Mar 19, 2014

Why carve miniatures? Does the size of the artwork change your relationship to it? Does small artwork draw you closer to it than large artwork? Click here to look at the sculptures of two artists: Diem Chau, originally from Vietnam, and now in Seattle,Washington, and Brazilian artist Dalton Ghetti. Submit a response : Name two things that small artworks give to the viewer that big artworks do not. Explain your reasoning.

Feb 23, 2014

Hello Sculptors. take a look at this artwork, Lick and Lather, by Janine Antoni

Click her name to read more about Janine Antoni, and respond to this question: What are some of the reasons this artist makes self-portraits, and what are some reasons why you might also make a self-portrait ?

Oct 7, 2013

from the Museum of Contemporary Art website:

Maurizio Cattelan's giant cat, named Felix after the famous cartoon cat created in the early twentieth century by Otto Messmer (American, 1892-1983) draws on popular culture and delves into our collective imagination and desire for spectacle. Measuring more than forty-six feet in length with a tail that extends twenty-six feet in the air, the cat skeleton dwarfs a human being, playing with scale to shift the power relationship with the viewer.

As in his other works, with Felix Cattelan experiments with how viewers must suspend their disbelief in order to succumb to the fantasy of his vision. In 2001, when visiting Chicago in preparation for a commission at the MCA, Cattelan was inspired by Sue - the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered -at the Field Museum of Natural History. Cattelan designed Felix for a particular space, the MCA atrium and wanted his work to become a popular museum attraction, like Sue.

Cattelan's work, involving distortions of scale and reality, probes issues of originality, popular culture, humor, and fear. Inspired by the public's fascination with the origins of Sue, the popular Tyrannosaurus rex on view at the Field Museum, Cattelan has transformed a household cat into an ominously gargantuan figure. While challenging viewers' perceptions of the subject matter and its scale, Cattelan also questions notions of both artifact and exhibition. Naming the skeleton after the cartoon character Felix the Cat, Cattelan jokingly undermines historical fact with fiction to reactivate the realm of childhood wonderment within a contemporary art public space. 
Post a response to this question:
Considering these ideas, and the kind of dialogue Cattelan was creating with the Field Museum,if you were to submit your sculpture (the skeleton) as a proposal for a large public monument somewhere in Chicago, where would you have it  placed, and why?

Sep 8, 2013

How I Spent My Summer Vacation


                                                         Alas, those lazy days are over.

Sep 2, 2013

Kristen Petersen is an artist and journalist who covers the art scene in Las Vegas, Nevada.
She's been making these pipe cleaner sculptures for the past few years, and as time goes on her forms and techniques have become more complex. These little sculptures delight me with the intimacy of their miniature scale, the colorfulness of the materials and the quirky humor that pokes fun at middle America.

Apr 21, 2013


Sandy Skoglund makes very large dioramas.  I love their eerie and surreal quality, especially Radioactive Cats (ya gotta love that title). She taught photography at the Hartford Art School, where I went to college. Fun fact: The woman and boy in Revenge of the Goldfish were my teacher and her son! click here!
Post a response about one or more of her works. Be sure to include the title of the piece you are referencing.