Sunday, May 06, 2007

The Soft Show @ russell : part II

This was one of my favorites...but I didn't catch the artist

charlene curtis

april segedi

april segedi - taxidermy foam, glass, lint

beverly woodbeck - Et Tu Brute

vanessa merrill - Simulated Vessels, onions and latex

beverly woodbeck - Aspirations; cloth, paper mache

chantelle mozingo - Botticelli's Nest

vanessa merrill - A Consecration

elizabeth ladd - Lillith; hair

gary r. elson jr. - Marvin; vinyl and band-aids

katie r. - mixed media

steve kuypers - Trust

aileen snyder - Left; foam, cotton batting, horse hair

vanessa merrill - Reclaimed Towel and Residual Offerings

katelyn ruks - Rukszto Solitaire chicks

kylie lockwood - cotton jersey, kosher salt (above/below)

charlene curtis - Discs Held on Ceiling with Nails

kate keller - American Alter

rod kammer - Regrowth

gary r. elson jr. - Protecting A Memory; latex gloves

aileen snyder - Neighsayer

...and then as usual my eyes were tuned into every piece of pieces that weren't art...were art to me....It's like looking for "Waldo" and then every person you see wearing stripes stands out!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katie R... great.
All great!

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have liked to see this show use the space more wisely... many of the pieces were small and seemed dwarfed by the enormous space.

I think many of the students involved did not want to take this opportunity, and therefore did not give it all the effort it deserved to make this show stand out. It shows.

Denise Fanning is a great instructor and has does more than amazing things for her students and I wish more of the students involved appreciated her efforts.

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I agree that *some* of the pieces felt dwarfed by the enormous space, I enjoyed that each piece had a quietness and breathability in the space...that the massiveness of the space allowed for each object or installation to inhabit its own world without competing with the object beside it for attention. Some pieces couldn't have been more well suited to the space, especially the onions and the hair pieces-and the horse carcass in that eery seperate room was perfect in that space.

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Cherry- not all of the work appeared that way to me. Vanessa Merrill especially had some really amazing work.

3:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think both shows were great! some pieces better than others. i think soft sculpture is really starting to take a form in the art world. both shows lived up to what the CCS scuplture program is!

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Denise Fanning is a great instructor and has does more than amazing things for her students and I wish more of the students involved appreciated her efforts."

Huh?! In fact, Cherry, your entire comment leaves me very confused. It seems like you're saying the CCS students were lazy and unappreciative of their opportunities?

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is precisely what I was saying.

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I agree that some of the students may not have appreciated this unique opportunity...lets not generalize. There were some that not only appreciated Denise's efforts, but set aside their other studio work to finalize the work for the show, themselves, and Denise's reputation. The end of the year is exhausting for students. Having another "show" to worry about at the end of the year probable had a lot to do with the lack of some students efforts. Just a thought.

For anyone in the show who lacked the motivation to work their butt's's not a requirement that a teacher assists in setting up a show for you. It's a luxury. Appreciate it, embrace that night, and all the efforts that went into it. It was a success.

I think the work looked amazing and the mammoth space only added to each piece. :)

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, how dare those students tarnish their instructor's image.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

c'mon now, let's not get caddy (catty?)about behind the scenes b.s. All in all the show looked great and in the end everyone put in the necessary effort to get their pieces and the space together. Can we rest on the effects of the show and not the build-up. These two shows generated a great energy and excitement, we don't need to know what happened with the interpersonal dynamics behind the scenes. In every group effort there are variations in effort and variations in willingness to set aside ones inherent selfishness in order to see the larger picture. This was perhaps not a unique situation, but none-the-less, a powerful show.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Charlene said...

well said.

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved the show,
of course some pieces were stronger than others--
as some artist are stronger that others, and in different medias.
The space was enormous, yes.
but the space was accomidating to the movement of peope through the exhibit... I hate when you can't move at an opening in fear of knocking something over/bumping into someone. It was nice to see something at the other side of the space and be able to immediately go explore it.

12:09 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm dustin

11:31 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

dustin the wind

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frenzy and drama are involved in any big undertaking like this. I'm sure there was reluctance to add another project to the end of the year but everyone seemed dedicated to me. I mean they had a damn bake sale to raise the money to rent the space. How cute is that?!?!? A bake sale!!! No one had to be a part of the show. Everyone worked hard. The show turned out great and the people involved should be proud.

At least this show isn't completely ripping off other artists that showed 1-4 years before like ______and_____ :)

11:53 AM  
Blogger Suzie Homewrecker said...

Oh yes, -swirls wine- the impasto of the hors commerce is just simply marvelous. I'd say it's a combination of a maquette with superb pointillism and a touch of pochoir! Would you not agree, Timothy? Timothy, dear! What ever is on your lapelle? Have you spilled your creme de bouillabaisse? Oh, heavens! These gooseberry crepes are delightful! Do have Henrich carry some more out on the platter I love so well!

10:04 AM  

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