VSC – An Art League of Nations

Posted on January 29th, 2014

photos above from left to right:

These inks do not have to be cleaned up every night! They remain open and fresh to use; Stage Prints hanging to dry on my wall. Dry time for Akua is longer than my oil based Charbonnel inks. I will add fifth stage by printing my small collagraph plates in darker ink with a baren by hand; Second stage for a different print; and Mark, the chef at VSC, makes dinner an art form to be consumed with gusto- here is Thai chicken, black rice and broccoli rab)

A full day of printing in my little den. I have about 20 prints in various stages, and I am really crunching to finish them. Some have three layers or more but still need a color mixed with transparent base to unify it all. Or more of the sea life to inhabit the unidirectional design.

I finally got the small spotlight shipped from my electrician friend, but it’s so hot (unlike the l.e.d. strand) that I do not dare put it too near the paper. I also don’t like the heavy shadow it casts. I have not given up on solar lights, and I just learned from an old New Yorker (Annals of Medicine-11/25/2013) article that a researcher at U of Illinois has come up with pinhead size solar panels that are embedded in flexible silicon and can be printed directly on curving surfaces such as a helmet. What a perfect solution! I am going to write him and see if he would like to experiment on my sculpture. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. It’s environmentally better, only perhaps cost prohibitive.

This morning’s studio visit was from Allison Schulnik, the New York sculptor/dancer/animator. We talked about how she choreographs her claymation stories-storyboards and other devices to keep her on track. I could make some smaller models of my piece and try the lighting, hanging, and combinations of color and imagery to see how it all will work. So many variables, but I have to SEE to make my choices.

My full day ended happily with a visit from two artist friends who drove over from Maine: Annie Burnett Hidell and Daphne Pulsifer. We heard resident writers read from new work; I found Assaf Gavron (from Israel) — reading from Almost Dead a passage about a terrorist attack stunning and chilling.


Beside the door to each building, two words, three circles, encircled:
Pax Cultura — the symbol on the Banner of Peace*
We make peace, we are peace here making art-
A kind of League of Nations of the arts, we live and eat and work
And talk side by side without strife, with hearts on fire.

*Nicholas Roerich design. Phil told me the Roerich Pact was signed in 1935 by the US and 20 other countries to protect “historic monuments, museums, scientific, artistic, educational and cultural institutions in times of war and peace.

2 Responses to “VSC – An Art League of Nations”

Sylvie Grenier GlicksteinJanuary 29th, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Alllison Schulnik is coming to the Wadsworth Atheneum next Thursday for a talk about her exhibition “Claymotion” opening there next week. Can’t wait.

adminJanuary 30th, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Dear Sylvia,
Thanks for reading my blog from my residency at VSC.
Minako Shirakura’s glass shard installation was one of the most breathtaking works I’ve seen in a long time. One thing that is hard to convey in a photo or in words is the sound, motion, and light dance that happens as the ambient air currents and people’s motion bring it alive. It’s interesting to think of it made of ice, but it took her 3 weeks to assemble it! It would definitely be a disappearing piece before it was completed.
I’m glad you will have a chance to see Allison Schulnick’s work at the Wadsworth. She presented slides as well as her claymation dance piece to the community here- what an achievement!

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