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Monday, May 24, 2010

Road To Gerard's Mikey Shrine: DAYS THREE - SEVEN

Obviously, I've been slacking on this daily Mikey doodle thing since my last post.

I've just added a couple silly scribbles to that previous version of "The Wheeze."

I'll try to actually do something cool at some point this week...



XoXo
c.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Road To Gerard's Mikey Shrine: DAY TWO

Day Two of my Mikey doodling. I think I accomplished my goal of making him look a bit more manly today.

Sorry about turning you into a hipster girl yesterday, Mikey.

Oh dear... I just realized cartoon Mikey doesn't have ears today! Damn! He may have had a sex change yesterday, but at least he could hear. Sorry again!



Goal for tomorrow: give Mikey doodle the ability to hear.

XoXo
c.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

You heard Gerard! Mikey Paintings! NOW! DAY ONE


Well, it turns out I will be using this blog post-Journalism 314.

The other day when My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way tweeted that he wanted paintings of his brother and MCR bassist Mikey Way, I knew I would be on a mission over the summer.

In my following posts here I will document my "Road to Gerard's Mikey Shrine" adventures. Ha-ha! I'll try to post some form of Mikey doodle every day if I have time.

Day One:

I brought my sketchbook uptown with me today because I knew I'd be sitting around for a while and wouldn't have anything to do. I settled in at the Front Room with a coffee steaming and my iPod a'shuffle and started scribbling away with my regular pen (despite the fact that I brought a couple good ones with me).

At first, I had no intention to draw Mikey, but as I thumbed through random scraps of paper in the back of my sketchbook, I encountered a picture of him and remembered Gerard's request; my hand sort of naturally began to create the outline of his glasses. Within 10 minutes I had the following scribbled-out interpretation of Mr. Michael James. The end product looks a bit like a random hipster girl, methinks. Perhaps tomorrow's drawing wont look so girly and his chin/eye on the right side wont be so wonky.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Art Fest at Baker Center: Making Time for Art

On May 11, 2010, Ohio University's University Program Council (UPC) hosted an event that allowed Ohio University students to showcase their artwork, but to very little response.

Art Fest, as described on the UPC event page, was "an opportunity to showcase your work!" and was listed among "Film & Culture" events by the UPC, which are events they say, "cater to diverse populations." However, on their busy Tuesday between classes, not many among the "diverse population" of students seemed to want to make time for the event.

The event's Facebook page had only 141 confirmed guests, and one post from musician Emily Dale who made a quick plug for herself, saying, "I'll be playing from 12:30-1:30 :) Hope you can make it!!!!"

It was her soaring soprano that I heard as I entered Baker that day. I looked around, having expected random displays of art to be scattered around Baker Center from the Facebook event's description telling me it would "take place throughout all of Baker Center," but I was surprised to find nothing at first. I made my way down the escalators, past the windows in front of which Miss Dale was performing on the third floor and finally found the art tucked in a corner on the second floor of Baker Center just outside the gallery.

There, I talked to Ashley Laber, a member of UPC who told me a bit about Art Fest.

"It's basically just a free art show," Laber said. "It's mostly student work, but we have a table full of professors' work. Basically, we just wanted to showcase the work that people are doing on campus and provide it for the community."



The event, she said, was working with Ohio University's International Week, which saw Baker Center covered in flags from all over the world that day.

In addition to the art, Laber added that they had free food and two different artists who were to perform on the floor above the display.

With food and an open call to display art, I found it surprising that there seemed to be so few pieces of art on display and so few people checking them out. Laber mentioned that UPC had "about 40 works of art from between 5 and 7 artists" on display.

Perhaps it was that they were tucked away in the corner and that the event didn't receive much promotion that kept students walking by rather than browsing the art.

"We have a lot of people just coming and going," said Laber, who also noted that the UPC display was bringing more traffic to the small gallery on the second floor of Baker than it usually sees.

Perhaps the gallery is just intimidating; perhaps art is intimidating.

Laber mentioned that some of the most traffic the display got was from students who were visiting as a part of their art classes.

Must we be obligated and pushed to take a step away from our lives to appreciate art?

For this blog, I made a point to seek out art in the community, and I found it was - often - not something that fit readily into my schedule, but that - in the end - was worth it to discover.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Jenny Holzer Art Installation at Gordy Hall

Artist and Ohio University alumna Jenny Holzer is known for her powerful use of language in her pieces, and Ohio University's language building, Gordy Hall, is lucky enough to be the home of one of her installations.

Upon entering Gordy Hall, you may look up and frown. Seemingly nonsensical phrases

scroll around a rectangular, overhead LED marquee. Many have no idea that that is a part of a 12-piece art installation that includes the LED as well as 6 green granite benches that line the main first floor hall of Gordy, and an outdoor granite table with 4 more benches. The installation, according to the Ohio University Media Library page for Gordy Hall, was commissioned by the university and came with the language building's 1996-1998 remodeling and expansion.

Each of the twelve pieces of the installation incorporate the use of language in a very immersing way. For instance, the benches, places of sitting and of socializing, have words and phrases inscribed into them. To me, the heavy stone, so anchored and out-of-place in the building, brings a sense of gravity, drawing a person to sit while also sending a message about the permanence and of language. The LED display, if one stands in the middle of it, can be an overwhelming, dizzying experience, which made me think of the many messages we receive daily. Keeping track of all of them and trying to break through the noise can make one feel as if one is spinning in circles.

Holzer's work is ever-focused on the power of language. Other examples of her work include "Projections," series of installations that feature phrases projected on a large scale on buildings and her short, philo-slogans, "Truisms." According to a profile by DesignBoom.Com, "her medium, whether formulated as a t-shirt, as a plaque, or as an LED sign, always is writing, and the public dimension is integral to the delivery of her work."

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

College Book Store: Supplier to the Athens Art Student

Some girls like to buy clothes; some have a fetish for footwear, and some even feel the compulsion to buy as many handbags as they can snatch up in one shopping trip.

I, too, have a shopping problem: I can spend hours in a craft or art-supply store, and I always leave with something that is relatively useless to me.

When I began my quest to find books as a Freshman last year, one of the first stores I visited was College Book Store on the corner of Court and Union streets.

There, at the entrance, I found a mysterious and welcoming staircase with a sign pointing down, tempting me with the description: "Art Supplies." Oh dear... At that moment, I swear I could hear change falling from my pockets and down those stairs.

Today, I paid a visit to the store again and spoke to Melissa Williams, who has worked in the art supply basement of College Book Store for 11-and-a-half years. She shared friendly chit-chat and some information about the buying habits of students.

She told me that College Book Store's art section "caters to students" and that the closest art-supplier otherwise may be as far away as Parkersburg, W.Va.

As far as the buying habits of those students to which the store caters, Williams says that the most popular product she sells are "Liquitex paints, charcoals and Staedtler Pencils." She boasts the pencils in particular as being "the best."

As I browsed the store, I picked up a package of Staedtler pens. "Are the pens as popular as the markers?" I asked.

Williams shook her head in response, saying that the preferred technical pens are Pigma Microns. Understandably, I feel.

I left the store with a brush-tip Pigma pen and with my wallet $3.09 lighter.

I really need to stop going into College Book Store...

College Book Store Logo from College Book Store Web site

Saturday, May 1, 2010

A map of Athens Art

There are many places to see and learn about art within walking distance for Ohio University students in Athens. In the map below, I have marked some key locations; including galleries, the classroom buildings for Ohio University's college of fine arts, locations I have mentioned in this blog, the site of art pieces unique to Athens and more casual places to view art.


View Art in Athens in a larger map

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