Sunday, May 1, 2016

2 wheels/3 wheels

assimilation: mike lyon

Mike Lyon drove up from Kansas City today to deliver three prints for the exhibition entitled Assimilation that I am co curating with Nicole Jacquard. I was so pumped to meet Mike in person. We had a great time talking and I have a feeling that we are cut from the same fabric. I have been following Mike's work since I first became interested in CNC machining/routing. He uses a Shopbot CNC router to create the prints/drawings you see here. Some of these drawings take many weeks to draw as they are made up of a singular drawn line. They are insane in person! You just have to see them close up to truly appreciate the detail. I am just happy that Mike was willing to be in the show (and drive up to deliver) since we had no budget for shipping. I am so grateful for his work and his time.

I look forward to more work making it's way to the Kenilworth 3rd floor gallery as I install the show. It should be a cool exhibition!

assimilate |əˈsiməˌlāt| verb [ with obj. ] 1 take in (information, ideas, or culture) and understand fully 2 absorb and integrate (people, ideas, or culture) into a wider society or culture:

Assimilation is an exhibition that focuses on the idea of digital craft. For this exhibition, curators Frankie Flood and Nicole Jacquard compiled a group of artists whose work demonstrated an integrated use of digital techniques with that of traditional craft processes and fully assimilate the digital with traditional forms of making.
Displayed are works that were created by taking full advantage of all forms of computer technology including; Rapid Prototyping, Computer-Aided Design, 3D Scanning, laser cutting and engraving, and subtractive processes such as Computer Numerically Controlled routers and mills. The hand of the computer, however, should not necessarily be evident at first glance, and in some ways this exhibition is also the anti-digital exhibition as selected artists, designers, and craftspeople seek to fully absorb and understand how analog influences informs the digital to create work that might be categorized as digital craft.
Overall the work presented investigates the future of craft and the implications of merging traditional craft with digital processes and how these hybrid objects inform the age in which we live.
Frankie Flood & Nicole Jacquard

Saturday, April 30, 2016

dcrl artsECO meetup

Two weeks ago, I hosted the ArtsECO April MeetUp in the DCRL. I taught Rhino, vinyl cutting, and aluminum etching demos. There was a very great turnout of local Art Education teachers. There were many in the group that I taught in Intro to Jewelry many years ago, so it was so good to reconnect. There was a ton of interest in the DCRL and the projects that my students are working on and several teachers have made plans to bring their students through the DCRL before the end of the semester. 

becky at infosys conference

Digital Fabrication + Design and Arts Tech senior Becky Yoshikane went to the Infosys Confluence 2016 event in San Francisco to share information about the Infy Award winning prosthetic leg covering design called Next Step. Becky, Calvin Rupnow, Fred Kaems, and Sara Shuler were awarded an Infy Award and the work was shown by Becky at this invitation only event. Keynote speakers included Al Gore and prosthetic leg researcher, Professor Hugh Herr from MIT. It looks like Becky met a lot of interesting folks. I am so proud of you for making the journey, Becky! For more on the event: http://www.experienceinfosys.com/confluence16

Friday, April 29, 2016

dan neville

I just received this exhibition card from Dan Neville. If you're not aware of Dan then you need to follow him on Instagram. I have so much respect for Dan's work and I love the in-depth investigation into material and process. His practice reminds me of the practice within the Metalsmithing field that got me hooked on creating; a practice that involves knowledge and research that pushes the field of metalsmithing forward through discovery and mastery. His work builds off those individuals who you can find oral histories from on the Archives of American Art; people like Brent Kington, Fred Fenster, Gary Griffin, Arline Fisch, and many others. Seth Gould is a current contemporary Metalsmithing practitioner that I would compare him to (by the way Seth is killing it with his recent locks). He is someone you need to watch out for, becuuse he has the work ethic and drive to do monumental things. I have to admit that I have never spoken directly to Dan, but I encountered him and his work when I went to SIU Carbondale when I went to the Metals Conference there last year. It was so great to get this card in the mail and to see what Dan has been up to. I bet his show is amazing!

Dan Neville Artist Statement: 
The idea of service has become a key concept to my understanding of craft and design, therefore creating objects with purpose or function is satisfying to me. Through the format of the vessel, I am able to achieve this concept and at the same time invoke a greater meaning in my work. Manipulation of pattern commonly found in industry has been a recent interest to me and can be seen throughout my work. Strong attention to handwork and detail aid me to produce a clean uninterrupted piece. 

Dan Neville received his BFA in Metalsmithing at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Dan is currently a graduate student at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and has taught numerous classes and workshops about forming and alloying metal. In the summer of 2014, Dan taught a semester-long class at SIUC with an emphasis on mokume gane and pattern development. This past summer he taught this workshop again at the Steneby School in Dals Longed, Sweden. Dan is currently focusing on creating his thesis exhibition and working for blacksmith Rick Smith.

house listing

Our house was listed for sale this week. You can see the details here or take a virtual tour here. The virtual tour is actually pretty cool from a scanning or photogrammetry  perspective. Feel free to pass this on to anyone who might be interested.

Description:This adorable brick bungalow is filled with original character like archways, coved ceilings, HWF, decorative columns, faux fireplace & beautiful woodwork. New Roof April '16 and all new SS appliances in the eat in kitchen. The huge master suite upstairs features skylights, dual walk-in closets, bright bathroom and tons of built in storage. Other bonus features such as mud room, fenced in yard and rec room. Home warranty included. This home has everything you've been looking for; within walking distance of parks, schools and village of Whitefish Bay

Lot: 4,791 sqft
Single Family
Built in 1932
3 days on Zillow
Views since listing: 539
All time views: 1,423
5 shoppers saved this home
Cooling: Central
Heating: Forced air

Ceiling Fan
Fenced Yard
Flooring: Carpet, Hardwood
Parking: Garage - Detached, 2 spaces
Partial basement, 220 sqft

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

uwm sculpture exhibition

I'm organizing a Sculpture alumni and faculty exhibition before I leave UWM. The show will take place after I'm gone, but I have to arrange everything before leaving so I can hand it off. I met Chuck, John, Pev, and Jeremy for lunch a few days ago to discuss the show. I got to hear about Pev's graphic waterfalls that he's doing for Coca-Cola and for one of the casino's in Vegas. I meet up with Chuck frequently, but it was still really good to see him. John and Jeremy are doing well.

uwm research foundation: 2015 annual report

The UWM Research Foundation recently published their 2015 Annual Report. The DCRL, along with students Fred Kaems, Cameron Bradley, and Kaivahn Sarkaratpour, were featured prominently in the report as the Foundation defines the vision for the new Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship.