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“ELEMENTALS Birds” is a very special experiment to see if artists, printmakers, and craftspeople can physically embody feelings of peace, harmony, and goodwill in their artwork and tangibly affect the environment in which it is shown.  By definition, elementals traditionally are thoughts that once created become attached to their creator and are fed by further thoughts and actions.  They’re often referred to as an air of positivity or negativity; confidence or lack thereof; peace or disharmony.

Inga and Andy Hamilton will be on campus for three weeks to create site-specific installations at the gallery that unfold over time and flow with good intention to all those who encounter their work.  The artists also invite students, faculty, staff, and community members to create their own elemental birds to be placed around campus and town.

Come see what happens when artists (and you!) are given permission to explore new avenues in unexpected and magical ways.  You can chat with the all of the participating artists on Facebook and see pix of their work by searching for Elementals Birds.

Artists’ Bios
Installation artist Inga Hamilton works in the Venn diagram intersection where craft, art, science, mathematics, and activism meet.  Her textiles are currently showing in Dubh, dialogues in black, at the American Irish Historical Society in New York City, a showcase of leading artists and craftspeople from Ireland and the United States.

You’re just as likely to find the work of printmaker, digital illustrator, and urban artist Andy Hamilton (a.k.a. MyTarPit) hanging in the likes of Nintendo’s head office, slid amongst the volumes in a bookstore, or pinned to the back of a stop sign.  His obsession with mark-making and character design spurs him on to develop groundbreaking print techniques with an old-school twist.

Known equally for their guerrilla art activities and gallery installations, Inga and Andy have presented their work throughout the United States and Europe in exhibitions, public art projects, live paints, workshops, and residencies.

Please join us!  Inga and Andy have created templates so that everyone can contribute to the project.

fat bottomed owl elemental 01
fat bottomed owl elemental 02

joe crow elemental 1
joe crow elemental 2

squirch elemental 1

yaffle elemental 1
yaffle elemental 2
yaffle elemental 3


This morning, I worked with about 10 students to bind journals using a simple Japanese stab binding.  The workshop was a benefit for  Literacy for Nepal, a group created by two SLU students to support education in rural Nepal.

We met in the Sullivan Student Center and finished our journals in just under an hour, which must be something of a record!

I forgot to bring my camera, so these photos are from my phone and not exactly the best quality.

Artist's Talk

In conjunction with the Re-framing Terrorism exhibition, artist Wafaa Bilal will give a lecture in Griffiths 123 on Thursday, October 6, at 7:00 p.m.

More information about Bilal can be found at

Jane Becker (center) led a gallery discussion on September 11, in conjunction with the exhibition Re-framing Terrorism, which she organized for the Gallery.  Her talk was very well attended (especially for a day busy with so many commemorations).  It was interesting to learn about the background for the works of art and how contemporary artists have responded to the events of September 11.

Artist Wafaa Bilal will visit campus to meet with classes and to give a lecture  on Thursday, October 6.

flags on the SLU quad commemorate 9/11


Our globe-trotting sticker ninja, Spencer Homick ’06, sent a link to a hilarious video skit about Julian Assange played by David Rees called Terrible Houseguest.  We’ve had David come to SLU on two occasions, and both were some of the best presentations we’ve seen.  David’s work is difficult to classify, evidenced by two project titles, “My New Filing Technique is Unstoppable” and “Get Your War On.”  The GYWO series is/was a brilliant response to the events taking place after 9/11.  I say is/was b/c David has been doing some new cartoons in the GYWO series, from what I’ve heard.

The gallery got in a little trouble after producing an exhibition card for a GYWO mini-exhibition (presented alongside work by NY Times photographer Tyler Hicks, who was recently held captive on assignment in Libya but today released).  Trouble on one level (with donors), but the SLU president at the time was very supportive of free speech in academia.

If you haven’t seen the GYWO books, pick them up.  (Sorry for the crazy thumbnail….)

Cathy Shrady’s Outdoor Studies class came to the gallery last week to bind journals.  They’ll use the journals to record their responses to readings for the class as well as observations in the field — weather and the like, from what I remember.

The group was fun to work with, and I think everyone had a good time — and made really lovely journals!  The Inuit print exhibition provided an appropriately nature-inspired atmosphere for the workshop.

Last week, students from Clifton-Fine Central School visited the Gallery with their teacher Rebecca Milone.   Using toys from the Picto This! exhibition as their models, the students made quick sketches in the Gallery.

And there was even a rainbow of sorts!

In conjunction with the Picto This! exhibition, artist Motomichi Nakamura came to campus last week for two days, during which he made a bunch of monoprints in the print studio with the help of Melissa Schulenberg, gave a lecture describing his artwork and creative processes, and conducted a workshop about character design.

He hadn’t made monoprints before, and I think he enjoyed working in a new medium.

Carole and I always say that the fall semesters begin binding journals with students from the ADK program.  These folks will be living in yurts until Thanksgiving, offline, in the wilderness on property at Massawepie about 50-60 miles south of SLU.  From Cathy Shrady:

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