Calling all Iron Artists, Los Cuatro Ases at Casket, Being Bould-er, Instinct, GLOWaBOUT, and More Blog Voices!
Posted on 02 April 2012
“Get them to sing your song,,, and they will want to know who you are.” ~Roy Orbison to Harry Belefonte (from http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/12061)
Some Sculpture Park Scoop: Sophie flew from London to MN and hopes her internal time clock gets adjusted, Liz arrived and started sorting house stuff out right away, Robin made some tasty pizza full of foraged goodness, Russ came for a visit (Bobby’s brother) and played us some trombone tunes, Carissa was doing double takes on account of our visitor, I am preparing my sculpture for overhead cables and did some painting, Jesse came from Colorado and got all his tools settled in, the cooking schedule is up and running, the sun came out on Sunday (finally!), I can’t wait to see what the new sculptors start creating, and so so so SO much more!
Franconia Sculpture Park is now accepting applications for our 2012 iron artists. Deadline is April 16th.
Los Cuatro Ases -Sculpture and Paintings by Four Local Latino Artists. On April 7, 2012, Latino visual arts group Grupo Soap del Corazón will open the 12th year of its exhibitions with a show at the new Franconia in the City @ Casket Gallery in Northeast Minneapolis. “Los Cuatro Ases” (The Four Aces) will feature two- and three-dimensional art by four well known international artists: Alonso Sierralta (Chile), Peter Martín Morales (Guatemala), Douglas Padilla (Minnesota), and Xavier Tavera (Mexico). For the show Padilla, who is primarily a painter, and Tavera, who is primarily a photographer, will join Morales and Sierralta, both primarily sculptors, in creating two- and three-dimensional art. Come join us in Minneapolis for the opening April 7 from 7-10 pm.
Being Bould..er- This boulder is making its way … it has taken five years of planning and “about a million permits.” What lengths would you go to to finish a project? Have you had any feats five years in the making? In order to stay focused and see a large project to completion it better be something you REALLY want to do. Are you in the middle of creating an artwork and it is taking a long time? Are people wondering… “are you done yet?”
Art Making Under Instinct. What is instinct and are artists really under it when they make art? Instinct is defined as a powerful impulse that feels natural rather than reasoned. It also describes innate animal behavior- like sea turtles being born and swimming toward a sea they’ve never seen. There have been many books written about this subject. Most of them go into the ideas of instinct, reason and intuition. If I over think, over reason or overdo when I am building sculpture something usually ends up looking very contrived. I often create parts of my sculpture without over thinking. Then after I’m done, I stand back and look at the sculpture as a whole… and ask myself, “yes ,,,or,,, no?” If the answer is yes, I leave it. If it is no, I cut it off or move the piece I’ve made. Thinking of the whole sculpture from multiple angles is too much. Do you ever let the larger picture go for the sake of the larger picture?
aRe Verse- The first poem is mine and the second is from the artist Jesse Bercowetz.
GLOWaBOUT all night long June 9th-10th! This free event is going to be so much fun. Carissa Sameniego (Franconia Education Coordinator) and I are bringing back this event to Loring Park. The night begins with fortress building in the heart of Minneapolis with teams glow yellow and glow blue. After the encampments are nailed, hammered, and spray painted, get ready for a wild ceremony and processional with lots of garbage-can lid drums and homemade instruments. Then, let the games begin! Teams will take the field in Loring Park and play several rounds of Capture the Glowing Orb. Don’t know how to play? No problem—we will teach you. If you need to catch your breath between rounds or if you have come to cheer on participants, we provide the perfect place to hang out near our barrel bonfires… more info at http://2012.northernspark.org/project/beck-samaniego. A couple photos from last year are below. See you there!
More Voices on the Blog Coming Soon- Along with my photos and take on the sculpture park, you will soon get to hear more voices from Franconia. With the new redesign of the website (grand unveiling in approx. a month) there will be a live feed on the bottom of the home page for the newest blog postings so that web viewers can stay more connected to what is happening at the park. If you want to see a sneak peak of the newly redesigned website by Twin Cities EE during the The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge just click here.
“Man is but a reed, the weakest in nature. But he is a thinking reed.” ~Pascal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaise_Pascal)
Thanks for reading! See you at the park. Amy Toscani (http://franconia.org/artistpages/toscani/index.html) is having a sculpture opening at the Soo Gallary April 7th at 6-9pm. So, you should add that to your list of things to do this Saturday.
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