Posts Tagged ‘ Exhibit ’

Final Day at SMdP

…and what a last day it was.  The day was long, hard, sweating, cutting, bruising, blistering, exhausting, and in the end extremely satisfying to finally be done and produce something really beautiful.  Joann, RJ, Dave, Shawntel, and myself had our hands full when thinking about what to do with the site.  3 things were clear, we had to accentuate the procession into our sites, give importance to this little building/pavilion, and ultimately lead to an expression at the garden.  Clear and consise we got to work clearing away years of dirt built up on top of the concrete, broke up and added nicer soil to the planting areas, got plants, made banners with orange and green cloth, and creating path after path.  It took from morning to the last minute to finish the project.  It was beautiful and everyone was very excited to see how much progress we made in only 1 day.  Additionally, one older gentleman was astonished that It look so good because he remembers the days when the area was lush, green, colorful, and well maintained.  To see a progress leading in a direction that was in the past a very desirable space to be in was a true vision in his eyes.  Many enjoyed our site for the interactions and thoughtfulness but behind every move we made.  Although each move individually were only small steps, the whole composition of each of these moves was what made the project so intriguing and, at least in my eyes, very pleasant and satisfying.

Arrivaderci and Siena is next.  Although SMdP had its ups and downs, in the end it was well worth it.  I would like to thank Lorenzo and Julia for putting up with us and helping us with every step.  Additionally, both Lorenzo and Julia pushed for us to immerse ourselves in the project and to just not give up.

Thank you for the experience.

**also check out our group post on our project from SMdP, the link is below**


Live+Work+SMdP=One Intense Experience Day 5

Time for presentations on the stage outside our ex Lavateria. We also had a guest critic who is an artist and also a psychiatrist.  He explained also historical events that lead to the closing of the psychiatric ward and he also explained the conditions patients where in through their mental illnesses.  The critics went over our “word map” that we made of materials we found in the ex Lavateria and other handy materials.  The critique went well, but the next part was that we needed to find materials for the big mappa mundi on the dance floor and expand our knowledge onto the floor.

After a quick lunch, our group set off into the dumpster next to our site for tomorrows exhibit.  We found some really good materials, mainly we found these different color rubber hoses that worked great for our idea of mapping out paths on the dance floor for the mappa mundi.  Need less to say the mappa mundi went well and we covered the entire dance floor, unlike some groups that just “hogged” a portion of it to explain there idea.  I felt our group did a better job explaining our experiences throughout the week as apposed to just abstractly defining one or very few ideas.

It was a long day and we sure did well.  Tomorrow is going to be tough because we only have a day to organize ourselves and clean up/set up our sites for a walking exhibit/conceptual presentation.  Its going to be a long and interesting day.


Key to the City Review

“Must an artwork have a single author?  If we can all participate, who made this artwork?”  This quote was just one of many that lined the cue while waiting for the ceremony for the exchanging of keys.  Yet this one stood out the most because what really dictates the author to the work of art, the person who creates the work or the people who experience the emotion.  What is art without other people to view and experience the piece? Paul Ramirez’ Key to the City completes this task of giving the power to the viewer while also giving people the chance to experience New York City’s hidden “wonders.”

The Key to the city creates a great way to bring more people to important landmarks of New York City, yet is another tool to help bring more tourism and revenue to the city. This concept for the key to the city is not the first exhibit, especially with Ramirez himself.  But the first hand experience was what made this event special as apposed to something cool you read about.  Standing on an approx 1’-6” high elevated platform layered with artificial turf and a railing encasing the podium in the middle of time square, I felt elevated and attention centered.  I witnessed that many people either loved the feeling of being at attention (I certainly did) or others were highly embarrassed from being in the limelight.  Nevertheless, Ramirez brings you power by enveloping you within the city, while giving you the key to unlock its secrets.