So considering I spend about 80% of my time here, I decided to research into the architecture of the UCR Arts building since it is clearly the only ‘unique’ piece of architecture on campus. I also personally love the modern design and geometric lines. The Arts building was completed in 1998 and was designed by the architect Frank Israel. I found this article about him that stated:
"In recent years, Mr. Israel’s firm, Israel Callas Chu Shortridge, had begun to obtain commissions for large public projects, most notably the Fine Arts Building at the Riverside campus of the University of California.
Mr. Israel was a passionate city lover. In a book about his work, published by Rizzoli in 1992, he wrote about the impact of three cities on his architecture: New York, Rome and Los Angeles. Seeking to bridge the gap in scale between individual buildings and the urban context, he spoke of designing “cities within,” interior spaces with the variety, color and surprise of a major metropolis. In his film production offices, Mr. Israel conceived of corridors as urban streets, leading to unexpected visual experiences. His use of fragmented forms echoed the fractured texture of the Los Angeles cityscape. Increasingly, as with the recently completed Dan House in Malibu, Mr. Israel looked for inspiration to the shifting, unstable landscape of Southern California.”
The UCR Senior Thesis Exhibition for the graduating Art students opened tonight at the California Museum of Photography in downtown Riverside. Everything looked so good on the gallery walls! I was impressed. Swing by if you have the chance, it’s open until June 12th.
Saw this slide half a year ago and almost cried. Even asked Erika to e-mail it to me so I could have it as a reminder to work harder. Good thing I got over those fears quickly :) It’s amazing how much progress can be made in a few months.
I passed my senior preliminary thesis review today! I think this has been my most productive quarter and the most happy I’ve been thus far regarding my art and personal progress. I finally feel like I’m doing something I really love and am excited about!
Each professor had different ideas to share but they agreed that I need to work on things like larger scale and more found objects. My painting professor saw me setting up and insisted I include my paintings with my sculptures haha. I think the paintings complement the sculptures though so that was a good call. I really appreciate the UCR art faculty and how much input they give students.
Here are some pictures from my review and some individual shots of newer pieces I haven’t posted before. These were all created in March through May.
Watched a documentary on this amazing artist Andy Goldsworthy who creates art entirely out of nature. Each piece he makes is temporary and gradually erodes over time. Sometimes they are swept up by tides or wind, which is incredibly beautiful. The pictures definitely do not do his work justice.
I went to this thrift store in Sun City yesterday morning to search for some interesting patterns to use in my sculptures. The area itself was not all too beautiful but I did find some great items. The thrift store I went to has this deal on Saturdays where they give you a plastic bag and whatever you can fit into the bag costs $5 total. I ended up purchasing 28 items for $10!
I HAD to purchase this Village People LP. The cover was too funny. I’m going to use this as inspiration somehow…
Artist Su-Chen Hung's press release for an installation inspired by my parents at the SOMArts Gallery in San Francisco. Currently on display!
My Friends (2010) –
"My friends, Yee-Ping and her husband, Wei, have been very supportive of my art over the years. In acknowledgement of their support, I have recycled hundreds of commonplace objects, all of which were donated by them for my past installation shown in 2004 in Los Angeles, into the background fill of their silhouettes, which are cast against the wall. Each object within their silhouettes has red thread looping around it, or hanging from it."
The red thread is a common theme in Su-Chen’s work and represents her Chinese heritage. She has shown in galleries and museums worldwide and has several permanent public installations, including one in the SF International Airport at the passport checkpoint.
Also yesterday: First stop was Honor Fraser Gallery in Culver City, then we walked down the street and explored about 10 other galleries in the area. I finally brought my camera AND memory card at the same time!
Current exhibition at Honor Fraser is Robert Lazzarini “Guns, Knives, and Brass Knuckles”. The sculptures were forced perspective (warped) and they made me kind of dizzy because you can’t see the whole object straight on. Very cool though. They’re made out of the same materials that the object would normally be made out of and they are the same weight. The gallery walls were altered so that they were tilted which throws you off balance even more.
Tiny door that says “THE WRONG GALLERY” lol! So Alice in Wonderland.
Yesterday: Hour long talk with the artist Nathan Redwood about his art practice and paintings that are up at Michael Kohn Gallery. He developed some unique techniques that manipulate acrylic paint in crazy ways.
On Saturday we went on a class field trip to UCSD to view the Stuart Collection of 16 site-specific sculptures on their campus. Each one was created by a well known artist who does not usually work in the context of site-specificity. They artists were chosen by UCSD to pick a space on campus and propose an idea for that location.
Here are some of the installations that I thought were more interesting:
Barbara Kruger “Another”
Bruce Nauman “Vices and Virtues” (My personal favorite)
Some photos my father sent me from his current trip to China! I wish I could travel right now. He included some of our family history which is something I don’t usually hear much about. He titled each photograph wonderfully too :)
“I took two days to visit Guizhou in central China to go back to the town where grandfather left great grand father in 1949 when he had to go with Chiang Kai-Shek’s army to Taiwan. He never was able to go back home due to the on-going confrontation till about 1985. Here is a photo I took, of the bridge where they said goodbye. Green Rock Old Town is part of the provincial capital city of Guiyang.
It turned out that the Ching family originally migrated from Northern China to Green Rock (Qinyen), then a border fort town, to avoid the war years that lead to the creation of Qing dynasty 3-400 years ago. OK. Now… So our family migrated from Northern China to Green Rock to Taipei to the Bay Area, either to escape wars or to seek a better life, or both.”