Friday, March 30, 2007

work oases and "Little People"

Survivor Man - found materials, 2007
I started making these mini oasis environments with only the materials I could find at work and in an amount of time that would not take away from daily tasks. I love the process of how and when they are constructed...they become little postcards of escapism. I am not sure if I would want to show them as sculpture of if I like the photos more....but either way I am finding them to be very pleasing and necessary.
Finally I Can Relax - found materials, 2007
This brings me to an artist I just read about this morning - Slinkachu - "Little People - a tiny street art project". The London artist, who tries to remain anonymous like other street artists, assembles tiny figurines in narrative situations and then photographs. He has gained some press recognition lately and has shown at Eleven Gallery and Urbis.
I was actually tricked by the pic above because I saw it posted on another blog and I was scrolling down fast, really only paying attention to what was on the walls...then I saw the far shot and knew I had been fooled!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Show them at Metro Brewing!

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just received an email announcing that Mitch Cope is up for $100k of Altoids. No one more deserving.

Fantastic for a Detroit artist to even be in the running.

Is there somewhere his body of work can be viewed online -- other than the few photo/tracings at Cranbrook? Does Altoids post the nominees work somewhere?

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't know that mitch made a lot of art these days seeing he has been so busy with mocad?

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jef, Mitch is not up for one of those, he himself is one of the nominators. A very prestigious position, indeed

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He'll have "friends" coming out of the woodwork!

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Altoids? What are you guys talking about?

9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The New Museum and long-time supporter Altoids, the Curiously Strong Mints, proudly announce the establishment of The Altoids Award. A first of its kind, the prize will be awarded biennially by the New Museum to four emerging artists nominated and selected by a panel comprised entirely of other artists. The award will consist of a $25,000 cash prize for each of the four winners – totaling $100,000 — as well as a joint exhibition at the New Museum’s new building on the Bowery.

The unique award selection process calls for a geographically and stylistically diverse group of ten artists to each nominate up to five emerging artists, which they have identified for producing especially innovative, unusual and powerful work. Nominators themselves were selected for the quality of their work and their proven commitment to publicly supporting the artistic community through writing, teaching, organizing exhibitions and running alternative spaces. The nominators for the first Altoids Award will be:

Edgar Arceneaux, Los Angeles
Allora and Calzadilla, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Mitch Cope, Detroit
Trisha Donnelly, San Francisco
Harrell Fletcher, Portland, OR
Jay Heikes, Minneapolis
Matt Keegan, New York
Rick Lowe, Houston
Frances Stark, Los Angeles
Michelle Grabner, Chicago

Several of the nominators – Edgar Arceneaux (2002), Trisha Donnelly (2001), Harrell Fletcher (2002) and Jay Heikes (2002) - were also selected early in their careers for the New Museum’s Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, which has always been committed to supporting young and emerging talent.

The first four Altoids Award recipients will be chosen from the nominated pool of artists by three established artists known for their ground-breaking work and for their unflagging commitment to engaging and supporting new talent: Paul McCarthy, Cindy Sherman and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

The recipients will be announced in early 2008, and a presentation of their work, organized by New Museum Curator Massimiliano Gioni, will debut in the first floor gallery of New Museum’s new Bowery home in fall 2008.

“The New Museum and Altoids have worked together for seven years to support and promote emerging artists,” said Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director, New Museum. “The Altoids Award expands on this unique relationship, offering an exciting opportunity for us to work with artists who support other artists to seek out new talent from across the country and present it to a broad public audience in a museum setting.”

10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitch, if you are reading this, and happen to become best friends with Edgar Arceneaux and you two start hanging out from time to time and you invite him to Detroit, would you mind introducing me? I'm a big fan.

Also congratulations. That's amazing.

2:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Usually for awards like this [MacArthur, Louis Comfort Tiffany], the nominators are anonymous.

We should all be very proud of Mitch! But I dont envy him now.....I can imagine that he [and all of the other nominators] will be deluged by hoards of eager artists.....

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitch is a nominator. I was corrected by my source. Still a good thing, for Mitch and Detroit. To be on any list now is good. MOCAD must be making an impact beyond our burg.

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a comment about the image posted here: there was that commercial photo guy that took little figures and had them fishing out of bellybuttons and mountain climbing up a nude's breast. laurie simmons doll legs on an hourglass, and other tiny people. iain baxter's crushed wonder bread with little figures and trees picnic and hiking. there was a guy ten years ago that did a lot, tiny soldiers etc in close-up -- got pretty famous, but i've lost his name. i remember detroit's awol group used to do them too. anyone remember AWOL. and my new digital camera has a "fun things to do" pamphlet that shows how to take miniatures and do the same thing.

then there's also this site:

10:43 AM  

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