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another grant

Added on by Jourdan.
My professor Jarod and I recently found out that we will be getting some more funding for our collaborative project that we began last May under a Summer Undergraduate Research with Faculty (SURF) grant from our school. We applied for another institutional grant this past semester, and though we only were granted half of the funds requested ($5000) we will do what we can with the money provided! So... the bubble project continues...

CLICK HERE to read more about the collaboration on my other blog

In short... the bubble project began with a desire to do "something cool" last summer. Jarod and I decided to apply for a SURF grant and it all went from there. Our proposal was based on the premise of a collaborative sculpture project. We decided that the common thread in our work, the basis upon which to collaborate, was our shared interest in and use of the grid. We underwent an investigation of Minimalism, reading publications on the subject, and even visiting Marfa, TX, the "hub of American minimalism."

Jarod and some Judd at the Chinati Foundation, in Marfa

From there we conceptualized the bubble project, a plan for a large-scale, repetitive, lightweight, modular installation that can be adjusted on a variety of sites. We worked together on Google SketchUp to design the bubble module, we worked together in the studio to build the MDF bubble "tool" and then we worked with plastic fabricators to produce the prototype, using a vacuum thermo-forming technique. And that's where our SURF funding ended.

Now, with the MAYS grant funds, we can work to make an aluminum "tool" which will be much stronger and will allow us to have an infinite amount of bubble tiles formed for us as needed. We will use the funds granted to have as many tiles made as possible. At $40 a tile, the $2500 won't go as far as we would like, but it sure is better than nothing! Eventually we hope to do installations using hundreds of the bubble tiles.

lily kuonen's playntings

Added on by Jourdan.
Roughly two weeks ago I went to see an exhibition of Lily Kuonen's newest work at her spacious home on Bogard St. Lily has been my painting professor this past semester and I'll be taking her again in the Spring for Painting 2. Before I had ever met Lily, I had already thoroughly stalked her website and just knew that she was going to be my kind of prof. Her work intrigued me in a rare way, for it was quite sculptural. So sculptural, in fact, many might argue that it's not even painting at all. But that's what makes Lily's "playntings" so incredibly interesting. Playing with the various properties of painting, she turns the materials of canvas and paint into objects themselves.

Lily says about her work in her artist's statement,

"...I want to activate the potential of all of the elements that make up a painting and combine them with the interaction of the viewer. Wood, canvas, and paint possess the raw invitation to explore beyond the notion of a prescribed painting format. In this process the materials can equalize, so that it is not how one material is on top of the other, but rather how each is related to the other."

Lily's work in this old storefront turned living room turned gallery was really quite dreamy. She transformed the space with her enticing and interactive 3-dimensional work. I especially appreciate her attention to every last little detail. The brunch-timed event was complete with mimosas, pastel-colored pancakes and fixin's, and a handmade guestbook with a neon orange colored pencil to match the ratchet straps featured in several of her playful pieces.

As Lily is new to the Charleston area (though not to the south... she got her MFA at SCAD), I cannot wait to watch how her work develops while she's here. I also look forward to being in her class again next semester! She's great as a professor... unlike most of the studio art faculty at CofC, she really wants to challenge her students to be thinking about their work in a greater context, by assigning readings and giving presentations. And she's full of recommendations when it comes to books to read and/or artists to look at. CofC, or perhaps this city as a whole, needs more artists like Lily.

check out more of her work HERE