Month: June 2015

Printing the Past and Present for the Future

posted by – 06/23/15 @ 3:39pm

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A recent article in The Atlantic describes the formative steps the Smithsonian is taking in order to preserve and protect the artifacts so delicate and yet so critical to understanding human history and culture, or what I’d simply like to call the Smithsonian’s attempt to create a “future for the past.”

Essentially, technicians and conservators at The Smithsonian take an object, scan it, then create a 3D cast of the object, which is further processed to make it look like the original. These copies are kept by the Smithsonian to be brought out for special occasions, as the original collection owners rely on the income from these artifacts. The concern here is, do the objects hold onto their authenticity once there are copies? This highly intriguing article discusses the “benefits of accessibility…pitted against those of authenticity” and the ongoing quest by museums and others of how to integrate the ever-changing world of technology into the world of antiquity.

Not only is 3D printing going to be progressively used in preserving the past, but it is also going to be transformative in the contemporary art world as artists, including our very own Carol Prusa, as seen below, are ever increasingly experimenting with and using 3D printing as a medium of artistic expression.

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3D printing is literally and figuratively shaping the worlds around us, keeping our head on a swivel while leaving us attentive to the subtle nuances created by increased use and appreciation for rapidly changing technologies.

 

 

Romancing Banality: The Art of Lyle Carbajal

posted by – 06/19/15 @ 2:33pm

Lyle Carbajal’s roving exhibition Romancing Banality incorporates elements from years spent traveling, absorbing new cultures. Nashville is the exhibition’s third iteration, following openings in Seattle and New Orleans. Carbajal lives in each city for months leading up to the opening, incorporating himself into the city’s culture.

“It’s a city’s Zeitgeist that interests me,” said Carbajal, “The sights, the sounds, the way its people either cherish or disregard artistic forms, the city’s visual connection to the past and whether or not it recognizes its indigenous culture.”

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Visitors to Romancing Banality find themselves immersed in an authentic, urban/primitive experience completely lacking in pretense. Capturing the spirit of anti-artistry and folk art, Carbajal seeks inspiration in the everyday.

“These are the truths I perceive through my eyes, my journeys, and my exploration as an artist,” said Carbajal of his work.

The effect of Romancing Banality in the gallery space is truly transformative. In addition to the paintings and multimedia works adorning the walls, Carbajal installed a half-scale model of a carcineria in the center of the gallery. He is also exploring film as a medium, and a film shot and produced entirely in Mexico is projected onto one of the gallery’s walls, furthering the multi-sensory experience that is Romancing Banality.

Art Basel 2015 Opens

posted by – 06/16/15 @ 5:05pm

With the opening of Art Basel 2015 in its founding city this week, I’d like to shed some light on this wonderful European exhibition of art from around the world.

 

Distinctively located on the borders of Switzerland, France, and Germany, Basel provides the most strategic location for the exhibition of over 300 leading galleries from Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia. The works presented at the 2015 Art Basel show encompass most mediums of Modern and contemporary art imaginable from sculpture and painting to videos to performance art by both well-known and newly emerging artists.

 

Over 90,000 art lovers—collectors, gallerists, artists, curators, and simple art enthusiasts—from across the globe attend Art Basel each year. The attendance and the involvement of buyers has been crescendoing recently as the arts become more prevalent in the public’s eye. Founded in 1970 by a few gallerists in Basel, the show has increased its attendance from 16,300 people in its initial show to almost 100,000 people estimated for this year. Basel is not the only location for this sophisticated “arts fair” either, which also takes place in Miami Beach in December ( site de rencontre) and Hong Kong in March.

Described as the “Olympics of the Art World,” Art Basel has figured out the formula for an art show: find and provide the platform for excellent art and let it speak for itself. Each work of art has a unique effect on every individual. We are all idiosyncratic with distinctive perspectives stemming from our own experiences in life, and the discernment we all have for art is just as original as the art itself. With Art Basel, the collection of art of over 4,000 artists from these hundreds of galleries drives the success of this “arts affair.”

 

Already at the incipient of this year’s showing, Leonardo DiCaprio has shown his man-bun and museum and private collectors have been seen in full force. (artnews.com)

 

Among the attendees for the Miami Beach Art Basel in 2014, were our very own Susan Tinney and Sarah Wilson, who hope to some day make the trek to Basel for the experience of a lifetime.