Saturday, December 11, 2010
The room, basic to say the least, was large and open allowing for easy traffic flow throughout the exhibits. The large space, a bit sparse, seemed somewhat empty, and the vaporous quality and delicate nature of some of the pieces, like Sarah’s “Snow Cave”, required an extended contemplation by the viewer to appreciate the full beauty of the work. The conceptual based pieces by Rachel Browning and Elizabeth Morisette, featuring art creation by the audience, were unusual with their participatory nature, but the visitors playfully jumped right in, becoming artists. The broad scope of included works, with their disparate styles, could be a bit disconcerting, however the variety instigated an expanding definition of what could be considered sculpture, and ultimately is what the exhibit was about. Keith Jentzsch’s piece "2 x 4", which featured a collection of building materials, really expounded on this idea. He presents the materials as they are, along with the uninitiated artistic creation of a final piece. He raises the question of where, in fact, the artwork is found; it is not just in a finalized object, but also in the process and contemplation by the artist.
The ideas, theories and viewpoints presented, offered something for every taste, with contemplative pieces being balanced by playful works. Amy Reckley’s piece, "Gleen/Sweep", at first appearance seems to be merely a 2-dimensional work, similar to a collage, however the meaning is expanded when the visitor learns that the form was a replication or map of the room’s dimensions, and the debris attached to the surface, the effluence from the floor, in effect replicating the space in a secondary way, giving an awareness of one’s presence and perceptions of the time and space in which the work exists. Martin Mayer’s, "Make a Buck", was a fun interactive work that allowed the visitor an alternative way to think about our currency and the perceived value one assigns to random objects. Frank Stanley’s fish, "Steve", was a comic play on human relations with an object, and offered a first hand view through the ongoing monologue of how an object may perceive our dealings with it.
Over all, the successful exhibit was quite enlivening, with art making going on by visitors at two places, and the variety and scope of included styles and mediums expanding the definition of what can be called sculpture today.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
This blog will be continue over be updated over the next few weeks with pictures of each of the installations... So stay tuned, there is still more to come.
As you can see, the children in attendance loved being part of the experience so you know the adults did too.
Both our online and local communities are to thank for our big success! We sincerely appreciate all your encouragement & support.
See more pictures of the event on our Facebook page or on Flickr.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Curtains were created for the space, the last interview for our brochure was conducted and Rachael Browning began installing her piece for the exhibit while participants assisted. From home Flickr sets were pieced together in order to document the process we've gone through, e-mails were gathered, images sifted through to strengthen our online presence and loads of twittering took place! Quite a lot to do and yet we are truly grateful for all the support we've garnered from both our local and online communities which are great sources of encouragement. We appreciate you all, there is a lot to be thankful for this year!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
My name is Kathy Webb, a participant of Front Range Community College’s Museum & Gallery Studies Program, exploring the evolving definition of sculpture using objects, conceptual ideas, and social media. I am completing an independent study in art criticism and theory and would like to invite you to comment on our collective project Object, No Object: Sculpture of Ideas. We are not only curating concurrent on-line and site/time specific exhibits but also hopefully facilitating a public dialogue about the very nature of contemporary art, it's direction, and the commentary it makes on a digitally enhanced, hyper-modern society
I am particularly interested in the developing discourse of what drives interest, audience and the artist. Which is more important the product (object) or the recognition of the process (non-object)? This very question, I believe, is the crux of where the current debate sits among artists, critics and academics alike.
I would like to ask you what you believe are the most significant changes to occur in art in the last 100 years and how the audiences’ appreciation has also changed.
I sincerely appreciate your time & consideration.
FRCC Museum & Gallery Studies
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. John was back for a very short time before he had to travel again to new york and miami. I'm sorry but he will not be able to comment on your project because of his overwhelming travel and exhibition schedule. He sends he best wishes for your project.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Today artist Sarah Vaeth began her installation and we invite our audience to visit our Facebook page to see how this work progresses over the next few weeks.
|Gridding Off The Wall|
|Mapping Out the Design|
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
- Rachael Browning
- Keith Jentzsch
- Martin Mayer
- Elizabeth Morisette
- Amy Reckley
- Frank Stanley
- Sarah Vaeth
In addition, Michael designed the badges currently being displayed on our Facebook page and on the Twitter account associated with this project.
Contact Michael at: firstname.lastname@example.org
ARTiculation intends over the next month to introduce you to the artists invited to the exhibit allowing the audience to approach the work with new insight into a variety of individual artistic processes. Comments and questions are highly encouraged in hopes of engaging our audience in discourse related to the evolution of sculpture.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I don't have to tell you that it's a tough job market out there. The economy has been rough for everyone and museums, archives, libraries, and many other art and collection based jobs have been put through the wringer when it comes to budget cuts, layoffs, program cuts, etcetera. If you're starting in the curiosity phase of pursuing a job and education in a libraries, archives, or special collections field it is good to be realistic when looking at what the job market looks like now, and in the future. I have high hopes, history, and some factual based projection that the economy will continue to grow back, and the profession will continue to grow as it has been since its inception. In fact, when looking at the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2011 edition for Archivists, Curators and Museum Technicians, you'll see the profession is projected to grow a faster than average 20% by 2018. The statistics for Librarians are also expected to grow at least 8% and job competition to be favorable to potential employees as many librarians retire in the coming years.
This post aims to educate and help provide you vital references no matter what phase of the profession you are in.
Would you like a job at the Smithsonian? All Smithsonian jobs go through the USAjobs.gov website, where you will also find library, archives, and special collection jobs with the National Park Service, the Army, the National Archives, the Library of Congress and many other federal institutions.
See their site for more information! Excellent resources:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The site specific exhibition of Object, No Object will be at the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art www.fcmoca.org
Stay tuned for information on invited artists!
Please read some of the posts here and share your thoughts regarding your studio practice as a sculptor and what you think is important in the field at this time. We have been hearing from some folks internationally as well as nationally...let us know what is happening in your part of the world and what part of the world it is!
Monday, October 11, 2010
"I bought something from the website (total with shipping $3.55 USD) - and the payee on the account was andraz begus, who I googled of course. He is indeed an unknown Slovenian artist. So this would require Hirst to do a rather elaborate double agent type of impersonation. I just don't think he would bother with that merely to chat with the hoi polloi. He would have to be shockingly bored with his life of untold wealth and would have to be vastly different from the person he seems to be to go to those lengths... IMHO. And I think this guy has done a pretty good job of appearing like Hirst's less evil twin...."
"did a little digging on the @hirstdamien Twitter account and found out it is being maintained by Andraz Begus, who is indeed from Slovenia."
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Lucy Lippard and John Chandler write the essay The Dematerialization of the Art, published in
the February 1968 issue of Art International.
An excerpt: “During the 1960’s the anti-intellectual, emotional intuitive processes of art-making characteristic of the last two decades have begun to give way to an ultra-conceptual art that emphasizes the thinking process almost exclusively. As more and more work is designed in the studio, but executed elsewhere by professional craftsmen, as the object becomes merely the end product, a number of artists are losing interest in the physical evolution of the work of art. The studio is again becoming a study. Such a trend appears to be provoking a profound dematerialization of art, especially art as object, and if it continues to prevail, it may result in the object’s becoming wholly obsolete.
The visual arts at the moment seem to hover at a crossroad that may well turn out to be two roads to one place, though they appear to have come from two sources: art as idea and art as action. In the first case, matter is denied, as sensation has been converted into concept; in the second case, matter has been transformed into energy and time-motion.”
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Your feedback is extremely helpful and enables us to learn about how to best maximize our digital footprint.
This is also why there is another part to the title of our exhibit "Sculpture of Ideas." It is our attempt to engage in an emerging conversation of what drives interest, audience and the artist. Which is more important the product (object) or the recognition of the process (non-object)? This very question, I believe, is the crux of where the current debate sits among artists, critics and academics alike. I also believe as curators it is our sole responsibility to present the discourse, not only in a visually stimulating manner, but also without bias.
The delegation of duties and basic logistics, such as the space, were eventually hammered out. However because of the difficulty we are having trouble articulating our curatorial perimeters given the nature of how we are tackling this debate (which is in an exhibit) ; the statement, artist call and invitations will eventually develop once we all have had a chance to meditate on the various ways to approach this topic.
We are not only curating concurrent on-line and site/time specific exhibits but also hopefully facilitating a public dialogue about the very nature of contemporary art, it's direction, and the commentary it makes on a digitally enhanced, hyper-modern society.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
This week I've been trying to allow all particpants in Museum Studies the opportunity to Twitter, however since the site was hacked earlier this week I changed our password in order to ensure our safety on-line. Hope y'all don't mind too much & had the opportunity to experience how the social networking site works, if not already familiar with the process.
I found a place that might be interested in holding a "art reception" for us either the first Friday or second Friday in December, Momo Lolo in Campus West. Please stop by and check it out if you haven't been there before and I think we can fit 6 sculptures or happenings in the space quite nicely. Please understand I'm only offering this up as a suggestion since we had once talked about the coffee shop idea.
I'll be working on the blog some more this weekend to include Amy's ideas that she sent me via e-mail and post a call to artists once I get it approved by Jennie & Karl.
I also created a profile @ Saatchi Gallery On-line under my name & Front Range Community College. I used the same picture I've been using in all our stuff so far, just as an attempt to create some sort of visual identification with the genral public until it changes for the show or if I ever run across someone who is more of a graphic designer than myself. I also used our mission statement ( as it stands right now) for the section where it says "tell us about yourself," because this is suppose to be about us as a community curating, discussing, etc. I just couldn't figure out how to list Museum Studies rather than a single person, so I'll be working that as well.
Please let me know if you have any more suggestions & enjoy your museum experience tomorrow!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
We, Museum Studies students @ Front Range Community College, are exploring the evolving definition of sculpture in Contemporary Art through objects, conceptual ideas and social media; can you comment on how you believe Contemporary Art is changing and how this is affecting both museums and the art market?
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
*Is the exhibition space still needed if we have the ability to have a show on-line, reach a greater audience without the price of admission? What are the advantages/ disadvantages?
*How would you define sculpture considering how far Contemporary Art has progressed?
Thursday, September 16, 2010
So are we acting as artists/ curators or it that still TBA? I wanted to work the quantum physics principle that "the very act of observation changes that which is being observed." But am I the artist, curator or the sculptor? I would love to have us act as all... I welcome the opportunity to consider this project from all angles & would like to get others opinions on this.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Hi Jennie. Thanks for the email!
I would be more than happy to help you with your project and I can work with the owner to get the dates worked out.
There are few hurdles to keep in mind:
_________________________________1. We have done exhibits in there before:
Since then however, the owner of the building has moved a lot of furniture into the main rooms that you see in those pictures. We would need to move the furniture and and clean the main rooms. It would take a lot of work to get the rooms ready again.
_________________________________2. Lighting is always a challenge because electricity is always a challenge. We always scrape by with Christmas and construction lights, but it is definitely not museum quality.
_________________________________3. The building has no heating or insulation. December would be a very cold time to exhibit. The shows that we have done there were in October, and even that was pushing it.
_________________________________4. The room that is best for displays has some pretty severe leaks in the roof. When we have snowstorms, then sunshine, which often happens in December, we often have waterfalls.
_________________________________5. There is a lot of wildlife in the building (cats, raccoons, and skunks). We have left artwork in there before, but it is something of which to be aware.
Also, it is difficult to really lock the building up all that well. Security is always an issue._________________________________6. Events at the building are always a little more difficult than other buildings because the Feed and Grain does not meet modern fire safety standards. Usually this limits the number of people that can be in the building to 50.
I'll help you if you really want to try to make it happen. Let me know what you think.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I am a member of Generation X, just so you have some idea of what filters may be clouding my perspective, and I find myself struggling to find exhibitions and/ or artists that speak to my direct experience of growing up with MTV, microwavable dinners, divorced parents and Madonna while simultaneously acknowledging the impact of 9/11 and the socioeconomic and political aftermath it had on all of us the world over.
My senses are routinely assaulted with flash images, sound bites and video clips however my intellect is crying out to be stimulated. I can name only a handful of artists who currently meet this criteria; so where are the exhibits that are informative, educational, socially aware and directly responsible to the communities in which we serve while paying due respect to the timeline and heritage that precede their efforts?
I've heard the contemporary age of art referred to as "post post-modern" or even "hyper-modern", but how would all of you define it?
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Loveland is certainly well known for its sculptural arts, with the big show in the August and the number of sculptors and forges in the area. 3-D works are also very obviously objects, occupying space as they do. To play off these long held notions, and local traditions, (and hoping to secure the Art Lab Loveland as our venue), we will present the same sculptural works we chose to include, as non-objects as well; so each piece in the exhibit will actually consist of two parts, the object and the non-object interpretation. This will be accomplished through a collaboration between the sculptor and the curator, (six pairs).
I can forsee many options of intrepretating the objects, with sound, light, text, spoken or recorded words, space, performance etc. By seeing an object and an abstraction of that object, how does one gain perspective about the art? By considering the various ways of looking at objects, do we as viewers gain knowledge of the same object and a new way of thinking about art? Time will tell...
* Individual pages to track each curator & sculptor pairing?
* Please let me know if any of you would like to contribute something, notes or otherwise concerning our mission statement for the show/ blog
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
My Museum and Gallery Studies II group has come up with an exhibition idea for their required exhibition in December. They are interested in partnering with sculptors, in particular,
grad students from CSU's sculpture department. Each student curator would be paired with one sculptor the topic and title of the show: Object, No Object: Sculpture of Ideas. Below is our website which will document our entire process.
The students are exploring the de-materialization of the object in the 21st century. We anticipate doing an actual show at the Loveland Artlab ( we are awaiting confirmation from them). Five or six works by the sculptors... key to this is....is there going to be an object or not? Something to be decided upon by the curator and sculptor. Is the sculpture material? Does it take on a digital form? hmm....
Grad students in sculpture at CSU are our first choice. Please let us know your thoughts as soon as possibile so we can move in a different direction as need be....Interested students can contact the curators directly thru the blog. We are in real time... building the plane and flying it simultaneously!!!
After looking at the website please feel free to ask questions. We would like folks to respond entirely on line thru the website we are considering this as a a form of sculpture as well.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
2. Blog will be used by all curators as real time conversations to document process of exhibition. i.e all on line conversations concerning show will be on blog so all can read and participate. This documentation may be used as part of exhibition.
note: Kathy M will start by participating in conversations on line, just logging onto site. She will participate as administrator within the next two weeks.
3. New blog title: Object, No Object: Sculpture of Ideas
This is the title of the exhibition (done)
4. Looking at Loveland Artlab - Laura and Aimee ( will let us know, via blog)
5. Each curator works with one sculptor to explore topic
6. Looking at Lucy Lippard's Dematerialization of the Object - Kathy ( will let us know,via blog)
7. Remember general laws of courtesy when blogging.( not that others who blog do...I am holding curators to a higher standard)
8. Everyone sends K Dub their stream of conscious notes from 9/4 class ASAP. K-Dub uses these to put together an opening statement for the blog that talks about the curatorial philosophy/mission/inspiration going into the project. All need to view this on line and make addition's subtractions online as administrators.
9. First Choice for sculptors will be graduate students from CSU Sculpture dept. ( we can expand this to other three dimensional work)
10. Contact Keith to see if he is interested - Jennie ( will let you know on blog)
12. One piece of work is created ( or not) based on the theme for each pair.Curator and sculptor work together conceptually. There should be a size limitation. We can think on that.
13. Be sure we all sign up to get the blog so we can see postings as soon as they arrive.
14. Please post this on the blog. (check)
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010