From Carole to Oli at Hatch Kingdom in Berlin.
re:WORKS, our most recent exhibition, opened on Friday, March 22, with a very well attended reception, complete with live music. The exhibition includes works from St. Lawrence University’s permanent collection and “reworks” by students in Melissa Schulenberg’s art and art history spring 2012 senior-year experience (SYE) class. Each student selected from two to six art objects from the collection and then created new works based on those selections.
Each of the students gave a short talk about his or her work and described how art work from the University’s collection provided inspiration for the final project. The students in the exhibition are Mike Cianca, Alex Duane, Evan Haynes, Alli Howe, Courtney Kuno, Olivia McManus, and Lindsay Tarolli. I hope to put up some installation shots soon.
Students from The Annex Performing Arts Theme House (just across the street) provided music, and added so much to the reception’s lively atmosphere.
Artist Daniel Heyman made the trip to Canton from Philadelphia, PA, earlier this week, visiting campus in conjunction with the Bearing Witness exhibition, which features his gouache paintings and prints (including a huge etching on multiple pieces of plywood).
While here, he gave a very moving artist’s lecture, met with students and members from the local community, and also taught Japanese wood block printing to Melissa Schulenberg’s beginning printmaking class. And he made a lithograph with Melissa, too! All this in just 2 1/2 action-packed days.
I really enjoyed getting to know Daniel — and his snappy sense of humor!
We are pleased to introduce North of Sixty, the gallery’s new Drupal-based digital image collection of Canadian Inuit prints and drawings. Drupal is an open-source content management system that is highly customizable and in this instance able to incorporate resources and contextualize information to enhance viewers’ understanding and appreciation of works of art. Eric Williams-Bergen, SLU science librarian and expert in all things digital, has been crucial in establishing a workflow for digital image collections and has created this Drupal site with its dynamic display of images, ease of use, and enhanced display capabilities.
Cathy developed the idea for this online collection as a result of her longstanding interest in Inuit art and two trips to Nunavut in 2000 and 2004. Since the early 1990s, the gallery has been exhibiting and collecting Inuit art, and the creation of an online database for teaching and research can provide the campus community with quick access to this rich resource. With SLU programs in Canadian Studies and Environmental Studies, the Inuit art collection can be used to discuss nature, town and camp life, spirituality and religion, and other topics.
The digital collection has been several months in the making, with digital photography and cataloguing taking place during the 2009-2010 academic year.
As part of the process, Carole set up the gallery as a photography studio. She and Arline Wolfe, who has assisted with numerous digital projects for the gallery, worked together on the post-processing of images, including renaming and cropping image files, color correcting, and other tasks. Arline uploaded and catalogued the images, adding metadata in CONTENTdm, a database program used by many academic libraries, galleries, and archives. In addition, the Brush Gallery was one of the first institutions to contribute a significant body of Inuit prints and drawings to ARTstor, an international digital image library that provides resources for the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. Cathy and Carole also compiled the new site’s art bibliography with additional links to other online resources.
Kudos to Cathy and Eric for making this amazing collection possible!
- Carole Mathey and Arline Wolfe
Look what appeared in our local paper this week. Pay it forward!
I purchased Paula Fenwick’s Ocean Nestbird from the ELEMENTALS Birds exhibition at SLU, though “purchase” isn’t really the right term here. Of the nearly 40 artists who participated in the ELEMENTALS project, a good percentage of them decided to offer their work for sale in exchange for doing something to generate good will or feelings of positivity, such as donating a nice meal to a local charity. That was the way the two exhibition organizers, Inga and Andy Hamilton, had set up the show—for artists’ works to generate good will and positivity.
Paula had indicated that her three birds were “US $56 each, or $32 if the buyer agrees to buy and give a total stranger a bunch of flowers, or $0 if buyer verbally agrees to a random act of kindness.” So, I cogitated for a while. I didn’t necessarily want to buy the artwork outright, because something about this show asked visitors to re-think their relationship to the world around them. (Hmmm. Crazy how art can do that, isn’t it?)
Therefore, as I continued to think it through, I wondered, at $32, how will I choose “the right” perfect stranger? At $0, what qualifies as an act of kindness?
And then, my random act of kindness appeared right in front of me. I didn’t have to go find it. It found me.
Yesterday, I went to the local food mart to buy a few items. In the checkout lane, a guy and his teen-aged daughter were going through the usual routine. In this case, however, the guy’s debit card wasn’t working. He tried four times and held it together pretty well. (I’ve been in that situation before, and it stinks!) He tried it again as a credit card with no luck. He tried three times more putting a plastic bag around it, now running it up to eight times through, and nothing. He rubbed it on his jacket. I rubbed it on mine. It wasn’t working.
Well, you can guess what happened next. I paid for his groceries. I told him and his daughter about the art exhibition and that I was trying to figure out what to do to perform a random act of kindness. I don’t think they really cared about the whole back story, which is fine. Maybe this debit card thing had happened before. All I know is when I said I would cover the bill, the two of them just melted with relief. It was pretty sweet.
The other part of it is that I used to go food shopping with my dad after my mom left our family when I was 14. He and I (and my two sisters) were sort of on the edge, I think, trying to make sense of how to proceed without her. I remember making a shopping list every week: ham with pineapple slices, cheez-pixies, orange soda, bread and sliced meat for lunches, etc….
Anyway, yesterday, according to the grocery receipt, the guy and his daughter bought a BC CAKE ($1.19), 80% GROUND B ($10.97), JMBO BNLS CH ($8.96), TOP RND LOND ($7.48), and two BCN WRPD BF FILETs ($2.00 each). It came to around $32.00.
I hope Paula, Inga, and Andy will be happy to hear this story.
The transformative power of art!
Hatch Kingdom | Stickerkitty
International Sticker Exhibition
Fresh Paint – Peint Frais
Hatch Kingdom, the only sticker museum in the world, has collaborated with Catherine Tedford, a.k.a. Stickerkitty, to present an exhibition of street art stickers and photographs from Berlin and New York City, with additional pieces from cities across Europe and North America. As part of a larger exhibition entitled Edition III, which includes work by contemporary muralists, graffiti artists, photographers, and others, the international sticker exhibition will be on display at Fresh Paint Gallery, Montréal, Québec, from December 2, 2011, through January 29, 2011.
Founded by Oliver Baudach in 2008, Hatch Kingdom began as a small gallery space in Berlin’s alternative Friedrichsain district to serve as a platform for stickers, sticker artists, skateboard fans, and collectors. An expanded Hatch HQ is now located in central Mitte, with two gallery spaces devoted to Oli’s ever-growing sticker collection, now numbering well over 25,000 stickers, and one gallery for rotating exhibitions by young urban street artists.
Catherine directs St. Lawrence University’s art gallery in Canton, NY, and has been actively collecting stickers since 2003, having now collected over 6,000 original stickers by hand, primarily from Berlin and NYC, with stickers also from Hamburg, Munich, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cambridge (MA), Ottawa, Toronto, Amsterdam, Budapest, and other cities in western and central Europe. Part of the collection is being digitized and can be found at SLU’s gallery Web site. Catherine has presented papers at academic conferences for the College Art Association, the Visual Resources Association, and the International Arts in Society; in 2012, she will present a paper entitled “WTF. It’s Only a Sticker” at the annual CAA conference in Los Angeles. Check her Stickerkitty blog for more information.
The exhibition at Fresh Paint also includes six original drawings and collages from “Oversized and Underpriced,” a project initiated by Oliver Baudach in which artworks on oversized sticker printouts are sold at low prices with proceeds to benefit Skateistan, a skateboarding school in Kabul, Afghanistan, for young boys and girls.
In addition to art, music, and tagging stickers, political stickers in the exhibition from Germany and the U.S. focus on anti-authority, anti-capitalism, post-9/11 surveillance measures, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the 2008 US Presidential election, the environment, oil consumption, and the economy. Examples of these were included in a recent gallery exhibition at St. Lawrence in 2010, which was based in part on a summer research grant from the Center for International and Intercultural Studies in which three students and an alumnus traveled to Berlin and Munich to study street art.
Cathy is showing part of her sticker collection, including additional stickers from the Hatch Kingdom, in Montréal at an amazing gallery (Fresh Paint/Peint Frais) that focuses on street art, graffiti, and other urban endeavors. More details to come, but I thought I should post some photographs of the installation.
Amy Hauber’s sculpture class has been creating oversized bird forms from the templates that Inga and Andy provided as part of the ELEMENTALS Birds project. Yesterday, the students presented their work on the SLU quad and around campus. The snow only showed up later in the afternoon, thankfully!
More photos and information can be found on the SLU ELEMENTALS Birds page on Facebook. Thanks to Peter Quigley for taking such great photographs.