Art Without Work?
I recently recalled the precise moment when it first occurred to me that I would like to become an artist. I grew up in Moscow, and my father was a self-taught musician working at the circus. Circus artists work extremely hard physically: the amount of daily practice and physical exercise necessary to perform acrobatic acts or walk a tightrope is really enormous. They practice and exercise...
Did You Know?
Biennials are platforms from which independent curators are able to launch their ideas on a grand scale. It is commonplace for museums or art centres to bring in guest curator(s) in order to ignite new curatorial insights, as seen in the Shanghai Biennale, Taipei Biennial, Asia-Pacific Triennial, Lyon Biennale, SITE Santa Fe International Biennial, Whitney Biennial, Biennale De Montreal,...
Erica Prince's Artist Statement
“Utopian Consciousness wants to look far into the distance, but ultimately only in order to penetrate the darkness so near it, of the just lived moment, in which everything that is both drives and is hidden from itself. In other words, we need the most powerful telescope, that of polished utopian consciousness, in order to penetrate precisely the nearest nearness.” – Ernst Bloch, The Principle...
Jill Fannon's Artist Statement
You’ve read the wall labels from the show and what Maiza has said about each artist. Now check out what Jill Fannon has to say about her work in her artist statement below. BubbleTongueRemix is a series of performance-photographs. My goal in building this series was to deconstruct the photograph, allowing it to become both an enveloping structure and a surface-oriented representation...
Artists Talk: Yong Jea Cho
Yong Jea Cho is a MFA student at Towson. He contributed to the interactive video piece, “MFA?” in the Masters of the Visual Universe. Check out what Yong Jea Cho had to say about his contribution to the MFA Biennial as well as his experiences as an MFA student at Towson here.
Whoop Dee Doo!!!
If you’ve read Towson MFA student, Ursula Minervini’s response to the Masters of the Visual Universe, you may remember she compared the work of the Towson MFA students to the the variety show, Whoop Dee Doo. Whoop Dee Doo is a “kid-friendly faux public access television show featuring pre-planned performances accompanied by live audience participation” The show is based...
More Fun Facts
Just another fun fact about biennials from the Asia Art Archive What is ‘biennialisation’? It describes the worldwide proliferation of biennials since the 1990s. For a hundred years from 1890s to 1980s, only 17 biennials were in existence. Today, there are over 60. What drives this phenomenon? One biennial organiser summarises the trend as: “biennials and large-scale periodic...
Artists Talk: Jordan Bernier
Jordan Bernier is a MFA student and Towson University. He participated in the work “MFA?”. Here is an excerpt from what he had to say about his participation in Masters of the Visual Universe. Q: How did you approach this project? JB: Maiza Hixson asked us to consider a work that was participatory in nature, a work that utilized interaction as a central element. When thinking...