Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one.
German philosopher (1844 - 1900)
I send my personal apology for 1708's sidestepping art of the heavy, “deep” and moribund variety. Doing so, in Jillian McDonald’s show this February, has clearly unsettled Becky Shields’ tastes. She writes, “If I see one more hipster kid….I’ll scream.” Her nerves may be worn thin by irony, but while reading her review, I found it drenched with the thing that she claims to decry. As it stands, her review could have stopped after the first sentence. “If you’re into irony, you’ll love “Fanatic,” New York artist Jillian Mcdonald’s solo extravaganza of postmodern video, multimedia installations and photography at 1708 Gallery.”
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
"With this as a starting point, I want to construct a body of work that comforts, provokes, and celebrates whimsy. My thesis project has developed into a laterally expanding and constantly readjusting way of moving through and responding to my environment. Making has become my central tool for exploration. I believe that making is a radical act; it provides a thoughtful way of sifting through and playing in the world around us. Furthermore, I think that gallery and display spaces should take an active role in fostering this attitude. It is important that the processes of making, connecting, and questioning continue after the initial installation of an art show. Galleries can function as community centers -- places of constructive dialog and skill sharing."
"I look to process-based works and drawing to suggest conceptual themes in visual and tactile ways. This approach spurs my interest in edifice and materiality—I want to make the constructedness of my work apparent and relatable. It is important for me to build layers, to assemble pieces into a whole in much the same way that individuals come together in a community. Craft, feminism, radical politics, independent music and “do it yourself” ethics are some of the diverse elements that inform my aesthetic choices and methods. I delight in repetitive patterns, 1960's and 70's textile designs, and flat fields of color. In addition, I draw inspiration from children’s narratives and illustrators like Maurice Sendak, allowing me to work within imagined worlds. In these places, I can communicate my real-world ideals and questions with the subtlety and the open-endedness of imagination."
Patrick John Costello is earning his BFA at University of Virginia and works in a variety of mediums, including printmaking, fibers and sculpture.
Above: "Synapse" glass, 2007
The true essence of God, or if there is no god, the truth of this life, this existence is not conceivable to the human mind. Ho human can know the truth, one can have faith, but no once can have ultimate truth. What if there was a way to know, to answer the unanswerable question of life? What if the answer was as close (or as far away) as the end of a simple number? A number with no consecutive pattern, no feasible ending. An infinite number, Pi. If one was to fid this ending, could it hold the answer? One can only wonder.
Katie Laub is an undergraduate artist in VCU Arts Department of Craft and Material Studies.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Hank West - Undergraduate class of 2010
“Making Waves”- W. Hank West 2006
Three images of my muddling with water
These three images (on display in the Capital One Exhibition) are based in the idea of exerting control in a virtual space. Through digital image manipulation, I place micro-worlds in my hands and insert my influence over them. While they are a little on the megalomaniacal side, I enjoyed working with these ideas and images.
“Pneumatiphonic Drum Piano” - W. Hank West, 2007.
This project exists somewhere between video documentation, sculpture and music. Constructed from materials predominately acquired from hardware stores, this percussion instrument is fueled by pressurized air and handmade pistons striking small drums and other assorted items. By nature of its name and construction, “Pneumatiphonic Drum Piano” is an exercise in overt complexity to facilitate simple input and output.
My desire to explore sound through an instrument constructed from common hardware materials stems from my experience with pneumatics while working on a robotics team in high school and my combined training with electronic keyboard and percussion. This project would not be possible without the support and influence of my parents, professor Jermey Drummond, professor Mark Rhodes, Phil Hayes, my high school physics teacher Timothy Couillard and all my past music teachers.
Pneumatiphonic Piano Drum
"I find adaptation through mutation necessary and beautiful. I apply mutations to my work and exaggerate certain features to the point of uselessness and absurdity. The object changes from something familiar to a more responsive and strengthened form. My newer work contains the familiar aspects of a house, the shingles and bricks and wooden planks, but they are no longer useful as a dwelling."
Lucy Marion is an undergraduate artist from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.
She is from the Department of Craft and Material Studies, and was nominated by her department chair Sonya Clark to be part of this year's 1708 Gallery Invitational Forum.
Ashley Kistler from Richmond's Visual Art Center was our guest critic and moderator for this Forum and was just fantastic, giving the students valuable feedback about their work and about their presentations. Thank you so much, Ashley!
I will be posting images of the nominated student's artworks and their artist statements beginning today, keep an eye out for some truly inspired and inspiring posts.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Feb 1st, 2008 - March 1st, 2008
Step into the world of a true Fanatic this February with Jillian McDonald's video, prints, installation, and live interactive performance. Jillian is fixated on the human obsession with horror film genres, the female role in cinema, and celebrities - turning intimate and horrifying moments into satirical drama. This exhibition will highlight the artist's work from the past five years, which Jillian suggests is best described as "culture-jamming."
The opening for FANATIC was incredible ... so many new faces and especially so many viewers engaged in the work ...
See Jillian's blog for more info and images of the exhibition ...
Diana Cavanaugh (right) with Worn Gallery assisted by her husband Derek Cavanaugh and friend Cara Frye
... And needless to say the TATTOO performance by Jillian was a huge hit!!!
Jillian gave tattoos for 2 1/2 hours ... wow, one-on-one consultations from the artist ... and free body art to-go ... And the artist never stops smiling!!!
Don Crow consults with Jillian on tattoo placement ...
Jillian and Amie Oliver both agree - a beautiful display of celebrity fanaticism ...
Ahhh ... now its Don's turn ...
What a great time we all had ... and it was all about
the love and the art.
Jillian is the best artist to work with ever!!!
See more blurbs at Rhizome at the New Museum of Contemporary Art
AND SEE THE TATTOO IMAGES FROM THE 1708GALLERY RICHMOND EVENT AT JILLIAN'S FAN TATTOO SITE AT: http://www.meandbillybob.com/temptattoo.html
And if you wish you were there you can order a free do-it-yourself tattoo ...
And see all of Jillian's Billy Bob obsessions at http://meandbillybob.com/
And see her deliberate use of jealousy in - Screen Kiss - at http://jillianmcdonald.net/projects/screenkissinfo.html
And other info at http://jillianmcdonald.net/
And see it all in person at:
319 W. Broad Street
February 1st - March 1st, 2008