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My experience at Graphicstudio was amazing. Everyone welcomed me with open arms and I learned something new every day. Not only did I have the opportunity to meet a few artists and learn under professional printers, but I was given the liberty to work on a personal project of my own.
Musical architecture, conceived as invented structures embedded with musical instrumentation, was developed in 2010 when New Orleans Airlift founder and artistic director Delaney Martin, Airlift lead sound artist Taylor Lee Shepherd, and artist Swoon, were considering how to transform the materials and site of a disintegrating 250-year-old cottage into a collaborative space for public art.
While in New York City for the 2013 IFPDA Print Fair, Margaret Miller encountered the work of Sandra Cinto at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. Piece of Silence included cellos and violins painted white and intricately decorated with black ink line drawings, mounted to the gallery walls that had been covered with music staves. Struck with the delicate beauty of the sculptures, drawings and paintings, Margaret invited Cinto to Graphicstudio to make prints.
Interning at Graphicstudio was a very positive and fulfilling experience. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was accepted into the program; I did not know how I would be of any help in a printmaking studio without any relevant prior experience. Aside from a brief tour in a class a few years prior, I knew very little about Graphicstudio itself and its function.
Robert Mapplethorpe is the subject of much renewed interest as the J. Paul Getty Museum and LACMA present complementary exhibitions which form Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium. This retrospective in two parts coincides with the release of HBO Pictures documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures.
During the winter of 2015, The University of South Florida along with the Holcombe family cooperated to fund an academic trip to Cuba. All 15 of the USF Holcombe scholarship recipients, including me, signed up to go. Our purpose was to learn about the culture, academics, and lifestyle of Cubans, both pre- and post-revolution. We also had opportunities to aid in installing water purification systems in communities near Havana.
Have you ever heard of Meet Me at MoMA? Well, we as Honors College seniors and bio-medical sciences majors are trying to create a program inspired by it here at the USF Contemporary Art Museum. For those of you who may not know, Meet Me at MoMA is a community-based art engagement program orchestrated by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
All materials have value. As an environmental engineer, I look for the value in materials that are normally considered to be waste. Last year I spent six months in Minas Gerais, Brazil, working with Brazilian nonprofit Consciência Limpa to develop a prototype for a solar sludge drying system.
Aya Tarek, an Egyptian graffiti artist and muralist, completed a mural at USFCAM during a residency at USF. In an interview with Aya, I was able to discuss the influences she drew from while making her work. Aya explained her interest in architecture and the experience of connecting to what’s around her.
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I was invited to curate an exhibition at the 501 Gallery at Blake High School. Amanda Preuss, a recent graduate of the USF Art History Master’s program, is the new director of the Gallery, and she thought of me because I specialize in Latin American and Caribbean Art at the USF Contemporary Art Museum.
As far back as I can remember I have been roaming through the halls and doorways at Graphicstudio; rolling in office chairs down the hall, building cardboard robots in the Vault, coloring and doodling and making the occasional small print—under close adult supervision, of course. All this time I could never fully comprehend the gravity of the work being done there. This summer, I was able to participate and learn about printmaking and artist collaboration in a whole new light.
Mark Dion was a natural fit at Graphicstudio because his visual art is highly interdisciplinary. His practice investigates museumology, scientific history and methodology, taxonomy, environmental studies, even taxidermy. His exploration of museum practice and installation methodology can often blur the line between artwork and museum exhibit. Dion has worked with Graphicstudio on two projects and USFCAM staged a solo exhibition of recent work called Troubleshooting in 2012. more>>
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