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February 26, 2009

Artist Statement

“Nothing puzzles me more than time and space; and yet nothing troubles me less.” -Charles Lamb

In the D=rt series, I measure the amount of time I am drawing on a piece, then multiply it by what I approximate the rate of my drawing to be, measured by how much I have drawn in a minute. This allows me to get an approximate distance for each piece and creates a new system for measuring time. Time thus becomes a distance traveled instead of just an abstract, relative concept. The wave pattern produced is an illustration of light, how light is both a particle and a wave. I use light in many different ways in the illustration of my work, whether it is using black marks on a white canvas to play with light in a visual sense, tricking the brain into seeing colors where there are none, or using similar colors to my canvas with my marks, so that the marks are only visible in with certain lighting. The process of making these repetitive marks becomes a meditative act and then links the spiritual with the physical.

Here is a link to my Facebook Fan Page that displays most of my work http://www.new.facebook.com/pages/David-Brian-Dobbs/40234759281?ref=ts

Departure Part !










February 25, 2009

Artist Statement - Srijon

Srijon’s artist statement.

My art is based in figurative drawing and painting. Anything from 30-year-old family photos to live models work as starting points for my work. I distort and make changes in color and form, I paint my friends as stand-ins for myself into the work, I paint my face on top of family members faces. I rebuild time in my paintings: everything mashes together from before I was born to the present to the unseen universe and universes that surround us.
I am not entirely convinced of what is real. I used to catch myself whispering under my breath, “Am I real? Am I alive right now?” In the past when I have realized I was dreaming mid-dream, I have tried to explain to the people I encounter that “this is just a dream,” they never believe me. They get angry. I feel a parallel in my dreams to my ‘real world.’ I believe that memories of our past are all framed in our own subjectivity; which distorts the accuracy of our memories, and in a similar way distorts the accuracy of how we perceive our world. Our subjectivity distorts time and space.

heres the link to some of my work - http://www.sri-c.blogspot.com

Life is Beautiful - Srijon

The “Life is Beautiful” show was nice to look at. Though the people were the things that drew you into the picture, the depth of field was so large that absolutely everything in the photo was in focus, so the people acted as a gateway to look at everything else going on in the photo. The infinite focus and the title brought on new meanings to the photos for me. The photos at first glance are about the people, but are really about everything: the land, the atmosphere, the people obviously, but really they are about life. And since the photos were beautifully shot, obviously life comes across as beautiful, which I think is a really nice point of view to have right now, especially while most everything else seems so pessimistic. I just read an essay today where the authors point of view was that there was no such thing as a happy story and in fact it is impossible to have a happy story; Life is Beautiful acts as a nice counterpoint in my opinion.

February 15, 2009

Life is Beautiful images from opening

more coming soon...

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Professor Song Jing, featured artist from Beijing Film Academy, Life is Beautiful


February 14, 2009

Visit To Quarter Gallery

"Life is Beautiful"
An Exhibit of the Photographs by Song Jing
Quarter Gallery - University of Minnesota

I was most impressed by the display of Prof. Jing's work. Interestingly
enough, it was not the photography techniques used or the qualities of each
photograph's composition that was most impressive-instead it was the
message she communicated with each print. (There is a VERY common adage in
music that expresses a similar phenomenon-"It is not how well you execute a
piece of music, but instead what you say with that piece of music that
makes a performance meaningful.) In the case of this display, while Prof.
Jing is obviously a very talented photographer and the quality of the
medium of expression is outstanding, it seems that perhaps her real art is
in her ability to understand people and to recognize and then capture on
film the fleeting yet poignant moments that are sprinkled throughout the
course of a very fast-paced lifestyle. Somehow the moments she captured are
not only meaningful to the people in the photos, but also encompass tenets
that are perhaps universally meaningful.

Amazingly, all of the people in the pictures are on the other side of the
world, have a very different life story than mine, are living in a very
different culture than that to which I am accustomed, and I have never met
and will most likely never meet in my lifetime, yet I can understand and
identify with the emotions expressed on their faces. The expressions on the
faces of her subjects so vividly tell a story and, in a lot of cases, the
surrounding objects in the subject's environment mean very little and have
very little impact on the communication of the message. This further
emphasizes the fact that the intended connection in this exhibit may be one
of humanity - one human understanding something innate about the other and
through this understanding, sharing a bond of similarity.

Artist Statement

Human fears, trials, and disorders are at the root of my animations, and the characters within them. My protagonists physical appearance is usually ambiguous and simple, while their state of mind and personal suffering is a form of hyper realism. I utilize stylistic methods of East-Asian pop art and the Otaku culture, manipulated so that the work maintains a level of unsettling darkness. The mixture of cute and creepy, endearing and repulsing, used within the concepts, sounds and imagery create a nervous tension that is essential to the stories I tell.

Artist Statement

My role in music, whether I am performing or teaching music, is to share
music with others. When performing, I must give the notes on the page life
in order to tell a story. Music is unique in that it can be used to connect
with people in a way that no other medium can and often it has a profound
effect on their lives. This opportunity to “speak” to the audience
through music is what drives my performances. In addition to sharing
emotions, moods and ideas in music, as a performer and composer I also find
myself sharing colors audibly in my audience.

As a composer, performer and music connoisseur, I sense very strong
connection between music and color. The sounds of different pitches and
styles of music
evoke a certain color in my mind. The rhythms, articulations, tempi,
register and timbre of the music influence the color that appears in my
mind and together these musical elements create a mood for the piece of
music, which then translates into color in my mind. This color is a visual
depiction of the mood of the piece and significantly influences how I
perceive and perform the music. As a composer, this color often exists in
my mind before I have actually written the music. I write to realize
musically this visual depiction of mood in my mind. This phenomenon has
inspired me to pursue
artistic collaborations with artists specializing in a variety of mediums.
Most recently I have worked artists to pair music with dance, photography
and visual art and I am now engaged in a project juxtaposing a live
performance of a clarinet composition I have written with an animation
created by artists at the Beijing Academy.

Artist Statement

soon to come....

Mary Beth Huttlin

hutt0049@umn.edu

Joanna Harmon

harmo069@umn.edu

February 11, 2009

Self Portrait

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cheryl wilgren clyne

Quarter Gallery exhibit with Professor Song Jing

February 10, 2009

Artist Statement-Lydia Schlicht

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Simple explorations in sociology, religion, and personal experiences have proven the most influential forces in my shaping and creating of art. These explorations have pushed me to observe, investigate, and expose psychological and spiritual ideologies of the post-modern American culture I live in, aiming to uncover and facilitate discussion of the absolute truths that relativism is founded on. Using mixed media including photography, found objects, newspaper clippings, textiles and oil paint, my work usually portrays layers of visually identifiable ideas amidst colorful abstractions.

February 4, 2009

Artist Statement

My work revolves around subjects that matter to me the most. Conflict between urban and rural cultures, struggle of my Indian identity and a constant search of spiritual strength steer my visual expressions. My role is to witness this quest possessing a kind of wholeness with investigation, repetition and elimination of forms. Often I find photography and digital drawing as best mediums to reproduce those moments. I photograph as I walk, observe, think and feel shocked. Then I draw a logic between the real-movement and the virtual surface that allows viewers to observe multi-aspects discovery of surroundings. I negotiate and fight with myself and my relevantly irrelevant thoughts. I watch it from a distance when information passes through me.

February 3, 2009

link to video

http://mediamill.cla.umn.edu/mediamill/embedqt/26362

February 1, 2009

artist's statement

The power to bring people and ideas together across difference fuels my love of art. I am collaborative artist; in my practice I am aware that everything I create comes from my relationships and interactions with the world around me. My recent work has been collaborative in a more literal sense, based in community projects and storytelling. These works have taken shape in painting, drawing, and mixed media pieces.

In addition I continue to work independently as a clay artist, creating functional and sculptural objects inspired by the communities, I am part of or that I interact with. The intersection of fine art and craft, and the role of art in everyday life influences my art making. I see art as a process and a product that facilitates the shaping of individual and collective identities.