First day of Art Ready, 10/13/10

Students met at Smack Mellon for the first Wednesday afternoon program session. When they first came through the door, they enjoyed the gallery’s complementary afternoon tea service, courtesy of one of the current exhibitions, eteam’s Gallery Cruise. After receiving a brief overview of Art Ready, the group also got a chance to see the gallery’s back room exhibit, Charlotte Schulz’s The Uneven Intensities of Duration, comprised of intricate drawings blending charcoal, delicate erasure, and physical folding of paper to reveal diverse, interwoven vignettes. These two exhibits, while related in their subject matter addressing time and space, presented students with two contrasting types of art: participatory and site specific, incorporating a range of media from sculpture installation to video (eteam); versus using the simplest of drawing materials to create complex visual experiences (Schulz). When asked “why is this considered art?” in response to eteam’s tea room, one student answered, “it’s an invented experience.”

Images from Gallery Cruise

Charlotte Schulz, The Uneven Intensities of Duration

Next, the group ventured downstairs to the studios of Smack Mellon resident artists Maria Buyondo and Seth Wulsin. Maria showed a section of her video documentary “My Family,” detailing her experiences growing up in Russia and Sweden as the daughter of an African father and Russian mother. This led to a lively discussion of students’ experiences grappling with their own identities. Seth’s studio displayed a “3-dimensional painting:” a large human head created from evenly spaced layers of spray-painted mesh. He discussed his work process fabricating these types of pieces, as well as some past projects altering abandoned Latin American prison buildings. Seth encouraged the students to focus on making artwork and following their inspirations, as opposed to getting caught up in a specific “career path.”

Seth Wulsin in his studio

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