Art advocate Paul Klein, and the moving and challenging words of Chicago artist Titus O’Brien about ArtChicago.
This is the heart of the matter — art, truly, is not a commercial proposition. This is not “idealism.” This is the truth. Art is life and death, nothing less. When it is less than that, it isn’t art. Money is only one form of value, often acting merely as representative for more profound ones. True art patrons know this — therefore, they look to patronize art that clues us in on our fundamental humanity and core values. Artists are not entertainers. We’re not fantasists. Richard Tuttle said only art can show the truth of our existence. I don’t disagree. Ad Reinhardt called art commerce and art as entertainment a “suicide burlesque.” That phrase crossed my mind more than once last Friday, strolling the fair. A carnival of the frivolous. I don’t have the time. None of us really do.
Check out IART faculty and Aurora Picture Show curator Mary Magsamen as one of the Houston Press 100 Creatives.
And don’t miss MEASURED at Lawndale Art Center on view April 22 – June 4 featuring Artist Studio Program residents Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Daniel McFarlane and Anthony Thompson Shumate.
Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s videos, photographs and installations reinterpret the people, activities and objects of their everyday life and engage the edge between the heroic and tragic. They navigate perceptions of identity, emotion and family within a uniquely American subjectivity. Their experimental short video, Elevated Landscape, shot on location at Lawndale, looks at suburban lawns as identity for families as well as the social and environmental impact. House/hold is a photographic series of portraits of the artist’s family set in surreal settings and interactions.
Oliver Ranch (Meet at Geyserville Park & Ride)
Saturday, June 4, 4pm
Sunday, June 5, 4pm
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The World Premiere of Tower Ring, a new work by legendary composer Pauline Oliveros will resonate the walls of the magnificent tower created by artist Ann Hamilton at the Oliver Ranch in Geyserville, California. The listening audience from their positions on the double Helix stairways will intimately experience vibrant sensations emanating from a rising and descending traditional orchestral gong. Didjeridu, choral voices, an eight story long wire instrument and shimmering bells will add to a tapestry of sounds that can only be experienced in this structure.
Oliveros’ historic composition, commissioned by the Oliver Ranch Foundation, is keyed to the eight stories of the Tower by a rising and descending gong and tiny bells played by audience members. In addition to the voices of members of the Cardew Choir directed by Tom Bickley, members of existing trios and quartets will be a part of the performance.
Performers include Chris Chafe * Stuart Dempster * Renko Dempster * David Gamper * Brenda Hutchinson * Ione * George Marsh * Pauline Oliveros * Christopher Pilafian
Jennifer Wilsey * The Cornelius Cardew Choir directed by Tom Bickley * Students of Mills College
The performances will benefit Deep Listening Institute, Ltd., a not-for profit organization that fosters a unique approach to music, literature, art and meditation, and promotes innovation among artists and audience in creating, performing, recording and educating with a global perspective.
by Bree Edwards
Chuck Ivy, a 2nd year Master of Fine Arts student in the Interdisciplinary Practices & Emerging Forms (IPEF) at the School of Art, came to the University of Houston with a background in music, computer science and photography. Ivy is blazing a trail of firsts within the Arts at UH. He is the first graduate student in the IPEF program and also the inaugural Artist in Residence at the Texas Learning & Computation Center Visualization Lab (TLC²) where he is researching 3D visualization technology for the creation of art.
Ivy describes himself a “new media, research artist”. He explains, “new media art is a moving target, each year there’s something new, and some new technology to make it. So a big part of my artistic practice is the ability to teach myself new technologies as they are needed.” While working with faculty from the School of Art last semester on sound art and interactive environments, a new format for artistic collaboration emerged. Working with Arts Professor Abinadi Meza, Ivy created an online radio station for sharing sound art; such as spoken word, field recordings, “noise” and other experimental music. This personal radio project expanded this semester, and the station he created with Professor Meza is the platform for the course ‘Collaboration Among the Arts: Transmission Arts’. This class is part of the IART curriculum offered by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, which emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration between students. About the collaborative experience Ivy says, “I can work with another creative student, with different skills and interests, and what we create together has the potential for being so much more than either of us could have done individually.” Ivy’s student leadership was acknowledged by a Scholarship from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.
Upon graduation, Ivy would like to teach new media art at the University level, while also working with local arts organizations in Houston such as Aurora Picture Show, Houston Center for Photography, Fotofest, and Lawndale Art Center. He will present his 3D artistic research from the TLC² Artist in Residence reception on May 6 at 6:00PM in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Wortham Theatre lobby.
Inaugural Texas Learning & Computation Center – University of Houston Artist in Residence Chuck Ivy featured as one of the 100 Creatives in the Houston Press. Want to see what his work is all about? Join us for TLC² Artists in Residence Reception on May 6 at 6pm in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston, main campus. Entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd.
Although he’s the best-known and most prolific composer of his generation, Philip Glass does a lot more than just write music every day. Read about his first annual Days and Nights Festival in Carmel Valley and Big Sur this summer here.
Jibade-Khalil Huffman: Artist Talk
Tuesday, April 19, 1:00pm
University of Houston, Fine Arts Building Room 110
New York City-based author Jibade-Khalil Huffman discusses his practice, spanning photography and poetry, as well as his new book, James Brown Is Dead. Featuring a performative slide show by the artist. Huffman’s first book of poetry, 19 Names For Our Band, was published by Fence Books in 2008. He has recently presented performances at P.S.1/MoMA and The Tank.