Got to walk on the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi river north of downtown Saturday. It was about 30 degrees or so. Luckily, they had city buses on the bridge you could warm up in! Perhaps it was being so cold with kids in tow, but it looked a bit more beautiful while driving over it on Sunday. Glad we went- it will be iconic for STL and reminds me of the Santiago Calatrava’s Milwaukee Art Museum, my favorite architecture. I think his words about the Milwaukee Art Museum, “I hope that… we have designed not a building, but a piece of the city” hold true. When we lived in Northern Illinois, the museum was a highlight of our weekend getaways- both for the shows they hosted (Quilts of Gee’s Bend, John Currin, Andrea Zittel…) and the building itself.
The Teachers for Tappmeyer’s (T4T) next project is coming up in March:
“Art Embraces World and Local History in 1880s Homestead”
The Tappmeyer House will be the setting for a unique interpretation of local and world history. Part of the Teachers forTappmeyer (T4T) initiative; The Creve Coeur Arts Commission,Tappmeyer Foundation, and Maryville University’s Art & Design Programs will be working together to enliven the TappmeyerHouse in Millenium Park at 2 Barnes W Dr, Creve Coeur, MO 63141. The exhibition will be open to the public on Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 1 to 4 pm. A representative from Maryville University will be on site to discuss portfolios with interested students during the opening. A docent will be available during the opening to educate the public about the venue. John Baltrushunas, Maryville University’s design professor and gallery director, explains the exhibition’s “theme will be the intersection of the Tappmeyer family, the history of the area and world history. Our freshmen students will be researching the visual imagery of those eras. They will create sculptures that discuss the intersection of the local and the global. Each piece will relate to the Tappmeyer House, the family that lived there and the development of Creve Coeur. This is a wonderful opportunity to work on an ensemble installation in a historic site.” Jessica Witte, Creve Coeur Arts Commission Member, stated the venue’s “character will be a challenge and an asset to the artists involved. I also hope other art students (of any age) learn more about the process of applying to a university art and design program with an artwork portfolio and learn about the scholarships offered.” The show will remain available through Saturday, March 29 for group tours by appointment at 314-872-2570.
Returning to posting after a hiatus due to health and family. I’ll now be including more advocacy for cycling, special needs, and giving the inside scoop about the Creve Coeur Arts Commission, which I help found once I moved to the St. Louis region. Please note: ”the opinions expressed here are [mine, my] blog is not affiliated with the city,…is not an official form of city communication/not sanctioned by city.” (and done.)
Last month, I attended the opening for Without Boundaries: Transformations in American Craft , curated by Lynn Friedman Hamilton at Craft Alliance Delmar. The show continues until October 21. The premise of the show- selecting artists who were featured in an American Craft Museum (now the Museum of Arts and Design) exhibition 25 years ago whose working methods have changed- is brilliant. The accompanying catalog is worth grabbing as well. My only wish is that the actual works from the 1986 exhibition could be physically instead of photographically displayed in a larger gallery setting. The works seemed to sing in the catalog, but not as much in the space (but it was also an opening with a good crowd).
When preparing for my artist talk, it was educational to see revisit old works and follow the thread of an idea. My work cycles back to themes of time and flux, regardless of media. It will be interesting to see what the next years bring.
My artist lecture and outdoor seed drawing workshop ran like clockwork. Thanks to Jen and B for the feedback on the practice runs. I had several contingency plans for technology so I was able to show a time-lapse video of the process of drawing and then a basic slide show of previous related works. I returned to a classroom I taught in, and was lucky enough to see a former student in the audience.
On Thursday, the weather was balmy with a soft, cool breeze, and the site for the workshop was in the shade. Students immediately began drawing some interesting designs in seed outside the cafeteria windows. After working on their own contributions to the drawing- the last half hour was spent working to frame them all together into a singular drawing. Their work caught the eye of many passersby and caused some gasps and groans when it had to be swept up after a few hours in existence. I was hoping the students would have the opportunity to see the work disintegrate from birds and squirrels taking an interest as well- but not this time.
Special thanks to Wynette Edwards for emailing photos from the workshop.
I will visit the Sugar Grove Campus ( Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive) of Waubonsee Community College for an artist’s talk at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in room 201 of Von Ohlen Hall.
Here’s a short article on Waubonsee’s website about the Sun and Gravity installation.
I spent the day in Grand Center- Highlight reel: The Sheldon Art Galleries had a whole buildings worth of goodies- I was really pleased with the winners of the Critical Mass Creative Stimulus money—Sarrita Hunn, Elysia Mann and B.J. Vogt were deserving candidates. I really fell for Elysia Mann’s work. The deft incorporation of text made me swoon and think of brilliant writer friends. The recto verso series was a minimalist version of the uncanny Robert Heinecken photograms that I saw at Chicago’s MCA. As a previous grad assistant in Rare Books and Special Collections at NIU, I really loved the texture of Mann’s pages and the richness of the surface. My son loved the Sarrita Hunn projection- my only beef is that the duration of the video was not posted. (Nice jurying there- Good Citizen!) We were lucky enough to happen upon Odell Mitchell, Jr. speaking with his retrospective. I would have stayed much longer had a hungry two-year old not been in tow. Odell, thanks being so generous with your time and talent.
The Pulitzer’s In The Still Epiphany was much more than I was expecting from some reviews of friends. I was delighted by the play of objects and space from the curator Gedi Sibony - and as always, blown away by range and depth of the Pulitzer’s collection.
Sun and Gravity is on view at Waubonsee Community College’s Dickson Window Project Space in Sugar Grove, IL until Oct 12. I’ll be assembling my lecture materials to be able to give an artist talk on Thursday, Sept 6 at noon. We are still in the process of negotiations for the workshop that will be available for enrolled students at the college after the artist talk.
The last day of install went well- but cleaning up and loading took longer than anticipated (I thought I would be back on the road early). Today I was really pleased to see the reflections of the Dickson Window space interacting with the drawing. I wanted to be sure I took advantage of the unique space provided by this opportunity. The three walls of glass, and the glass roof on the space inspired me to take full advantage of the natural lighting. The newsprint under the seed drawing should yellow with time. Once the lace drawing is etched by the sun into the newsprint, I plan on exhibiting the drawing once in a protected site- and then showing it again outdoors- so the drawing will disappear again. Depending on the time of day, the work expands outside the space in reflections. Coming down the staircase from the second floor, the late morning light reflects the floor up like a projection off the slanted glass roof. The installation is dedicated to my mother, Patricia Haverman as a thank you for her faith in my work.
Lots of sunscreen and snacks later, and the drawing is close to being completed. I had to leave a strip along the opposite wall to be able to hang a new poster. I was sure to integrate the water spigot into the drawing, both by making the floral patterns based on the spigot handle and a big floral design centered on its placement.