Blog Season, Mad Max, Real Life, Trusting Words, and Poetry Studio Details
Posted on 26 March 2012
“If the track is tough and the hill is rough, THINKING you can just ain’t enough!” ~ Shel Silverstein
Some Sculpture Park Scoop- New artists are arriving at Franconia April 1st! including Nam Le and Liz Helfer who will be joining the amazing staff up at Franconia, a big welcome to Mindy Breva who has also joined the Franconia team a few weeks ago, it is blog season again!, Jerome FSP Fellowship artist Aaron Dysart found a tree to suit his sculpture come June, Clive Murphy (also a 2012 Jerome FSP Fellowship artist) came up to the park and was talking about mist… the anti-steel sculpture, I added some balcony panels and started un an upper recessed chair, Carissa and Robin and Loretta were up all night with some website experts (http://www.facebook.com/#!/overnightwebsitechallenge) getting Franconia’s website a whole new feel, and I can’t wait to see what the new artists will be up to… stay tuned for that and so so SO much more!
Mad Maxed- If someone told you that your sculpture looks a tad Mad Max what does that mean? Mad Max was a film series from the late 70’s and early 80’s. It was a dystopian action film that “tells a story breakdown of society, love, and revenge “ (see Wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_Max). Wow. So, first of all dystopian is defined as- an imaginary place where everything is as bad as it possibly can be. But then, to have a story of love and revenge inside of that sort of setting is … interesting? Crazy? Possible? Watchable? Intense? Would you want to tell a story inside of “an imaginary place… as bad as it possibly can be?” I think the key here is that an imaginary place is not a real place to begin with so holding a story line in a place that is strictly confined to the imagination is pretty interesting. The opposite of dystopian is utopian. Utopian is defined as- belonging to or characteristic of an ideal perfect state or place. If you told a story of love and revenge inside of an ideal and perfect place- how is that different? How would that look in comparison? What would you prefer to watch/write/read or dance to? And,,, is chaos always dystopian?
Real Life Artists- I met a visitor this weekend and we talked a little bit about what I was making. He had brought his grandson up to the sculpture park. In the middle of this conversation he says, “I’m not that artistic… but I’d like to start some kind of sculpture myself.” I came across this article awhile ago and I think it’s worth a read if you have ever thought about making art and then told yourself … well I’m not an artist. Have you ever said that to yourself? The article speaks to the extension of the arts “… it’s only recently—in the last century or so—that anyone acknowledged creativity extending beyond the arts. The Victorians applied the term primarily to painting; the ancient Greeks, to poetry. For all we know, future generations may consider our own parameters equally quaint. In the decade since advances in imaging technology have allowed researchers to precisely track the way our brains process creative tasks, it’s become clear, for example, that we were mistaken in thinking creativity resides in a single area of the brain. Brain scans of people engaged in different types of creative tasks—visual and verbal problem-solving, artistic performance involving music—reveal that many brain areas are involved. Moreover, domains such as the arts, science, and leadership appear to harness various types of creativity, each drawing on different sets of mental abilities. ‘It’s a very optimistic finding,’ says Oshin Vartanian, PhD, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Toronto, ‘because we now see that creativity can be exhibited in many different ways’.” What untraditional exhibitions of artistic spirit have you been a part of recently?
Placing Poetry: a studio in sculpture- Every poet needs a brightly colored multi-ton poetry studio sculpture to write poetry in. Right? My newest interactive sculpture will debut on June 23rd at Franconia Sculpture Park from 3:30pm to 5pm with the help of a group of very talented poets and you. I’ll remind you again … because I hope to see you there! I will be working on finishing it furiously. It already has the makings of a bench swing, elevated writing studio, umbrella roof system, winding staircase, and escape hatch. The visiting public will be able to create poetry during a poetry workshop held beforehand and possibly be selected to read their poem alongside these established poets, including Heid E. Erdrich, Wang Ping, Dobby Gibson and Ashley David, during our exciting event Placing Poetry: a studio in sculpture. Franconia Sculpture Park will hold poetry workshops before the main event from 2:30pm until 3:30pm lead by visiting poets. The workshops will use colorful origami paper and magnets and use my entire sculpture as a studio/tabletop. The visiting public will arrange words and use magnets to affix them to the sculpture. They might also walk around the park and draw inspiration from the other sculptures for their poems. Of the poems created at the workshops, ten will be selected and read through the amplification system (by the public) at the Celebration and Reading following the workshop. Mark you calendar for June 23rd!
-aRe Verse- For those of you new to the blog. This section is all about sculptor poems and I’d love to hear from you! I was talking to Aaron Dysart this past weekend and he isn’t much for poetry. He doesn’t trust words. Do you? What do you trust (http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Have-Trust-Issues/920346)? Does a poem have to seem familiar in order for you to put your arm around it? Has there ever been a time where you liked something that you didn’t much understand? Or is understanding implicit to trust? The definition of implicit is- present as a necessary part of something. The first poem is from Jesse Bercowetz- thank you Jesse! The second poem is mine.
Thanks for reading! I am so happy to be back building outside. March weather- woah. So many people came out to the park this weekend. Were you one of them? I hope to see you at Franconia soon. I was out on the ice for the Art Shanty Project this winter. We made a Giant sit and Spin Shanty. I included some pictures for you to check out. And, GLOWaBOUT is well underway. More on this in my next blog entry. Clear the night of June 9thand see you in Loring Park. Plus, there is going to be a great show at Casket on April 7th called Los Cuatro Ases. For details click here- http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/377657778931252/!