Archive | January, 2012

What Land Will Take

31 Jan

In Junior Seminar, our teacher encourages us to reach out to our community and be involved with other artists in the area. Last week at ArtSpace, an installation artist, Jarod Charzweski came with a new exhibition, What Land Will Take. If you don’t know much about installation art, it is basically a temporary exhibition that is created and taken down at the location where it is displayed. You can read about Jarod’s concept here. Our Junior Seminar teacher wanted us to go and volunteer to help create the piece the week before the gallery opened.

When I went to volunteer, at first my job was to drill screws through rolls of fabric and onto a wood and cardboard frame that was already built. I only lasted a few minutes at this job, because I discovered that I don’t know how to drill (It’s harder than it looks! Note: do not touch the screw when it is being drilled!).  After my unsuccessful attempts with power tools, I moved on to placing folded clothes on top of the structure. It was pretty tall, and a good part of it required climbing up on a ladder and poking through holes in the top in order to reach all of the surfaces.

Jarod and many other volunteers had collected hundreds and hundreds of used clothes, separated them by color, and then rolled them long ways. These rolled clothes went on the sides of the piece, and folded neutral colored clothes went on top. The end result was a massive structure with beautiful fabric textures swirling all around it, in patterned colored blocks. It drew attention to man’s effect on the earth. Even the structure itself looked like some kind of landscape with rolling hills.

It was a lot of fun to be apart of this art installation, and it felt good to help a fellow artist with his work. It was a nice insight to the life of a professional artist and let me catch a glimpse of what it is like to have a real exhibition in a gallery and all of the work that goes into it.

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Wonderland

24 Jan

You probably know by now that Meredith has a lot of traditions. Some of them are new, some old, some sentimental, some downright wacky. There is one tradition that I’ve been looking forward to ever since I started at Meredith, one that only happens every four years. That tradition is Alice in Wonderland. Once every college generation, the faculty and staff perform the story on stage for students only. It is a complete production with an elaborate set, costumes, even dances and songs! The identities of the cast is a closely guarded secret, so I can’t tell you much more about the actual play itself.

However, I can tell you the fascinating story about how this strange tradition started. Way back when, there was a flu epidemic and Meredith was quarantined–no one could go in or out. Needless to say, everyone started getting restless after a while. Eventually, the faculty decided to act out Alice in Wonderland in order to entertain the students. It must have worked, because they still do it today!

Waiting in Line for Alice!

Waiting in Line for Alice!

The first night of the performance was pretty intense. On Friday, a few of my friends and I lined up outside the auditorium at 2:30, even though the play didn’t start until 8:00! Believe it or not, we were not the first in line. We waited, and waited, and waited, for 5 hours! It was drizzling the whole time, but once it began to rain harder, we were allowed to move our line to the music building. Every inch of the hallways were filled with students waiting for Alice. We talked, listened to music, and some people played card games or even ordered pizza. By the time the doors of the theater opened, everyone was pumped! Hanging out with friends while waiting in line was fun, but actually seeing the production was even better than I had anticipated! Alice definitely goes on my list of favorite traditions!

16 Jan

The first week of school has come and gone, and although I am excited about all of my classes, after receiving my syllabi I am a little nervous, too. This semester I’m taking 3D Design, Advanced Interactive Design, Junior Seminar, the Colton Review, an honors colloquia about Don Juan and one about Astronomy, and Bowling. In 3D our first project is making reliefs out of clay, which should be messy, but fun. The honors colloquias seem very interesting but also pretty difficult. I can tell it is going to be hard to keep up with all of the reading! Bowling is, of course, the most fun. After all, I get to go to class in a bowling alley and bowl for an hour and 20 minutes, twice a week!

 

Interactive Design seems like it’s going to be fabulous! We are learning how to use Flash and will create movies with moving type and graphics. I also know almost all of the girls in my class and they are a lot of fun. This week we had to research movie title credits and find inspiration for future projects. My favorite that I watched is this from the movie Enchanted:

Enchanted Titles

I just love the way the ornate letters grow and entwine with other letters and objects so elegantly. I think the movie has good transitions moving from one person’s name to another, too. It also takes the viewer through a scene that gives a good preview of the movie’s story. I’m excited to learn to create things like this!

New Beginnings

10 Jan

It’s a new year, a new semester and I have new classes and a new apartment. This break was packed with changes, the biggest one being my family moving to another state. Now, one of my sisters and I share an apartment together, while the rest of our family lives a 12 hour car ride away. Needless to say, this is a big change for all of us, but I think we are beginning to settle in. One thing is for sure: I never want to see another box again! Between packing my stuff from home and unpacking in my new apartment and then helping my parents move into their new house, I feel like all I’ve done for the past month is carry boxes, boxes, and more boxes!

 

Boxes!

Boxes in my Old House!

 

Since the past few weeks have been such a whirlwind, it is hard to believe that today was already the first day of classes for the Spring 2012 semester. I started off on the wrong foot this morning when I underestimated my new commute time and was a few minutes late to my first class (I felt bad because I hate to interrupt and usually I’m very punctual!). But aside from that, my first day back went well. I’m going to be learning some fun things in my art classes this semester–I get to use Flash in Interactive Design and power tools in 3D Design!  I’m even taking Bowling for a PE. I’m excited to see what my other classes are like tomorrow (and hopefully I won’t be late to any of them!).