A pretty great video about how to visit an art museum and get the most out of it.
THE ART ASSIGNMENT #7: WHAT, HOW, WHERE
Well, my task was to write a poem under a table with tape & this is my interpretation of it.
(Note to future self: lying under a table taping letters under a table for hours hurts a lot. Take care.)
If you honestly want to
understand others better
and are truly convinced
to be more sympathetic,
it might help you
-in any matter-
to look at things
from another perspective.Art Assignment #5:http://loving-you-seems-pointless.tumblr.com/post/85409567669/loving-you-seems-pointless-the-art-assignment
We’re going back to the basics this week with LA-based artist Robyn O’Neil’s lesson in the figure-ground relationship: Draw a Psychological Landscape.
Episode 6 INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Get a piece of paper and something to draw with.
2. Create a ground on your picture plane.
3. Populate the ground with figures and give them human-like characteristics.
4. Upload it using #theartassignment
5. Fame and glory. (Your work might be featured in an upcoming video.)
THE DAILY PIC: This is the trace of Marcel Duchamp’s heartbeat, recorded 48 years ago today by a doctor named Brian O’Doherty, better known by far as a critic and conceptual artist (often under the pseudonym Patrick Ireland, assumed in honor of his homeland’s struggles with England). The heartbeat is on display in a lovely little survey of some of O’Doherty’s output, shared between Simone Subal gallery in New York and a nearby gallery called “P!”
Duchamp’s EKG is one element in what went on to become O’Doherty’s 16-part “portrait” of the great Dada artist, which also includes a kinetic light sculpture that seems to reproduce the oscillograph trace of Duchamp’s heart actually beating. (That piece is also at Subal’s). And the composite portrait is evidence of a precariously balanced love-hate relationship that O’Doherty had with its subject – the relationship all ambitious artists have with their most important forerunner.
Duchamp once said that “after twenty years [artworks] are finished. Their life is over. They survive all right, because they are part of art history, and art history is not art. I don’t believe in preserving, I think as I said that a work of art dies.” In his portrait, O’Doherty self-consciously set out to prove Duchamp wrong, by making a piece that would keep the Frenchman’s presence and legacy – and heartbeat – “alive” wherever and whenever the portrait is shown. “I’ve made Duchamp live 250 years; It’s very cruel, but he deserved it,” O’Doherty told me after a talk that he gave at Subal’s. But of course O’Doherty’s cruelty is also a gesture of absolute homage, from O’Doherty to a genius – and a friend – upon whom he wished endless life.
It has often been said that a fine portrait confers as much immortality on its maker as on its sitter. But the question here is whether we are contemplating a portrait of Duchamp or by him – drawn in fact with each beat of his heart. We sometimes come across someone whom we bill as an artist through and through, in every fiber of their body, and maybe here we’re seeing Duchamp prove that he’s one. (Image – margins cropped for clarity – is courtesy the artist, P! and Simone Subal Gallery)
Interesting to think about in the context of The Art Assignment Episode 4: Never Seen, Never Will. A beating heart. In particular, the beating heart of one of the greatest artists.
So people did art stakeouts around the world. This whole video made me smile.
Never Seen, Never Will: The Art Assignment #4
"Today’s world is so supersaturated with images of things we’ll never actually see that we rarely pause to consider the strangeness and newness of it all." (Sarah wrote that, although I said it.)
You may already know Toyin Odutola from her excellent tumblr, but you haven’t received her most excellent Art Assignment just yet: Episode 3 – Toyin Odutola: Intimate, Indispensable GIF
1. Think of something intimate that is indispensable to you. (It doesn’t have to be a body part. It can be an object, place, memory, anything.)
2. Depict it in the form of a GIF. You don’t have to make drawings—you can use photographs, make a sculpture, or whatever you like.
3. Upload and share it online using whatever social media platforms you prefer, being sure to tag it with #theartassignment so we can find it.
4. Fame and glory. (Your response might be included in a future episode.)
Find and follow Toyin online: @obia_thethird, toyinodutola.com
and learn more about her work here: http://www.jackshainman.com/artists/toyin-odutola/
Toyin’s assignment is so great, and there have been so many wonderful responses, but I’m still struggling to make one of my own.
What is really indispensable but also intimate to me? It’s such a big and important question. Toyin’s answer is beautiful. I’m still thinking through mine.
In the third episode of The Art Assignment, artist Toyin Odutola prompts viewers to create a gif of something intimate and indispensable.
I wasn’t initially going to participate, but I was in the circuits lab early Friday morning to finish a project with my friends, and I eventually had the place to myself after they left for class. I was playing around with some optional stuff at the end of the lab and ended up building a sample-and-hold circuit. When I hooked it up to the oscilloscope, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it worked exactly as expected with little to no troubleshooting – and trust me, that’s a rare occurrence. I found the simplicity and beauty of the waveforms mesmerizing, so I recorded them.
The circuits lab is an intimate place to me because, as a future electrical engineer, I will spend a significant portion of my time as an undergraduate in this well-lit, well-equipped room. And for electrical engineers, nothing is more indispensable than an oscilloscope. This instrument is the best way for us to see what is happening in all those wires and components we’ve hacked together.
Without oscilloscopes, we are as good as blind. But with them, we become privy to secrets only electrons know.
The Art Assignment Ep. 3 - Intimate, indispensable GIF
When I heard the words ‘intimate and indispensable’ my mind immediately jumped to ‘wheelchair’. This is a GIF of my wheel spinning. I took video of myself doing all sorts of things and this made the best GIF out of the lot.
The indispensable part is pretty simple. I cannot move without my chair. I cannot walk more than 2 metres unaided and even then I feel considerable pain. My chair is a part of me. It is my legs. It is the very essence of my independence.
The intimate part is all that stuff I just told you about. I don’t tell that stuff to everyone (he says telling The Internet). My disability is a very personal thing. The struggles I face on a daily basis are something few people will ever understand. That’s OK. It is my choice to hide all of that behind smoke and mirrors. My chair is the symbol of those struggles. It is the reason they are kept largely invisible. It is the smoke and mirrors.
I love how this also references the movement and circularity of gifs.
Toyin’s Art Assignment is JUST AS GIF HAPPY AS YOU ARE, TUMBLR!
She wants you to create a GIF that depicts something intimate and indispensable to you. You can use drawing (as Toyin does) or painting or photographs or video or whatever you want, but that’s the assignment.
If you participate in the assignment, use the tag theartassignment so we see your stuff. Thanks to Toyin, who is a brilliant artist, for this excellent and tumblrtastic assignment.
Check out this STAKEOUT by Jeffrey Lanzini. Would you have taken the book?
So amazing to see all these art assignments coming in. New episode tomorrow and it’s a tumblriffic assignment.
Watch some early responses to The Art Assignment Episode 1: Meet in the Middle!
Thanks to all of you who have posted responses! These are not ALL of the responses, and we encourage you to continue meeting in the middle and posting your responses with #theartassignment. There are many more great ones than are excerpted here (!), and we encourage you to follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram to continue seeing interesting responses.
It is true. We have an Instagram: http://instagram.com/theartassignment
Look in the description of the video in Youtube to see a list of links to the videos included in the montage.
The Art Assignment inspires people around the world to meet in the middle. So many awesome videos and selfies!
My best friend Chris and I go to rather extreme lengths to meet in the middle for this week’s vlogbrothers video.
- Pick a friend.
- Determine the exact midpoint between the two of you. You can use http://geomidpoint.com to help you out.
- Agree to meet there at a certain time.
- Once making the agreement, don’t communicate until you meet in the middle!
- Document the meeting and share it if you want on YouTube, twitter, tumblr, whatever with the hashtag #theartassignment.
Join The Art Assignment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9lpMFPEj58
Thanks to my friend Chris for being in the video! You can follow him on twitter: https://twitter.com/wategi
A great Meet in the Middle to brighten your morning! Thank you Lauren and Kassie!
Beautiful. So many people have done Meet in the Middle (I’m editing mine right now), and they’re all great.
Almost everyone seems to experience a lot of anxiety around not being able to contact the person before meeting, but then from what I can tell (and have experienced) the joy of the actual meeting is much more intense, all the more so because the meeting is happening in some weird and semi-arbitrary place.