden, ME? is a lovely, close-up shot of core ten steel with a rusted-thru horizontal lace-like pattern. The lighting is graceful, allowing the rich texture of rust and patina to feel touchable with my eyes.

air sweet air

Air sweet air
Cheryl Wilgren Clyne

The 15 images included in the Harry M. Drake Gallery exhibit are playful with a sharp menacing edge. This is a world where Sally, Dick and Jane-like children frolic and play in a cotton candy apocalyptic landscape. The children within the images appear to be clean, healthy, and strong all the while not fazed or complaining about being placed in a rocky, barren, world where a pink explosion is forever shaping their landscape. Although some of the children have a bear head growing out their necks, they seem not to mind.

I wonder if the bear heads mask the children’s disillusion or the bear heads make their environment livable. Perhaps the bear heads provide them with a shield to live in the adult-world that creates catastrophes that can potentially lead to the end of the world.

The process of “reading? the images creates a need to construct a vocabulary of components:
Rocky barren landscape
Atomic explosion
Bear head(s)
Idyllic cartoon characters from the 1950’s

After spending time looking at the images, re-seeing them in my mind, and thinking about their meaning, I believe the images tell me stories about the resiliency of children living in an adult world, their lives and memories of childhood being shaped by adult actions. Making their way amongst the danger and unfriendly environment, children become half animals (friendly yet wild) in order to survive in the adult world.

What's Time and Interactivity?

October 7, 2008

the following rise to the top

Today, on this dreary November morning the following rise to the top:
Alexandre Dumas, the French writer Count of Monte Cristo. Dumas has the ability to write a 1500 page book that is a page turner all the way through. He is able to create characters and events with a few words that draw you into another world.
Paulo Coehlo, Brazilian writer. This guy is freaky. His stories cause me to experience existential earthquakes.
Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet. Neruda wrote a poem about a map that eventually replaced reality (very postmodern before postmodernism)
Abstract expression movement, specifically: Ad Reinhardt, Agnes Martin, Willem de Kooning. When looking at paintings by these three people I have an authentic experience of nature and life.
Akira Kurosawa, film maker, High and Low. The moral dilemma of this movie is profound and relevant. This story had to be told to the human race.
Jim Jarmusch, film maker, Stranger than Paradise, Down by Law. These movies remind me of my life, the moments when my nails are filthy, jagged, and broken.
Henri-Georges Clouzot, film maker, Les Diaboliques. This movie scared me and creeps me out with only a few highly crafted camera angles and facial expressions.

voting absentee

This was my first time voting absentee. It was really simple to do. I filled out a form and faxed it to the city and they mailed me a ballot, and two special envelopes: one to place my ballot into after filling it out and another to place the ballot envelop into. I was required to have someone sign my envelop stating that I filled out the form myself. Then I mailed it back. It was so easy that I will vote this way in the future-I’m not a fan of waiting in line.

October 4, 2008

Response to The Print Biennial

I really felt that I was much more able to dive into the Print Biennial Exhibition at the Nash Gallery than the last exhibition there. Immediately when I walked in many of them were very intriguing but it was this black and white drawing of two different sized worlds meshing. The piece was titled "Gulliver's Lincoln" by Bruce McComb. It was exquisitely detailed, over one hundred smaller men working on their selected part of this giant car. Every detail had a complete feeling to it. My favorite humorous detail was definitely the emblems on the hood and grill of the car. On the hood there is a helicopter lowering a statue like head where a jaguar would go on a Jag, and the other was a V32 where the V8 symbol is engraved into the grill. It was just a really fun piece of work because it took a children's story character and twisted it into a beautiful concept to wrap your head around.

Response to Quarter Gallery

The Quarter Gallery was fascinating. There was one piece I seriously emotionally connected with, named "Grog" by Celestine Pueringer. It was my favorite work in the entire gallery. The greenish, brown and black bronze that sludged off of this sad looking man just gave me this dreaded feeling in the pit of my stomach. Although it wasn't the most pleasant of feelings it definitely succeeded in taking me somewhere just by looking at it. The bronze drops just symbolized how sometimes it feels like you work so hard for so long and it seems you hardly move. Perfectly titled "Grog".

October 2, 2008

Time and Interactivity

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This is unscripted, unedited, and UNRATED! This is Time and Interactivity

October 1, 2008


The intention of my piece was to illustrate what I was thinking while I was walking to my polling location on Election Day in 2008. This piece of art was truly inspired by Barack Obama. He is a once in a generation leader who effectively campaigned to unify our country. He has been so inspirational because he is a very eloquent, well educated leaer who has been a champion of civil rights. I feel he represents the ideals that our country needs right now. I am so glad that he was elected president.

“At a defining moment like this we don’t have the luxury to rely on the same political games, the same political tactics that we have become so accustomed to. With the challenges and crises we face, we cannot afford to divide the country. There are no real parts of the country and fake parts of the country. There are no pro-America parts of the country and anti-American parts of the country. We all love this country no matter where we live or where we come from. Young and old, rich, poor, democrat and republican, black, white Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay straight, disabled and not disabled, we are and always will be the United States of America? Barack Obama Richmond, Virginia October 22, 2008

3 Minute Egg 3

The MCAD Annual Student Art sale is an exciting opportunity for students to publicly display their artwork for clients to view and purchase their pieces. The pieces featured in the sales are made by the students and vary widely in style and quality. This it is a great effort made by the school to help their students learn about the business aspect of their art career. Being an effective financial producer who can sell pieces on a consistent basis and to a diverse audience is essential for any artist who would like to continue to create art. Also the sale gives the artist the freedom to set prices accordingly which is a good lesson in supply side economics and what prices the market would support.

Journey to the Surface of the Earth

I liked the variety of shapes put together by Margaret Pezalla-Granlund. Form is an interesting area to explore. What struck me as great is that Margaret mentions that she tries to be independent of the mathematics. This, to me, makes the exhibit worthwhile because all the shapes she presented can be created by some sort of function or combination of functions, mathematics has always been viewed as this underlying texture of the world, yet whenever things are created with pure math they always come out with a lack of life. To understand this not only in itself but also as a metaphor for other methods is very important, I believe. I liked how in the booklet there was a sheet that invited me to participate, it's always interesting to experience the exhibit with my hands. To be honest the masking tape exhibit was inviting me to unwind itself, but that would probably be looked down upon.

Discussing Time & Interactivity

So what is interactivity, inter activity, interactive. I think it is the relationship of action between yourself and some form of your environment, regardless of whether it is man made or of natural occurrence. Perhaps our existence is a collection of interactions with the wiggles that are the energy of the universe. And what about time, does it really exist? It is possible that time is simply a boundary that we have created to define our existence. Time units are a very relative way to describe continuous action, consider that time slows down and speeds up throughout the universe. Or maybe time is an essential element of life. Recent findings in quantum mechanics will open up new ideas about how we are connected to time. In any case time can be considered a boundary by some, and yet for others it will be an opportunity.

Quite honestly I like to think of Time and Interactivity as a way to think about the moment. What am I doing? How aware am I of the surrounding? Sound, color, atmosphere? Am I open to experiencing it or reserved because I am thinking about doing some other task? Do I like this moment or should I move onto something else?

Sohrab and Rustum

The episode "Sohrab And Rustum," on 3minuteegg.org highlights the theater of Dreamland Arts. The play that is reviewed is titled "Sohrab And Rustum,? and it is a one-person show staring Zaraawar Mistry. The theater is owned and run by Zaraawar Mistry and his wife Leslye. They both are also performers and have an interesting story about how they developed their theater Dreamland Arts. They both bought a building and renovated it to an intimate theater of 40 seats. They had the dream to live where they work. So they live in a house right next to their theater and have an underground passage from their house to the theater. In the play Sohrab And Rustum" Zaraawar takes an 11th century poem of conflict and brings it into a contemporary perspective.

Watching this episode highlighting Dreamland Arts really inspired me to live your dreams. It’s amazing to see a couple with so many talents including, acting, business, play writing, building development, and communication skills. It’s very satisfying to see a couple create, build and manage their own production together.

What is Time and Interactivity?

Time and Interactivity is contemporary digital art that uses sound, animation, images and film as a medium of expression. Any combination of these elements can be used to create still images or short films. The computer is a tool used to create and distort reality into art. This is 21st century art that relies on state of the art technology to create digital masterpieces. In this new era of social networking and technology, the computer serves as a gateway to the world. Truly this is a very new and innovative genre of art and I feel very honored to be a part of this program at the University of Minnesota.

John Fleischer

I checked out John Fleischer's website to see some of his works (19 examples). I would first like to mention that I love art that is made with colored pencils, I think that medium really draws in the viewer and it's a very simple way to connect. Of course he doesn't exclusively use pencils. I noticed John has several geometric drawings and I really liked those, I think mathematics can be beautiful, maybe not alive but certainly with a sense of brilliancy about them. The human eye (->mind) is drawn to recognizing patterns in the visual information that is taken in. So to see logical shapes is a very comfortable experience. His piece on triangles is of similar nature. The ink pieces have a peculiar sense of balance. The feeling evoked by his other works, such as the skull, the tree trunk, and bird nest are that of solidity, partially because you can almost picture the geometrical foundations of their shapes. Overall I liked his work.

( http://6b7.com/john_fleischer.swf )

Rosalux & Pocket Galleries

I enjoyed visiting the Rosalux and Pocket galleries! I the use of space is very unique throughout the building so it was interesting to explore. The galleries were also quite interesting. I looked at Ephemeral Landscape by Nick Howard and Robert Roscoe. The first works by Roscoe (Boxcar with Red, Blue, Black/ Railroad Trestle #2) immediately reminded me of the Glenwood Mill in Golden Valley. The street-art feel and the corroded metal and broken down infrastructure are really apparent in the Twin Cities area due to the industrial history of the state. In the high school I went to the mill was a great place to visit and explore, it offers an incredible view of downtown and the sense of looking into the unknown is always exciting. Roscoe's works bring back those memories. The Glenwood Mill has at least three floors dedicated to graffiti and that theme can be seen in Roscoe's work as well. Nick Howard's works created an interesting atmosphere as well. The grasses are really an unmistakable feature of the Midwest. The figures were often bizarre, at instances picking each others brains, I would say often animal like at times, yet many human characteristics were also observable. I really liked the work with the large structure in field, it created a sense of the balance between nature and society that exists (should be very prominent, unfortunately that is not the case for many metropolises) in major cities as well as smaller towns.

Air Sweet Air

I found the idea for the exhibition very interesting. I have been thinking about my own childhood and the experiences I gathered over the past year and where they led. I really had a great time as a child, many of my memories are very vivid. The introduction to the exhibition was quite short and so I thought of it in an independent manner. I was surprised to learn that you (Cheryl) have traveled so extensively across the United States. Moving from place to place creates a really strange dynamic in your personal life and I would guess that the experience was both positive and negative. It's hard to be on the move, but having an opportunity to see new places offers insight into the world. The one thing I noticed is that the themes in the exhibit were culturally rooted in the North American tradition and so I could only observe rather than relate. I believe childhood is directly tied to the culture and so the worldview that you are exposed to as a child will be very different around the world. I would be interested in knowing more about your own experience as it would help understand the foundation for the works. The few things I noticed was the bare landscape which put emphasis on the connection and relationship of the characters. I also drew some interpretations from the titles, for example "your interference with my academic freedom." I would love to see a further development on the presentation, it would be really interesting to have short written segments about your childhood alongside the art works to really make it come to life.

"(Old) No One-In Particular #6, Series 2" Evan Penny, 2005

This piece is so realistic that you will think that it is a real person and he will talk to you. The detail of the skin, freckles, hair, color, eyes and anatomy of the face are very realistic. It’s interesting that the artist just made up this person without looking at anyone. The sculpture is of an old Caucasian man with grey/white hair and it is larger than the human scale of proportions. It is slightly flattened and its location is in the lounge area. Sitting in the lounge area in the presence of this piece give the room and eerie feel.

The Coffee Oligarchy

The "Coffee Oligarchy" by Cole Hoyer Winfield is an 8 page woodblock print portraying the idea of the process of coffee and where it comes from. Each page has three small square prints on each. The artist made a pattern of these images. Every two pages he would interchange the positioning of each of the three small images. Below is a short visual description of each image:

Flowers with beans, three people picking in the horizon and a woman churning

Crushed beans in hand, businessman on train, and the train arrives

A mill, a clock, and the city within a plain

Government signing bill

Lots of working and piles of beans

Government talking and tough times

Destruction of framing beans, packing things up

Image of a man alone, people happy and the last image of a coffee cup steaming on a table.

I really enjoyed this piece the most out of the gallery because it tells a story and has a narrative that you can interact with. I thought the images and style used portrayed the process, struggle, work, business and affects of the coffee bean industry.

The Golem: Chapter VII

I was taken away by the detail in this Intaglio and chine piece. The artist Matt Rebholz successfully portrays a disgusting bathroom and the feeling of sickness. The setting is in a very dirty men’s bathroom with small hexagonal tile floor. There are words, graffiti, photos, dark puddles, bugs and a small picture of a guy barfing on the wall. The light is on in the bathroom above the sink and the door is cracked open. There is a guy whom you can barely see walking by the door that looks like a zombie. The piece made me think how much waste we produce and how disgusting we can make our enviorment.


Flash fiction, a story with a word count ranging from 40-2,000, has roots extending to Ancient Greece (620–560 BC). The medium is perfect for the internet and has been experiencing a rise in interest the last few years. Geoff Herbach coordinated miniStories, a flash competition that attracted established and emerging writers to submit stories that were 500 words or less. The selected pieces were read by the authors on October 27, 2008 at the Ritz Theater in NE Minneapolis. The immediacy of plot and the high level of engagement are the best part of flash fiction-you get pulled in and under like a shark attack.

Gulliver's Lincoln

When I entered the Nash gallery I did not expect to find such amazing artwork. I noticed I became interested in the very detailed artwork. The piece titled “Gulliver’s Lincoln.? by Bruce McCombs is a very detailed Intaglio print made in 2007. The print displays a city set in the 1950’s with a very large Lincoln being constructed on by small people. The small people are life size but the vehicle is at least 20 times larger than them. There are numerous little men working on preparing this large vehicle for someone. Some details include a helicopter hovering above, loading the headpiece onto the hood. Also the road behind the Lincoln is much wider than the road for the people. This piece made me think how so many people can slave to create something that is useful for one person.

Gallery at MAEP ROOM at Minnesota Institute of Art

The works on display at the Minnesota Artistes exhibition Program Galleries that attracted my attention most was "Journey to the surface of the Earth" by Margaret Pezalla-Granlund and Max Schollett. The most striking thing about their work that drew me to take a long look was how they used items which were close by them to make art of that particular quality. Especially Max's work with the plastic bags and the tape on the wall. Impressive as they were, I was also reminded of the environmental consequence of plastic bags in our daily lives.
Another impression I had was Margaret's work with the folding of the magazines and the way they were arranged to make an esquisite piece of work.
The two artistes also draw their viewers into their work by including samples of their work which when I tried to make one, made me appreciate their work in a better way.

Artist Influence: Yusef Lateef

A few different people came to mind when I began thinking about this short essay. Art in its many mediums has been a great opportunity for me to see the world around me in its many colors and moods. With that said, many people have had a deep cultural impact on me, yet it has always been a progressive experience, the creativity and imagination of it opening up to me a little bit more each time. I would like to reflect on something that is still very fresh in my mind. Tonight I saw Yusef Lateef create something. When I came into the hall and sat down I expected to hear something, something I have heard, like a song from “Eastern Sounds,? something ethnic. But Lateef had something else in mind, he sat down and spoke about life and the inevitable death, spoke with word and sound. He opened his performance with a beautiful poem about flowers, the way they please the eye and the nose. What followed was an extremely sensitive exploration of life, at times soaring and other times breaking down. The music ventured into a new realm, where structure is no longer coherent and rather the sounds together describe the experience, floating, crashing down, moving and swaying. The imagery that had began to root itself in my mind had gone by now and the mind was left free to explore whatever I felt like. It was at this point that I noticed the people in the audience, some of whom were getting up out of their seats, carefully collecting their winter clothing, and leaving the hall! Incredible and humorous and yet at the same time such a sharp metaphor for people whose pursuit in life ends so early because they are not patient, or curious, or even interested in exploring themselves any further. They have already perished in a way. Lateef moved to piano and his spirituality began to radiate into the hall. The improvisations began to feel more structured once more, changing color, a brisk moment of immense happiness then dissolving further into the unknown. As the performance came to a close, Lateef once again spoke... spoke about the flowers that are sitting in his vase, giving him a joy or color and pattern, of aroma. Flowers which were once swaying in the wind in a wild field. Flowers that were now drinking up the water from the vase, their life coming to an end. Flowers that were giving joy to Lateef in that final moment.

-Aleksey Polukeyev

3-Minute Egg:- Charles Lazarus: Split Personality

Charles Lazarus: Split personality

Charles Lazarus is a very good trumpet player. His piece in this 3-Minute egg was called Zabava, a widely used slavic term which means parties or celebration and also the title of his newest CD and was performed at the Dakota. He plays in many different styles. He tries to infuse several different styles including gypsy music into his style of play. He talks about how he enjoys both the individual work he does and the artistic work which he does with the Minnesota Orchestra. In trying to juggle both, he tries not to tour much or tries not to have a good balance between touring and working at the orchestra. From this egg, his music sound very classical and the combination does is not evident.

3-Minute Egg:- Book Arts Fest

Book arts Fest

In this 3-minute egg which was filmed at the Fall festival for Minnesota center for book arts, photographers, poets, illustrators, etc showed their works of art. Artistes such as Tomascz Kaczynski, a comic book artiste, who is regularly published in the "mome" quarterly showed off his work. He talks about how he is mostly publised outside of Minnesota except a set of people from mini-comics.

Another Artiste who showed her work that was impressive is Sarah Morean (smorean.com) who showed drawings of all the shoes in her closet with her opinions about all of them included as a book.

3-Minute:- Zenon at the Southern

Zenon at the Southern

This 3-minute egg is about Wynn Fricke, a choreographer, Peter O'Gorman, a percussionist and Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner, also a choreographer who merges salsa dance with Jazz music. Wynn collaborated with Peter in creating this piece which premiered at the Zenon Dance Company's Fall production. In this piece, they talked about how in some cases, Peter created the sounds to match the choreography and in other cases, the choreography was created to match the sound when the sound was strong enough. In watching this piece, we can see the collaboration has worked very well and most of the performances go well with the unique sounds that Peter created.

Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner also showed some of her modern dance performances which is a blend of salsa and jazz dance.

Inspirational Artists: Stop Motion Project

I think I will be interpreting inspiration in an indirect sort of way for this assignment. I have had three significant influences in this area of the arts, even though I haven't done animation previously my understanding of it has been shaped by what these artists were able to show with their work. Therefore my work isn't technically associated with their works or ideas, rather it is my way of thought. First and foremost Jan Svankmajer, I saw his first work about a year ago in a philosophy of art lecture. I like his stuff from work to work, but this first piece animating a european football match was pretty amazing, absurd, and humorous at the same time. The sense of pretty wild exploration was a part of it, seeing elements that were very odd or actions which could not be described (logically) but were happening everywhere. It was pretty far out for me at the moment. After that I stumbled upon a work of René Laloux and it was beautiful. He is my most admired animator to date, his animated film Fantastic Planet is perhaps his best known work. It has very intricate ideas weaved into it and combines wonder with some interesting philosophical questions. Laloux is actually highly excellent at combining these two elements. His first work I saw, "Time Masters," leaves you with a thought that will leave a lasting impression. His third work, "Gandahar," is also worth watching. Finally the third person who has exerted influence over me in this pursuit was Jorgen Leth. His "Perfect Human" and especially the reworked constraint version are actually filmed, but because of the constraints that were taken by him as a challenge from a friend the work is heavily rooted in understanding animation. It is rather a collection of sequenced images than a continuous flowing film. Leth explored several themes in these works, I was most impressed with the Cuban variation and the Bombei ghetto variation. Humanity is a strange concept, it is so different all over the world, a living thing of sorts. And yet people always try to pin it down to something concrete, something specific. That is perhaps the hardest realization to make, that everything is living and changing, nothing is the same from one instance to the next.


Journey to the Surface of the Earth is an exhibition in the MAEP Gallery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. There were two artists exhibiting their work in two separate rooms. I first looked at the works by Margarett Pezalla-Granlund. Her works were developed using paper. I really liked how she created a 3d object from a 2d piece. My favorite piece is titled “Cone of Obsolescence? on table number 5. It is a grayscale image of a jungle and the image is cut out to create a 3d cone on top of it. Where the image is cut out there is another image underneath of an airplane view of mountains. The cone combines with the 2d surface and the way it is pointing makes it seem the cone is flying across the sky. The second artist focused his works on everyday objects including tape, plastic bags, a wooden ladder and a paper plate. I really enjoyed his exhibition because the viewer can really relate with the objects because we use them everyday. Two of his pieces focused on the idea of an upward direction. The ladder and the notepaper both led the viewer up to the ceiling. Also there was interaction with the ground by creating a bundle of plastic bags to look like a harvest of some sort. I thought it was interesting how the artist had the viewer move from ground to ceiling. Overall I really enjoyed this exhibition and was inspired mostly by Max Schollett. I think taking everyday objects and having them function in an artistic way is very satisfying to interact with.

MAEP Gallery

Journey to the Surface of the Earth is an exhibition in the MAEP Gallery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. There were two artists exhibiting their work in two separate rooms. I first looked at the works by Margarett Pezalla-Granlund. Her works were developed using paper. I really liked how she created a 3d object from a 2d piece. My favorite piece is titled “Cone of Obsolescence? on table number 5. It is a grayscale image of a jungle and the image is cut out to create a 3d cone on top of it. Where the image is cut out there is another image underneath of an airplane view of mountains. The cone combines with the 2d surface and the way it is pointing makes it seem the cone is flying across the sky. The second artist focused his works on everyday objects including tape, plastic bags, a wooden ladder and a paper plate. I really enjoyed his exhibition because the viewer can really relate with the objects because we use them everyday. Two of his pieces focused on the idea of an upward direction. The ladder and the notepaper both led the viewer up to the ceiling. Also there was interaction with the ground by creating a bundle of plastic bags to look like a harvest of some sort. I thought it was interesting how the artist had the viewer move from ground to ceiling. Overall I really enjoyed this exhibition and was inspired mostly by Max Schollett. I think taking everyday objects and having them function in an artistic way is very satisfying to interact with.


Robin Schwartzman and Beau Hufford
Screen print, 2006

Schwartzman and Hufford’s whimsical soft dolls, appear to be created for monster babies. The five pieces are made of brightly colored fabric, printed with fanged, singled eyed, menacing freaky-creature expressions which are edged in fake fur. They are cuddly and creepy simultaneously. The pieces are well made and seem ready for the commercial market, this professionalism makes the Jankies stand out from the other pieces in the exhibit.

*something that isn't quite right, very wrong.

: 3 Minute Egg 3

Ah theatre, a field I know a little about in theory and almost nothing about in reality. I liked the idea of these people working together to create something, a synergy of performers starting a project that will help the growth of the artistic talent between themselves but also the people who are just now getting involved. I thought that was the highlight because having seen very little theatre for me the emphasis on how truthfully can one depict life, even if the circumstance is not ordinary or even mythological. And how the actors own ideas about the world fit into this crafted image. I feel that they should know themselves very well first and gain an experience in life that allows them to relate to the situations occurring in the play.To me the performance lacked that sense of truthfulness. But again I think ideas that are sparked like that often have profound influence on talent, so as I (perhaps) explore the theatrical side of town I would be glad to discover that it is indeed the case, since with diversity comes a better understanding of the true variety of elements that can be used in performance.

Remembrance and Hope: 3 Minute Egg 2

Music once again! This piece interested me for a very particular reason. Participating in music as a group is a very special experience, very different from playing solo or duet/trio/quartet. The dynamic changes from bouncing one off another to forming a very intelligent goo that adjusts and moves with the atmosphere. In orchestra it's interesting to notice how the energy flows from member to member, section to section. Same in choral music. The topic itself is another detail that interested me in this piece. I remember playing Paul Hindemith's piece about the aftermath of World War II, about the pain and suffering, about the violence. It was an incredible piece, and the words angular and rough struck me as very fitting for it. That emotion that is carried by music of this sort, especially by people who experienced it first hand is incredible. It is at the same time piercing and malleable. I can change it (improvise it) but the idea stays the same no matter what. The third concept worth mentioning is the resemblance of art and the reality of what is taking place in a country or place/location. So much can be interpreted about the people, their well being, their hopes and dreams by the art they create. Art really, might be, the new method of interpreting the state of a nation and even the world.

Voting: Make-up Response

Since I couldn't legally vote in the Election and get the credit for that, I wrote 100+ words about who I would've voted for if I could have.
If I could have voted in the election (if only I was a year older!!) I would have voted for Barack Obama. My reasons are that he looks like he could actually improve this country, whereas John McCain seems to be a Republican tool, even if he seems like a nice enough person. Plus, if McCain had been elected then, with his age and all, he could have died off within the week and then Sarah Palin would have become the President, and nobody wants to have that, because she's far worse than he is. Barack is a great guy and a well-educated man, and he'll do his best to improve this country and save it from the horrible decisions made in the past.

Charles Lazarus: Split personality: 3 Minute Egg 1

This was my introduction to 3 Minute Egg. (For the people who made the website: there is no "about" page). So as I understand it - the concept is to introduce short three minute segments of the art scene, interview style. A great idea. So without further delay, about the actual presentation... Charles Lazarus, what an interesting name. A classical trumpet player venturing into jazz is always an interesting journey. Many people get lost, some people never find what that transition is, it is a very difficult thing for a classical musician to all of a sudden open up completely and let the feelings dictate the music. Classical music is almost always an interpretation, and there is an incredible art to interpreting, it is an improvisation in itself. However there is a very profound foundation upon which that interpretation takes place. You have the notes which have been composed, structured, phrased and connected together to make a coherent idea, all this done by the mastermind, the composer. Jazz, too, comes to a certain extent from a place. It has a foundation in theory, one that is living within you when you play. But jazz is also tradition, given birth in New Orleans from a very interesting mixture of people and culture, events and worldviews. And this tradition has lived a turbulent life. So many people have taken jazz in their own direction. For Armstrong it was something, for Jelly Roll Morton another, people like Coleman and Coltrane, Parker and Miles, Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis all took jazz in their own direction. They lived it. For a classically trained musician who has been constricted the process of creating life is different. The genius composers are the ones who feel so much pressure from all the formats and traditions and modern thought of composition that they break it all and establish their own now, their own vision. It happens rarely, a lot of people play beautifully but not many journey into your mind and stir up new discoveries. It sounds like Lazarus is enjoying experimenting with these two different styles, a healthy approach to music, I would be interested in hearing him in ten years.

If You Could See The Difference

Having the background information about this piece makes me understand what the artist’s thought process was. Using NASA photographs from Mars with the bear-children floating around was very surreal. It was a nice combination of the two elements. This image was very nicely constructed many layers from the background to the children and the bear heads. Knowing that there was a deeper message with the children having bear heads in an attempt to circumvent reality when perplexed by its presence.

Air Sweet Air Response

I really like the surrealism of the bear heads and Martian landscapes coupled with the children's bodies and childlike atmosphere. My favorite would have to be the piece "red that isn't Right" because of its message about gender roles, which is an issue which is close to my heart. Artistically, I like the odd combination of grayscale and color images, like the red dress and socks of the bear-child against its grayscale skin and shirt. It really looks like the two little girls are watching the bear-child-in-red like it's some sort of clown, maybe a freakish sideshow marvel. The way they're presented, it looks like they're judging it. The bear-child in red looks really awkward and unsure, as if it's alone and just wants to fit in, but in front of the eyes of the two little girls it's torn between making light of the situation and putting on a little show, like everything's just a joke, or bursting into tears, or running away.

3-Minute Egg: Deer Camp

3-Minute Egg Review - Deer Camp
This 3-Minute Egg was about a comedic play called Deer Camp that was created through extended improvisation. The movie talked about the director and some of the actors as well as the process of its creation, but didn't go too far into the story of the play itself. I liked the idea of creating a play through improve, since some improve I've done has been absolutely brilliant, but it also sounds like a rather chaotic and troublesome way to construct a play. I wouldn't want to be the director for it. The play's set reminded me a lot of the Red Green Show.

3-Minute Egg: Book Arts Fest

3-Minute Egg Review - Book Arts fest
The 3-Minute Egg Assignment I watched was about the festival held at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, where a bunch of photographers, writer, poets, bookmakers, illustrators and such all gathered to display and talk about their work. I was most interested by the story of an artist who made a book based on 41 pairs of shoes that she's kept in her closet as artistic reference. She drew them all and then wrote a memory associated with each shoe next to them, and then made a book out of it called "Oh my god, Shoes!". I liked the reminder that books and art can be mixed together, and that they don't have to be formal or serious, they can just be fun.