Art Assignment Incoming!

At long last, here’s the completion of my take on the Present Perimeter art assignment!  (If you are unfamiliar with the assignment, I’ve also linked to it at the bottom of this post, best to watch it first before diving into my response to it…)

When the assignment was, well, assigned (back in 2015, yikes!), I instantly knew I wanted to do something architectural and spatial with the prompt. Soon thereafter I met up with Betty from Articulations, and we set upon an idea.  I worked on it off and on over the next year, getting the design complete and then… it sat untouched until I finally got back to it this year to generate the views and the final presentation.  So long delayed, but here it is!

Out of the refined prompt Betty and I concocted, the resulting direction was to create a set of four pavilions, with each pavilion being comprised of an inhabitable sculpture comprised of all the basic forms/shapes of the assignment (1 hexagon, 3 half-hexagons, 3 rhombuses, 3 triangles).  These were then set inside of a reflecting pool that’s also derived from a combination of the basic shapes and all linked by a path comprising of combinations of the basic shapes (though not specifically using each one an exact number of times).  I used some philosophical musings to guide me in what the pavilions and whole assemblage was about, and the result was Presence, Reflection, Transformation, and Creation.  It’s best if it is not read too literally, but there is a sequence of ceremonial entry, quiet reflection, perilous traversing, and elevated overlook:

As they all have been — and I need to share more of my completed assignments, I’ve done about a dozen and a half of them — it was a fun assignment to play with!

Here’s the video below, and the series itself also spawned a book:  You Are an Artist

Wonder Wednesday

Oh how happy this Art Assignment makes me!

My favourite running joke for the past two decades has been to interject – in an absurd and usually non-sequitur way – “It’s made of meat.” And here we go! Books made out of meat. So perfect. I love it.

(Plus, the video has the great and completely understated line, “Meat is just like fingers.” The delight just keeps coming…)

Art Assignment Wednesday

While I didn’t attend VidCon this year, I did participate vicariously in the Art Assignment meetup by doing another Surface Test.  Since I’d done actual surfaces during my first time doing the assignment, I thought I’d choose something quite different this time.

Thus, behold:

Looks most different than I expected!  Any guesses what it is?


(and when you’re ready to find out, click here…)

Art Assignment Incoming!

We held another Art Assignment meetup at Vidcon this year!  The assignment we chose was was Lost Childhood Object:

And here was the description I was given: “A fragile red mask of clay that I took to Kindergarten for show and tell in order to talk about The Phantom of the Opera. The mask had an elastic band stapled to the back, which quickly fell off.”

And here’s the object I made!

z - art assignment lost childhood object

For me, the assignment ended up being quite moving, with the sharing of something personal, the time and effort and care of making, the gifting, and the reconnection with that something of personal meaning.  For both participants.  All we have to give in our lives is time, and for someone to generously give their time (and to do likewise) to create something that connects to you is really special.

A really wonderful assignment.

In addition, I hadn’t t worked with clay in ages, it was both fun and a challenge to re-acquaint myself with the material and how to work with it.  My hands got rightly messy.

Excitingly, the host of the Art Assignment, Sarah Urist Green, was able to make it to our meetup in the morning and watched us exchange our objects.  And, delightfully, she and her crew made an episode all about it!

Really great to get together with everyone!  And thank you Sarah & co for the wonderful channel and assignments and for getting together with us at the con.  Looking forward to next year.

Art Assignment incoming!

My triptych for The Art Assignment‘s project: “Surface Test.”

art assignment surface test

For the assignment I chose to take three rubbings, recording the floor/ground at the locations where I practice Kung Fu each week.  I spend on the order of 12+ hours each week training, and so these floors/surfaces have become a big part of my life.  The first is our Sunday spot, in a park; Tuesday follows at a local martial arts school; with Thursday and Friday rounding things out in my backyard on a covered patio that a friend and I poured specifically to support my martial arts practice.

I’m quite chuffed with how each rubbing turned out. I knew the surfaces were very different, but I didn’t know if that would come through in the rubbing, especially between the carpet and the smooth concrete in my backyard. But different they indeed were, and they made a far nicer compilation than I expected.

This was a fun assignment to do; and my third assignment completed. Four, if you count the joint effort at VidCon:

If you aren’t familiar with the Art Assignment, I heartily recommend checking out their channel and giving an assignment a try. I really like the assignment format, it makes one consider, and expand, the definition/breadth of art, and the assignments help bring the art of, well, art into our everyday lives.