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Lucy Orta

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm

 Julie Le
Lucy Orta

            Born in Britain, Lucy Orta is a contemporary artist that graduated from Nottingham Trent University. After graduating she focused on sculpture work that emphasizes on the boundaries between the body and architecture. She not only does work with sculpture but also public art, video and photography. Her work has been shown in exhibitions at the Wiener Secession Vienna, Austria in 1999; CAM Florida, USA in 2001 and Barbican Art Gallery London in 2005. Lucy Orta also founded Studio Orta with her husband, Jorge Orta whom she collaborates with in 1991. She has done many works pertaining to the community and the social exclusion, dwelling, mobility, sustainable development and recycling.

            Graduating as a fashion designer, Lucy Orta began working on a project called “Body Architecture” (1994-1998). Which were pieces made from tents that were redesigned as overcoats, backpacks reconstructed into sleeping bags and other prototypes that were designed for emergency “situations”.  The pieces were designed was portable architecture, lightweight and autonomous structures representing issues of survival.

            The studio that was created by Lucy Orta in 1991 was used as a research and development studip for artworks and limited editions created by Lucy and Jorge Orta. The studio was used as for an exhibition for their collaborations and commissions. The studio hired a teamto help cultivate ideas of communication strategies to investigate important themes that they deem important in the present day. Such themes are; the community and the social link, dwelling and habitiat, nomandism and mobility, sustainable development, ecology and recycling.

           Her unique installation work is very inspiring and makes me as an artist want to find more ways to incorporate recycling and environmental awareness into art to give people a different perspective about the issue as well as provide something that was recycled, yet quite beautiful to look at.


The Critical Art Ensemble

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Matt Kidder


The Critical Art Ensemble

            The Critical Art Ensemble or CAE is the collective group of five tactical media practitioners of various specializations including computer graphics and web design, film/video, photography, text art, book art, and performance. It was formed in 1987 with the focus of bringing together many different aspects through the crossroads of art, critical theory, politics and technology. This group has created installations and exhibits all over, from the streets today’s cities, to museums in NYC, D.C, London, Germany, Paris and Chicago, and even spanning across the internet.  One of the works that CAE was involved with that really caught my attention was a video installation from 2008 titled “Immolation”. This 5 minute long video loop addresses the viewer to the use of incendiary weapon on innocent civilians after the Geneva Convention and the Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Incendiary Weapons, were made in October 1980. The video documents some major war crimes that the U.S. has committed involving these weapons of incendiary nature on a macro level by use of birds eye and landscape views, then contrasts with the use of micro views to show the effects and damage done to the human body. In order to accomplish this project, the CAE grew human tissue at a research laboratory at the University of Western Australia, and by using expensive microscopic equipment they were able to view it. The CAE also used film footage of present and past wars that have used immolation against civilian targets as a strategic choice for the sole purpose of controlling and terrorizing a population. The goal of this Installation was to provide a different way of imaging, viewing, and interpreting the human costs of these war crimes, in contrast to the overload of media imagery that we as a society have become so desensitized and numb to.

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David Hammons

In Uncategorized on February 22, 2010 at 1:12 am

Written By – Michael Niblett

Artist – David Hammons

Focusing on Hammons artwrok – How ya Like Me Now

How Ya Like Me Now, the art piece created by David Hammons a New York artist well known for his work themed around African American life and culture was installed in the (WPA) Washington Project For The Arts in 1989. The piece was designed to be a commentary directed towards the national portrait gallery and the absence of important African American figures in it. The text How ya Like Me Now, viewable from the national portrait gallery literally meant if Jesse Jackson were white his portrait would be on the wall. This idea was a great commentary towards the portrait museum and promoted advancement towards the process of racial de-segregation.

The artwork was installed by several white WPA workers along with Hammons. The venue, close to a busy bus stop had onlookers paying much attention to the work being installed. Several people took offence to the project connecting the white installation crew with the white Jesse Jackson, labeling it racist. A riot broke out and the billboard sized image was knocked over.

Jessie. “How ya Like Me Now? Photo.

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Hammons. “David Hammons” Photo.

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Duke Magazine Perspectives. Art And The Black Aesthetic, Richard Powell by Tom Patterson. 21 Feburary, 2010.


In Uncategorized on February 10, 2010 at 12:17 am