Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Summer Catch Up

Alright! With the school year right around the corner, I think it's time to get back in the habit of updating this thing regularly. Lots of cool stuff to catch up on from the end of last year but first, here's some of what I got to see while up in NY for the summer.

Tim Hawkinson - I was really glad I got to see this; he's definitely one of my favorite artists. He makes these very complex mechanical pieces using all different kinds of materials. This show was called One Man Band. In it, he set up an installation of several of his contraptions. When someone walked up to one of them, it was triggered to make some type of repetitive noise (motion sensor, I think). The  white stringy thing hanging from the ceiling (above) is dripping water into buckets with tin pans in them. The show became fun when several people entered the gallery a few minutes after me... a very odd sort of melody started to emerge.

Here's another one with a coleman water cooler with screws all around  the outside. It spins and plucks the metal strips... kind of like a music box I guess.
I love stumbling on awesome stuff in Chelsea. I need to find what I did with my notebook to look up the artist's name. The pictures definitely don't do this one justice.


Another good one. Planning on using her for a lesson but I need to find her name first. I'll update this when I do.


Then there's Picasso at the Met. 

Walking through the sculpture garden.
Second graders should be able to tell me about these :)

Chuck Close 

Damien Hirst  (insert jaws music)

And to finish off the post, here are some classics that my students should know! Extra credit maybe? :)

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