Thursday, June 5, 2008

Interpreting Ceramics online mag

I came across this site with a number of excellent articles addressing current issues in relation to the ceramics field.

Interpreting Ceramics, Issue 9, has papers presented at the College Art Association in New York, February 2007. "five emerging ceramicists gave presentations about their work" & beyond to "consider the unpredictable and fluid boundaries that the field of ceramics offers to the contemporary artist." This site, out of the UK, also includes audio clips from the speakers.

Intros by: Walter McConnell, Mary Drach McInnes.
On Function and Content, by Sanam Emami;
Courting Risk, by Linda Sormin;
Conspicuous Consumption, by John Byrd;
Functional Languages, by Anders Ruhwald;
Towards Incongruence, by Michael Jones McKean


Monday, June 2, 2008

American Craft article about the Handmade

In the June/July issue of American Craft, Jed Perl, a painter who's been contributing to magazines including Vogue and The New Republic, calls attention to the need for the handmade. He calls it the Artisanal Urge. When he was talking about Jeff Koons I was reminded of a conversation I recently had with a WARP student who said, "Jeff Koons isn't an artist, he cheats."

Here's the link for the article:

Jeff Koons' Hanging Heart