Hoon Lee is the coordinator of Michigan’s Grand Valley State University’s ceramics program. He holds a master of fine arts degree from Alfred University as well as a master of arts in ceramic art and industrial design from Seoul National University of Technology in Korea.
On his website, he states that his performative installation work is in “clay as idea, material, process and concept.” Here is a detail of one of his pieces, Murmur, Murder & Mother: Washed, at the 5th Annual World Ceramic Biennale in Korea in 2009:
To accompany the exhibition, the museum created a wonderful blog with excellent photos, videos, and plenty of information on the history of movable books. “Movable” book includes not just pop-ups, but any book form with movable parts, such astunnel books, mechanical books, and carousels.
This is a “two-pence coloured” print, named for its cost of two English pennies. “Penny plains” have no coloring and cost just one penny. Prints were often purchased by children, glued to firm cardboard, and the character cut out. It could then be used in toy theatre, with the stage and set design often created by the child (though soon these also became available for sale) and favorite plays were acted out, in miniature, at home.
June 23 kicks off the first UArts Summer MFA program lecture series, Food for Thought. The first speaker is the artist collective, SIMPARCH.
SIMPARCH work in large-scale installations that cross boundaries between sculpture and architecture. Often interactive and employing sound, SIMPARCH embodies the current trend of D.I.Y. and reusing materials to create social environments.
Here is some additional reading material, offered through the University Libraries’ website, to help you learn more about this popular artist collective. All found through the article database Wilson Web, the links will take you right to the articles (if you are off campus, you will need to enter your name and library barcode first).
Noah Chasin’s “Off the Wall“(Art Review, July 2006: 46-9) is a brief overview of this “anarchitect” group and their latest installations. Referring to their “punk rock” style of architecture, Chasin notes that this group is best when “they draw attention to the forgotten spaces, gaps and margins of the urban environment.”
In “Skate Logic” (Interior Design, May 2003: 234-235). Cindy Coleman reviews perhaps SIMPARCH’s most famous work, Free Basin. Coleman describes how the artists transformed an abandoned swimming pool into an indoor skateboarding park.
Kathryn Hixson’s interview with Steve Badgett and Matt Lynch (“Simparch,” New Art Examiner, November 2000: 44-6) highlights the creation of SIMPARCH, its earlier works, as well as the conceptual and material foundations of much of their work. Free Basin is examined in detail.
James Pallister’s “Telling Stories” (Architects’ Journal, August 27 2009: 22-9) discusses a giant human head from timber blocks that SIMPARCH created. The visitor enters through the mouth and can climb stairs to look out the eyes into the great wilderness of Kielder Water and Forest Park Art and Architecture Programme (Northumberland, England). Inspired by Celtic spirits who watch over the land, the articles describes the monumental structure as “a mystery that makes you want to get closer.”
“Simparch’s Social Sculpture at the Wendover Air Force Base” (Polly Ullrich, Sculpture, May 2004: 24-5) reviews Clean Livin’, an off-the-grid Quonset hut. It was commissioned by the Center for Land Use Interpretation ‘so that visitors could experience and study the stark landscape and controversial military past of Wendover.” She discusses the construction of the project and its self-sustainability.
French artist Gilbert Portanier’s colorful painterly ceramics are exuberant, lively, fresh, vibrant and imaginative. He has invented his own language in a form that is both figurative and abstract. Fragments of memories, reveries, and fantasies of inner universes all contribute to works that are allusive, suggestive, and atmospheric. His poetic vision is a joyous celebration, his work a sumptuous meal, a feast, a dream.
Kirby: King of Comics is a great retrospective of Jack Kirby’s career in comics, spanning from his early work in the 1940s to his monumental achievements working with Stan Lee at Marvel Comics in the 1960s. The reproductions in the book are stunning, ranging from penciled pages and personal pieces to finished ink and color pages. The book not only presents Kirby as one of the most important creators in comics, but as a force in America’s popular culture.
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Czech photographer Josef Sudek (1896-1976) lived through Nazi and Soviet occupations and pushed on to create a deeply personal and emotional body of work. After meandering through a series of mediums and joining various artistic movements, Sudek sought his own path and picked up the camera.
Often referred to as the “Poet of Prague,” Sudek brought something new to the Europe of his time. Relying on intuition and his knowledge of fine art, Sudek followed his “ingenious eye” into a world of photography unlike anything ever seen before or since.
If you are a dance major, or just love dance, be sure to check out the UArts Libraries’ subscription to The International Encyclopedia of Dance. It’s a great place for those research papers and learning more about the dancers and performances your professors always mention in class.