Sunday, October 6, 2013

October's Marching Orders

September has come and gone -- slipped through the fingers somehow.  I applied for the CAA MFA Visual Arts Grant, which was due October 1.  It took more time than I thought, but in writing the grant proposal, I was able to more clearly think about my next project for the thesis show and how I want to develop my work post-thesis. 

Briefly, the grant project will entail a public installation honoring the Haudenosaunee. In coordination with the City of Ithaca and the Bus Transportation authority,  I am planning on creating large woodcuts which will then be digitally scanned and digitized as vector images, to then be cut in vinyl.  These vinyl images will then be adhered to 18 large glass panels at the largest bus stop in Ithaca.  The overall dimension of the installation will be about 10' high and 40' long.  The Public Art Commission has already given approval!  The Kendaia panels were the inspiration for the idea, after Aaron Lish suggested during one of our critiques that they could easily translate into a public art work.  I really hope it happens!  Here is the elevation for the site:
The twelve scrolls I am working on for the thesis show are coming along slowly.  I am planning on working on them more this week.  In talking with John Kramer about the image preparation for this installation, that I needed to rework the resolution and way in which my found images are manipulated for transfer.  Much of last week was devoted to this task, so my hope is that I can actually print them this week, and begin the slow process of building layers and complexity to the scrolls. Seeing Dorothea Rockburne's work this weekend was a real inspiration, and has gotten me excited about my new piece.  I will post images of these once they are far enough along. 

Lastly, here are a few more images of the installation, other variations.  More possibilities keep presenting themselves as I look at issues of interval, shape, surface and form, camouflage, reflection, repetition and variation, wall/floor relationship, bound/scattered, and reveal/conceal.  All these ideas are still perculating for now.  I intend another trip to Kendaia this week to collect some stones and other found specimens.  There is always more to see there.  I also hope to catch a sighting of deer this time too.  I was not lucky in my last two visits to see their graceful forms behind the wire fence. 

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