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Build Bert’s head

Using a computer-modeled wireframe head from a previous project, artist Bert Simons “cloned” himself, making a cut-out replica of his noggin to keep around the house. He even provides a pdf so you can build your own. Final version above, beta version below. Via PlaceboKatz.

Artpod.

It was a matter of time: awhile back we wrote about Artstar, art by big-name Japanese artists made available for Apple’s iPod. Now Artnode has gone ‘em one better–ARTpod is offering free mp4 video files of works by artists including Jesper Just for viewing on video iPods. Works by eight artists are available for download […]

artpod.jpgIt was a matter of time: awhile back we wrote about Artstar, art by big-name Japanese artists made available for Apple’s iPod. Now Artnode has gone ‘em one better–ARTpod is offering free mp4 video files of works by artists including Jesper Just for viewing on video iPods. Works by eight artists are available for download or viewing on Artnode’s site.

One question: how did Artnode escape the wrath of Apple? The company has been sending out cease-and-desist letters to companies that use its apparently proprietary term “pod.”

Via Guerrilla Innovation.

Zine Machine

Like the name might imply Zine Machine is a vending machine selling zines, books and minicomics with prices from $1 to $10. It’s located in the University of Iowa’s Library, but you might spot them at a zine workshop or conference near you. The machine has an open submission policy that could get your zines […]

Like the name might imply Zine Machine is a vending machine selling zines, books and minicomics with prices from $1 to $10. It’s located in the University of Iowa’s Library, but you might spot them at a zine workshop or conference near you. The machine has an open submission policy that could get your zines distributed right in the heart of the USA.

The project began as Book Drop, a book vending machine showing the value of hand binding by selling individual kits of book parts. It picked up it’s more contemporary mission earlier this year.

The vending theme similar to the Art-o-Mat project, but focussed more specifically on DIY literature.

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Centerpoints 4.2

Altman passes: Robert Altman, director of M*A*S*H, the locally filmed A Prairie Home Companion, and scores of others, has died at age 81. The filmmaker was here in 1992 for a dialogue and retrospective; read “Robert Altman: An American Maverick,” an essay by Film Art author and University of Wisconsin professor David Bordwell commissioned for […]

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Altman passes: Robert Altman, director of M*A*S*H, the locally filmed A Prairie Home Companion, and scores of others, has died at age 81. The filmmaker was here in 1992 for a dialogue and retrospective; read “Robert Altman: An American Maverick,” an essay by Film Art author and University of Wisconsin professor David Bordwell commissioned for that occasion. Shreveport Times critic (and former Walker intern) Alex Kent thanks Altman for getting Minnesotans right in PHC–“We’re a pensive people… we’re constantly aware we’re going to die, but we nevertheless love the wait.”

New soup for you: Barney’s New York is offering limited edition cans of Cambell’s soup packaged with Andy Warhol-designed labels.

Alienated: The ICA London just opened Alien Nation–which includes our Yinka Shonibare piece Dysfunctional Family–a show featuring 12 artists who deal with “‘otherness’ and ‘difference’ through the language and iconography of sci-fi.”

Centerpoints 4.1

Crate Update: Whenever a Walker-organized show goes on tour, Program Services staff design custom stencils for the shipping crates. Four new ones to add to our ongoing list (top to bottom): Some Assembly Required: Contemporary Prefabricated Houses (now on view at Yale); Chuck Close, Self-Portraits, 1967–2005 (no longer touring); ANDY WARHOL/SUPERNOVA: Stars, Deaths, and Disasters, […]

crates.jpg Crate Update: Whenever a Walker-organized show goes on tour, Program Services staff design custom stencils for the shipping crates. Four new ones to add to our ongoing list (top to bottom): Some Assembly Required: Contemporary Prefabricated Houses (now on view at Yale); Chuck Close, Self-Portraits, 1967–2005 (no longer touring); ANDY WARHOL/SUPERNOVA: Stars, Deaths, and Disasters, 1962–1964 (no longer touring); and Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980–2005 (on view at the Whitney).

Artist news: Tacita Dean won the 2006 Hugo Boss Prize, while Damien Hirst, putting his net worth at “more like 100m,” curates from his own collection.

Baldessari and bowler hats: Puffy blue clouds painted on the floors, museum guards wearing bowler hats, a Vija Celmins comb sculpture paired with Rene Magritte’s painting of a giant comb: that’s what LACMA got when they asked John Baldessari to design the exhibition Magritte and Contemporary Art.

Inflatable studio: Rocketboom interviews Huong Ngo in her pop-up art studio atop an NYC rooftop.

Civic Studio: The “civic studio” project takes Ngo’s notion an additional step, offering groups of 8 to 12 artists temporary space in public to facilitate lectures, artmaking, and demonstrations, with the aim of engaging “in the study and cration of civic forms through visual means.” (Via Free Soil.)

How to Make a Sock Monkey: Plans here; inspiration here.

Bookshelf: By Hand

From the meat dress mentioned here to the sock monkey dress here, I’m going to keep the craft theme alive with a look at the new book By Hand: The Use of Craft in Contemporary Art. In the catalogue for the UK Crafts Council’s 2004 exhibition Boys Who Sew, curator Janice Jeffries defines the term […]

byhand.jpgFrom the meat dress mentioned here to the sock monkey dress here, I’m going to keep the craft theme alive with a look at the new book By Hand: The Use of Craft in Contemporary Art. In the catalogue for the UK Crafts Council’s 2004 exhibition Boys Who Sew, curator Janice Jeffries defines the term ” to craft”:

As a verb, though, “to craft” seemingly means to participate in some small-scale process. This implies several things. First, it affirms the results of involved work. This is not some kind of detached activity… To craft is to care… [It] implies working on a personal scale–acting locally in reaction to anonymous, globalized, industrial production…

Artists that come to mind immediately are Robert Gober, who hand-makes replicas of everything from a kitchen sink to tissue boxes, and Kiki Smith, who’s featured in By Hand. That book, inspired in party by Jeffries’ definition, features innovative and unexpected uses of craft in contemporary art, accompanied by first-person statements by each artist. One such artist is Rob Conger whose art–latch-hook rugs like the ones he made as a youth–focuses frequently on the mediated dreams of money: he’s done yarn homages to lottery lines, The Price is Right, and Alan Greenspan, to name a few. (“We confuse our desire for beauty with our desire for money,” he writes.)

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Rob Conger’s The Big Wheel, woven acrylic thread on quarter-inch mesh, 1999

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Rob Conger, Powerball Line, woven acrylic yarn on quarter-inch canvas mesh, 1998

Not unlike Kara Walker’s transformation of the stately craft of black-paper silhouettes into shocking exposes on race and gender, Kent Hendricksen takes found tapestries and embroiders in ropes and hoods “turning light-hearted

innocence into dark vignettes of sadism and emotional aggression.”

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Kent Henricksen, Lady Lovers (The Secret), embroidery thread on woven fabric mounted on wood, 2004

Robyn Love, whose guerrilla knitting projects have included a gravestone cozy, created a Memorials project, in which she knit what she felt were missing elements of objects and structures like a bus shelter and World War I statue. “My cozies were intended to obscure the thing that was already obscuring the original person or event.”

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Memorial: The Doughboy (installed in Doughboy Plaza, Woodside, NY), knit wool, 1999

Found on mnartists.org: Sock Monkey Dress

The Walker/McKnight site mnartists.org is a treasure trove of weird and well-produced art. Case in point, the curious couture of Northeast Minneapolis’ Rebecca Yaker. An artist and entrepeneur (and Minnesota Rollergirl), her portfolio includes an un-Prom dress made from sock monkeys, an entire outfit crafted from “toy foods (tomatoes, cheese slices, roast beef, white bread, […]

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The Walker/McKnight site mnartists.org is a treasure trove of weird and well-produced art. Case in point, the curious couture of Northeast Minneapolis’ Rebecca Yaker. An artist and entrepeneur (and Minnesota Rollergirl), her portfolio includes an un-Prom dress made from sock monkeys, an entire outfit crafted from “toy foods (tomatoes, cheese slices, roast beef, white bread, bologna, hamburgers, and lettuce), clear vinyl, and plastic coated metal,” and this sweet Fruit Roll-Up Western Shirt:

This shirt is constructed entirely out of various fruit roll-ups–strawberry, tropical fruit, and electric blue (not really a recognizable favor, but it’s tasty)–finished with rhinestone snaps up the center placket. It was nearly impossible not to eat my supplies, but somehow I managed not to.

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Centerpoints 4.0

I want my MNTV: Every year the Walker, IFP/MN, and Intermedia Arts curates a selection of Minnesota-made movies to air on Twin Cities Public Television. Only one MNTV broadcast remains–Saturday night at 10 on TPT17–but most of the films are viewable online. Watch here. RIP Malachi Ritscher: While little known outside Chicago’s free-music scene, Malachi […]

I want my MNTV: Every year the Walker, IFP/MN, and Intermedia Arts curates a selection of Minnesota-made movies to air on Twin Cities Public Television. Only one MNTV broadcast remains–Saturday night at 10 on TPT17–but most of the films are viewable online. Watch here.

RIP Malachi Ritscher: While little known outside Chicago’s free-music scene, Malachi Ritscher was a local legend for his tireless documentation of shows by free jazz and improvised music artists; he’s recorded more than 2,000 shows and some of his projects have been officially released by the artists he tracked. On Friday, Ritscher apparently immolated himself on the Kennedy Expressway. A familiar presence at antiwar rallies, Ritscher left a suicide note on his website expressing his sadness and outrage at the war in Iraq. (Thanks, Jesse.)

Brooklyn Flickr: Modern Art Notes points out the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s Flickr site; like ours, it has a lot of party pictures, but there are also some amazing shots of Ron Mueck installing his just-opened show.

Self-deprecating T’s: Archinect has a nice line of new t-shirts.

Interview: Thomas Hirschhorn on Cavemanman

When Swiss-born artist Thomas Hirschhorn visited the Walker last month to install Cavemanman, he spent a few minutes with me discussing the piece, a massive network of tunnels and caves made from cardboard, mailing tape, aluminum foil, and other everyday materials. In this interview, he discusses how his work is a “collage in the third […]

Thomas Hirschhorn. Photo: Paul Schmelzer

Thomas Hirschhorn. Photo: Paul Schmelzer

When Swiss-born artist Thomas Hirschhorn visited the Walker last month to install Cavemanman, he spent a few minutes with me discussing the piece, a massive network of tunnels and caves made from cardboard, mailing tape, aluminum foil, and other everyday materials. In this interview, he discusses how his work is a “collage in the third dimension,” the historical and contemporary influences behind the piece, and how a cave is a good metaphor for the mind.

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Centerpoints 3.9

Olsen’s accolade: Congratulations to Minneapolis videoblogger Chuck Olsen, who created this post for our mnartists.org project, on winning a Vloggie award this weekend. His Minnesota Stories won a judges award for Best Community Vlog. Other winners: recent Walker visitor Ze Frank for The Show (Favorite Male Videoblog), and Minneapolis favorite Chasing Windmills (Best Entertainment Vlog). […]

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Olsen’s accolade: Congratulations to Minneapolis videoblogger Chuck Olsen, who created this post for our mnartists.org project, on winning a Vloggie award this weekend. His Minnesota Stories won a judges award for Best Community Vlog. Other winners: recent Walker visitor Ze Frank for The Show (Favorite Male Videoblog), and Minneapolis favorite Chasing Windmills (Best Entertainment Vlog).

Ringgold YouTube: Art/education blogger Beth Kanter has some interesting short interviews up on YouTube, including Faith Ringgold talking about colorblindness and women in art.

Two from the Times. In anticipation of the Walker’s Kiki Smith retrospective opening November 16 at the Whitney, the New York Times Magazine‘s Michael Kimmelman profiles the artist. The Times also discusses issues of art, politics and identity (quoting our own Reggie Prim) in a Walker-commissioned work by Sekou Sundiata, ideas we discussed here awhile back.

Johnny V: While her review of the Walker exhibition Heart of Darkness was less than stellar–“imaginative and impressive in scale, it’s also creepy”–Night & Day blogger Anne Nicolai did find something she liked at the After Hours preview party, Visitors Services staffer John Valko: “Chief among the charmers was redhead Johnnie V, who works at the Walker and definitely has that certain je ne sais quoi.” (Thanks, Bri.) Also, Alec Soth on the exhibition..

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