Saturday, May 17, 2014

Invention versus Observation and the Role of Memory

This graph dedicated to Nicholas Ward.  His documentary film project on community mural making has taken years to complete.  Good news is that he is almost finished!  We will keep you posted


Artist Approach: Invention and Observation
Artist are always trying to unlock the mysteries behind what makes a good draftsman. Drawing books often linger on subjects of value or line quality. However, good drawing is a long process that starts when we are children and is slowly developed through critical thinking, observation, and experiment.  Kindergartners are inventive and use amplification, distortion, and symbols, while older kids strive for realism and rules. For mature artists, the role of memory is utilized,  using a combination of invention and sensitive observation. Memory tends to recall the simplest structures, while exaggerating characteristics.  We memorize things as brighter, bigger, or uglier than they actually are.

Edgar Degas wrote about his approach:   " It is very well to copy what one sees.  It is much better to draw what one has retained in one's memory.  It is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.  It reproduces only what is striking, that is to say, necessary. Thus, one's recollections are liberated from the tyranny that nature exerts.

Congratulations to all of the graduates!  Here we see artist Brian Hawkins with his cap and gown.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Is it summer, yet?

"Legz for Dayz" by KU Visual Art senior Solace Naeymi. 
Part of the Visual Art Senior Show on view Friday

With this chilly weather, it may not seem like summer, yet. However, we've had some interesting art event opportunities come across our desk that we would like to share.  We're getting mad organized and placing these dates on our main newsroom calendar. 

Mark your Calendars:
Visual Art Senior Show Reception is Friday May 16 at 7:30 at Art and Design. The gallery will have longer hours then usual for this graduation weekend.

M(i)(A)cro: A contemporary Drawing Exhibit.  This event also starts on Friday, May16, and will feature five artists from around the country. Also, mark down  John Paul McCaughey's exhibit starting May 23rd at the Arts Center.  He is the printmaking artist in resident at The Arts Center.

Steamroller Event: A giant bock print event will happen at the Lawrence Arts Center May 30.  These blocks are so big, they will need a steamroller to print them.

Art Tougeau  The art car parade enthusiasts are getting their cars ready for this annual event which seems to get better every year.  The parade will be on May 31.

 Kaw Valley Kickball. Sixteen days until kickball, and summer officially begins in Lawrence when Kaw Valley Kickball starts.  Team captains have already met, and regular season begins on June 1.  Hobbs stadium is waiting for us.