Last Friday the Metals grad students along with our fearless leader and professor took a jaunt to St. Louis, MO with a mission to visit Craft Alliance. First we viewed the exhibition “Without Boundaries: Transformations in American Craft” at the Delmar Loop Gallery. Without Boundaries was inspired by Craft Today Poetry of the Physical curated by Paul J. Smith in 1986. Then we took a tour of the gallery space at Grand Center to see the exhibition CLASP. Later we were fortunate enough to spend some time with two of the artists in residence Kelsey Viola (Fibers) and Laura Elizabeth Mullen (Metals). These ladies are making great work and were very gracious with their time. For more information on what we saw visit the Craft Alliance website http://www.craftalliance.org/index.htm. Stupidly I didn't take an image of the studio space in the basement but, alas, I have images of their tools and wood in their wood turning shop.
While heading out of town we also stopped by the City Museum and well... words can not describe the sensory overload that place is! You don’t really even notice the hoards of screaming children running to and fro, they sort-of blend into the scenery which is equally as energetic.There are buses, planes, whales, and the strangest collection of objects in the weirdest arrangements and display cases. Here are some images of my meandering around.
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If you're ever even close to St. Louis, you have to experience it. http://www.citymuseum.org/site/.
Let’s talk weather... Fall was in full swing here in Urbana/Champaign. Today it feels a lot more like mid-june but the fall colors are beautiful. My dog (Flirty) and I have been on a few walks and the leaves are making for some beautiful scenery. I've been gathering sticks and twigs on our walks picking much of my material from Flirty's hair and, much to her horror, taking the sticks she finds for my own use in the studio:
I wanted to sign of this week with a tune... The song "Knock on Wood" jumped to mind, this was the first video result... and was too awesome not to share with the 11 (by my estimate) of you following this. Enjoy.
Until next time.