Yesterday Megan Biddle(faculty) took her Intro glass blowing students to Shane Candies where the owners Ryan and Eric Berely demonstrated the art of pulling taffy. Similar to glass in so many ways, the students were amazed at being able to handle the material. In preparation for our visit they boiled 25 lbs of sugar and pour it onto a steel table to cool it. To understand the material each student was given a few pounds stretch, pull, and even blow. What an incredible transformation of an everyday material!
Some installation shots from the Junior Advanced Seminar class project. They were given the critique space to use as a “laboratory” for 12 days, adding/subtracting from each other’s ideas, experiments and configurations. They were asked to give up authorship and consider a “call and response” approach to working together in the space, expanding spatially and developing object and material relationships. It was exciting to see the explosions that took place throughout the week, but maybe even more exciting was hearing the student’s response to being given this sense of freedom to act creatively as a community.
Scientists at Cornell accidentally developed a pane of glass that measures only two atoms in thickness. This discovery has helped answer questions about the fundamental structure of glass, a unique material that behaves like a solid but was thought to look more like a liquid, which has stumped scientists for over 80 years.
Free computer software that allows you to design and visualize different uses of cane in blown forms: http://virtualglass.org/
Diving into today’s oceans, one scientist looks for modern day mirrors to sea creatures frozen in glass in the late 1800s.
On Monday evening both sections of Business Practice took a trip to Space 1026 in Chinatown. Ben Woodward is one of the co-founders of this artist run space(and one of my old pals from RISD) that offers exhibition space, silkscreening, community and private studios. He gave us the tour of the two floors and explained how the space began, 13 years ago. We got to peek into many of the studio spaces, which is always interesting, as well as see the old bank vault, where they expose their screens. It was inspiring to see a creative vision that has continued to grow and establish into a very important resource for many artists in the area.
On Wednesday, both sections of Business Practice teamed up to learn about documenting art work. Photographer Matt Hollerbush visited us and discussed how to approach photographing different materials (glass, reflective surfaces, 2-d work, and installation). He brought his set up and demonstrated how to shoot difficult objects (like glass). He also directed us amateur photographers to a very useful video that explains photographing glass with basic equipment.