Monday, November 30, 2009
Today at CAPA the students reviewed ideas for the installation. I talked about some big puppets that were made several years ago that do not exist any longer -- we looked all over the school. Previously, one idea had been to make a large female figure,
Mother Nature, and cover her with a knotweed blanket. Today, as I recalled the puppet, we discussed the option to make a
large (Cheryl Capozotti-like style) puppet that could welcome visitors to the installation. Just an idea . . . .
Meanwhile, I'm posting these ideas for the students because they cannot post ideas at school unles they use my iPhone. We can see the blog but cannot access it. Working out the logistics . . . . (tsing took the photos . . .)
So here is a photo of making paper pulp. Tomorrow we hope to add the knotweed pieces, run them through the Hollander beater and see what happens.
We don't have any specific ideas as to how this will or will not be incorporated into the exhibition. It's just FUN!
There's always beeswax, rust, and rabbit-skin glue . . . who knows what will happen!
QUESTION: because we must get permission from the park to go back and to spread the straw- what should be do if we do not get permission to spread the straw or to work in the park again?
How do we bring the park into the gallery setting?
-Could we use blow ups of pictures of the double helix drawing?and pictures of the before and after of the Knotweed hillside/ Could these stand in for a video of the students walking the path in the park?
-Could we focus on the forest of hanging knotweed in installation, and simulate the path we cut into the knotweed by covering the floor of the gallery in front of the hanging knotweed with knotweed twigs. Then clearing a path through it in the design we used in the park?
- Could we draw attention to the path by placing handmade paper bowls in bright colors to outline the path. Could the bowls be filled with seeds of native plants- to offer the concept that when the knotweed is cleared- then the native plants bring the environment into ballance.
-Could we do something else----WHAT DO YOU THINK
Sunday, November 29, 2009
We have about 2 weeks to pull all of our great ideas together for the show at the MF which opens on Dec 12TH. We will able to have about 3 hours to get the show in place, so we need to think very clearly about what we want to say in the show.
What is the message?
We need to decide the message-and then how to back up the message with art elements that explains details of our new understandings.
so far- I think there is an element of explaining the density of the KW(knotweed and how it blocks out other species), and of providing an experience in which the viewers come to understand the day in the park- smells, sounds etc. Is that right.
Is there anything else we want to say????
Saturday, November 28, 2009
, originally uploaded by PGH Green Bridge.
of photos that can be uploaded, or sets that we can have there.
So post away. Remember, when you upload photos to Flickr to tag
them with "PGH Green Bridge" "eco-art" "installation art" etc...
And you can post directly to this blog from Flickr as I did with this photo.
Here's the link to PGH Green Bridge on Flickr.
Friday, November 27, 2009
The other shot is the ceiling above the rectangle. Might help for those collaborating the hanging of the knotweed pieces.
This area is towards the back of the lobby.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
1. Cages that will have the species of plants and animals that are native to the area where the knotweed is growing. To symbolize how the knotweed constricts them.
2. A yellow brick road that is under the forest that the Pitt students are working on that will guide people into the knotweed.
3. T-Shirts with the phrase "I can't believe it's Knot Weed" (by Jakob Short)
4. Posters promoting our piece of a spaceship full of knotweed abducting flyers that a guy made to show people how bad invasive species are.
Brainstorming continued! Knotweed Floor-Drawing/Path
The students selected several sketches that could be developed for the announcement and a poster. This one received the most votes. The basic idea being that the knotweed roots
Other design ideas: I think that the students need to add their comments to explain their
Monday, November 23, 2009
are connected by the space in the middle.
The white space could represent a bridge.
I imagined that this header could be used as
a springboard for other design ideas about
connection(s). And I imagined that students
would redesign the header after there was some
imagery that could be used to fill in those green
The type could be rearranged in a variety of ways: Stacked
Along with a brief description of the project, (Connie will provide this or we'll
use what is already on the blog) the card needs to contain the following information...
The Mattress Factory PGH Green Bridge Project was made possible by support from the Surdna Foundation. Education programs at the Mattress Factory are supported by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Grable Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Richard King Mellon Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
As you know we need to come up with an announcement or a postcard for the Mattress,
Factory exhibit which is coming up fairly soon. Below is an email from the
Education Director at the MF with some specific details of what text will need to go
on the announcement, and some general questions/ things to consider.
Hi David,Location: Mattress Factory Lobby
The information really needs to come from the collective partners; The title of the show, a blurb of what it is about, etc.
This may be tricky because there are different groups.
What the MF would supply is:
Our logo, and the Surdna Logo- I'll get that to you
AnnaOpening Reception, Saturday, December 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 ( I suggested this time and haven't' heard either way that it was okay so I am assuming it is) December 13-1:00 to 5:00 (available to view work)
Does this help? Do they have a title, image, blurb to work with? Is there someone out of the partners who can facilitate this?
We can print copies here.
Last Friday at Pitt, 3 students and I came up with the idea to use actual knotweed
cuttings (about 5"-6" long) to use for a limited edition of exhibit promos. They would
be hollowed out, and then a smaller (4" by 6") flyer with all the info can be inserted
inside. These could be placed in the lobby of The Mattress Factory and elsewhere.
We were thinking about 100-150 of them. There was also some consideration to
decorating the knotweed with natural dyes, or something else?
Karen has informed me that Heather's group will also be making a poster at CAPA
in the printmaking studios. Perhaps a collaboration is possible or not, but I think it
will be great to have different promos,posters, cards etc... created by students
of both schools.
It will be helpful to post ideas, drawings and designs on the blog for everyone to see.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
for the GEEK ARTS + GREEN INNOVATORS FESTIVAL
Where: First Friday "Unblurred" on Penn Avenue/ Penn Avenue Business District
Why: A Celebration of Green Industry and Tech Wizardry
Festival Statement: As Southwestern Pennsylvania's premiere Art + Technology Festival, The GAGI or Geek Art and Green Innovators Festival is platform for showcasing all that is new, unique and experimental in the green and technology industries in Pittsburgh and beyond.
We're building this festival by showcasing your ingenuity!
Green Technology both simple and complex
Tell us what YOU want to do!
If your submission or idea is accepted, we'll find a venue for you to do it!
RESPONSE DEADLINE: November 30, 2009 (Specifics or general interest)
For more information visit: http://gagifestival.blogspot.com/
Or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
knotweed promos~ take a peek at the site of a fabulous graphic designer
named Stefan Sagmeister. What I like about his work is that he blurs the line
between fine art and design. Good design IS fine art.
Sandstrom Design has a beautiful site, too. And their work is really smart and
Friday, November 13, 2009
Sounds: like walking through leaves.
voices of those taking down the knotweed.
Humans are the invasive species.
Sounds of snapping knotweed.
Students from CAPA made flutes from it. Bird sounds.
Goats like to eat it.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
William McDonough on cradle to cradle design
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Constance Merriman is an artist and a teacher. She has been creating art works for more than 30 years that are created in response to formal issues of art, and, more recently, to the social and environmental effects of the world wide extraction of fuel for energy. Constance uses a wide variety of media to create works that have been exhibited in galleries, museums and in public settings. These media includes film, painting, weaving, book art, drawing, digital media, ceramics, and social sculpture. She has taught in community and school settings and is currently teaching drawing for The School of Architecture, CMU, as well as The Carnegie Museum of Art. She is rostered with the Pittsburgh School and Community Program through which she engages in art residencies.
Harmony through diversity as well as the interconnections found in all things, are the main themes in the work of JoAnna Commandaros. Her work includes the use of multiples, ambiguity of disparate materials, media, and processes often challenging function and meaning of objects and space. JoAnna has created interactive installations and public works in the Pittsburgh area over the past several years, exploring the role of the artist as community collaborator and educator with sensitivity toward ecology. Nest, Rhizomes, Seeds is a current collaboration featuring root drawings as interactive, public installation with students from the University of Pittsburgh, Slippery Rock University and CAPA.
The technique of cutting away the surface reveals the internal organization as it creates a new configuration of marks on the surface. Through the additive process of felting and the subtractive process of cutting I strive to create a sense of balance within the work to reveal the underlying structure without destroying the integrity of the surface plane.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
David Pohl is a freelance illustrator, multimedia artist and arts educator.
His work has been recognized by Communication Arts, The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Print, Graphis and How magazines.
House of Pingting is an illustration and design company located in Pittsburgh. Servicing magazine + book publishing, institutional + advertising clients. Illustration + animation for print, web + broadcast TV.
David's illustration clients include: Business Week, Fortune, Harvard Business Press, The Kikkoman Corporation, The Miami Herald, National Geographic, The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine , PBS, Time Magazine, Tower Records, Simon & Schuster, The United Jewish Federation, US Airways and Yoga Journal.
His exhibitions include: The Mattress Factory PGH, The Society of Illustrators NYC,
The Carnegie Museum of Art PGH, The Art Directors Club NYC, The Illustration
Gallery NYC, The Rivers arts Festival Gallery PGH.