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[Lecture] James Casebere: Scales and Dimensions

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 11.17.56 AMThere is nothing worse than finding out that the artist whose work you are in complete awe of is also an extremely sincere and intelligent individual. Some people just have all the luck! As I waited and prayed to find something – anything! – wrong with James Casebere, as I listened to his lecture the realization slowly crept over me: there is no fault.

I love Casebere’s work. I will talk for hours and hours about his work to anyone who will listen – and I’ve learned quickly that few will after the fourth hour. The craziest part? I never even heard of his name before his exhibition at Cornell University.

“Scales and Dimensions” presents an incredibly satiating look into the mind of the brilliant artist. He forms intricately gorgeous miniature models in environments which showcase an equal amount of attention to the atmospheric light and surroundings. The final touch is his impeccable photography. The result is simply magic.

The surreal works Casebere produces are surreal – from his hallways scenes to those of suburbia, each image is more detailed and composed than the last.  The whimsical nature of his works are of key importance to their success and seeing the models on display only help one’s appreciation for how much work must go into each and every image.

I greatly enjoyed the lecture presented by James Casebere and continue to be amazed with how tactful and genuine such a talented artist is in person.


Photo credit: http://d71vxl4sfh0st.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Pg-13-Arts-Casebre-1.jpg

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Alejandro Cesarco

Alejandro Cesarco genuinely impressed me by the end of his short, but well-versed lecture on his works and experiences as an artist. A native of Uruguay, Cesarco’s works are playful but laced with a dangerous imposition to the user: self-reflection. While exploring additional examples of his works, I couldn’t help but find myself at first smirking at his statement-based pieces such as When I’m Happy (2006) and Picture #8 (2007) – but then immediately feeling a feeling of emptiness. It is as if the piece leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth – purposely though so as to create tension between the viewer and the work.

 

“Picture #8” (2007)

Other works of Cesarco, such as his Baloise Art Prize-winning The Streets Were Dark With Something More Than Night Or The Closer I Get To The End The More I Rewrite The Beginning (2011) explore a unique narrative of a detective-like story. Playing out in a noir fashion, the installation is astounding for its ability to place the viewer in the role of an investigator propelled along his creation of a storyline thorugh simple prints and projections.

Cesarco deserves the attention and acclaim he has thus far received – I can only hope that he continues on this path of success without forgetting his roots that make him and his work impossible not to love.


Lead photo credit: http://www.rolexmentorprotege.com/FILE/7306.jpg?w=960&h=540
Photo #8 credit: http://www.fluentcollab.org/mbg/index.php/letterfromeditor/index/179

Map Art

Drawing Project: Urbanization

Map Art

For my second Intro to Drawing project at Cornell University, I was assigned to create a map based on an imaginary location and advance that concept to the greatest extent possible. The result is the following animation:

 

I wanted to capture the transformation and development of an unestablished location from land formation and colonization thru modern civilization. The drawing process closely mimicked the way in which such a location may actually be developed.

 

Using a tripod-mounted camera and light setup, I photographed the multi-staged drawing process and created a stop-motion animation with a linear, chronological progression.In post production, numerous sound effects were added in order to further reinforce  urbanization’s far-reaching effects on natural surroundings.

The next step for this piece is to take the concept even further with an interactive element. My intention is to create an interactive piece in which the level of urbanization represented in the video is directly proportional to the volume level of ambient sound in the piece’s surroundings. Furthermore, a language will be established that translates human sounds into generated sounds within the work. For instance, clapping will translate into the sound of drilling and hammering – not unlike that common on a construction site. Another instance is that footsteps and general murmurs will produce the sound of traffic.

A mixture of Jitter MaxMSP 5 and Adobe Flash should provide the tools needed to create such an interactive piece.

As always, comments and criticisms are more than welcome and I appreciate your interest in my work.

Patch: Colin Budd

In the News: Artist Colin Budd featured on Pine-Richland Patch

Patch: Colin Budd

Photo Credit: Wendy Compernolle

A new article on AOL’s Patch site for the Pine-Richland area features Colin Budd for his works and his successes in the 2010-2011 Scholastics Arts and Writing competition.

Colin, who earned one of only five “American Vision Best of Show” awards in the county as well as a “Gold Key Portfolio” award for his art portfolio and a “Silver Key Portfolio” award for his photography portfolio.

In addition, Colin Budd earned two “Gold Key” awards, three “Silver Key” awards and six “Honorable Mention” awards for individual art and photographic works.

Colin, along with his friends from Pine-Richland High School’s well-regarded AP Art program proudly accepted their awards on February 12, 2011.

For more information on his successes and the works submitted, see the fantastic write-up in AOL’s Pine-Richland Patch article here:

http://pine-richland.patch.com/articles/whiz-kid-colin-budd.