Category Archives: Getting Started!

Spring Materials Needed!

Here are a couple things that faculty would like you to gather to bring with you for the first week of class.

coLAB

  1. Please choose the most valuable object that you have that can be given away.
  2. Find a 3 x 5 inch index card (or nicely cut a piece of paper that size)
  3. Neatly write why the object is valuable on the card.
  4. Wrap it as beautifully as you can. Include a bow or ribbon.
  5. All details are important.
  6. Bring it to the first day of coLAB.

For this class you will also need your computer, a digital camera, and your wits.

fuseLAB

  1. A digital camera, preferably a digital point & shoot, or a quality camera on a phone.
  2. A selection of 20 objects that are of:
  • varying transparency ( i.e. fabric, lace, paper, plastic bottles, glass etc.…)
  • varying shapes /sizes no larger than 1ft sq. ( i.e. string, rocks, plants, hardware etc.)
  1.  A selection of 35 mm photographic slides. Can be found in your grandparents basement, junk shops or on ebay. Please bring back a minimum of 20 slides. 35mmSlide
  2. A sharp pair of scissors
  3. Notebook
  4. A new thumb drive, at least 32 GB
  5. 1 pack 25 sheets of Multigrade, glossy, black and white photo paper.  Any brand.  This paper is available for sale at the Alfred University Bookstore.

seeLAB

Bring a variety of small to medium-sized personal objects that you would feel comfortable working from in the studio. And if you have them, some colored pencils.

makeLAB

Please read the following link for the full assignment and the needed materials.

http://makelab2015.blogspot.com/p/tools-and-materials.html

What Do Artists Know?

So what do artists know? Here’s the latest visual project What Do Artist Know by Frances Whitehead for CPI’s Site Projects, New Haven Edition of LEF(t) “On Practicing Culture”

CPI facilitates peer discourse and engagement among cultural producers to foster artistic, theoretical, and critical practices. Learn more by visiting their website.
CPI facilitates peer discourse and engagement among cultural producers to foster artistic, theoretical, and critical practices. http://criticalpractices.org/

CPI facilitates peer discourse and engagement among cultural producers to foster artistic, theoretical, and critical practices.
http://criticalpractices.org/

MELTDOWN!

urlDate: Saturday, November 1st
Time: Noon –
Location: The National Casting Center, Sugar hill road, Alfred, NY
Cost to Attend Event: Free

The Sculpture and Dimensional Studies Department are pleased to support the 8th Annual Meltdown Cast Iron art invitational to be hosted at the National Casting Center at Alfred University on Saturday November 1st.

The event will be open to the public from Noon onwards and will feature a number of visiting artists and Universities, all of whom will be having work cast in iron. We will be running 2 furnaces throughout the course of the day and plan on pouring several thousand pounds of iron.

In addition to the main event there will also be a silent art auction supported by the Alfred Foundry Guild, proceeds from which will be going to support various charitable organizations.

Kira O’Reilly !

SWITZERLAND ARTS ABRAMOVIC (3)Visiting Artist Lecture: Kira O’ Reilly
Date: 6 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 29, 2014
Location: Room 106 C, Binns-Merrill Hall

Kira O’Reilly is a UK-based artist. Her practice is both willfully interdisciplinary and entirely undisciplined, and stems from a visual art background. In her work she employs performance, biotechnical practices and writing to consider speculative reconfigurations around the body.

Since graduating from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 1998, her work has been exhibited widely throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, China and Mexico. She has presented at conferences and symposia on live art and science, as well as art and technology interfaces.

Cosponsored by: The Division of Sculpture/Glass Area, SOAD, College of Ceramics, and Interdisciplinary Art, CLAS with support from the Dance Program in Performing Arts, CLAS, Alfred University and Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn.

Register for classes (should be DONE!)

Purchase Art Kit Materials and Book

Purchase Technology (computer, camera, printer +)

Collect Material Archive

Pack a map from my hometown and an object that is IMPORTANT to me.

Read First Assignment, Bruce Mau’s ‘Incomplete Manifesto for Growth’ (on this site under readings)

Visual + Material Archive

A visual + material archive is a resource that can inspire you, provide materials for working and be a starting point when you are faced with a new project. In a way, you are making yourself a security blanket. This summer you will need to assemble a box of materials for your use this fall. Keep in mind that an archive is for your benefit and should contain elements that are interesting or inspiring to YOU. It may contain photocopies of images, drawings, photos, favorite text or poems, small natural or man-made objects, found-objects, old paper or written materials, or other unusual materials. Part of your archive might also be digital and contain files that you saved while browsing online.

To get started you might look around your house, what is interesting? What is available that you may not have at school? Remember Alfred is a rural town that can be challenging for artists looking for specific supplies. You might also visit a library, browse the stacks and look for images that capture your imagination. You can photocopy these images for use later, take notes on your discoveries, or even make reference drawings.

You will need some sort of box or file to keep your archive organized and portable. You might use an old record case, tax file, a wooden or metal box, or even a small suitcase. We recommend that you keep it compact since you will be storing these in your dorm rooms!

Spend some time this summer gathering and thinking about what you find truly interesting and you will build a great foundation for a creative fall!

Following are some things to jump-start your collecting: (List is for inspiration only. You do not have to collect all of these items, just things that you find interesting. Feel free to gather things not found on the list. Remember it is for you to decide what is important, there is no RIGHT answer to what or how much your archive should include!)

Any old paper goods: letters, labels, wallpaper, stamps, photos, books, bookmarks found in library books, newspaper clippings, pop-ups, cut-outs, silhouettes, etc.

Images of all kinds: nature, art, landscape, photos, patterns, tracings, drawings (own or others), printed materials (Japanese candy package).
Do not include: current magazine clippings and personal photos.

Collections of images (one example: Natural and Man-made Homes: from bird nests + beehives, to mobile homes + castles)

Small natural materials: odd stone, wooden sticks, salt, dirt, butterflies, animal bones, etc.

Small objects+materials: broken wooden parts, plastic rings, toy pieces, unusual nails, fasteners, tape, string, etc.

Fabric and textiles: unusual fabric swatches, leather pieces, handmade lace, knit object, felt, old costume /clothing.

Research from subjects that interest you: Artists, technology, folk dancing,
space travel, games, poems, etc.

Digital images and sounds: images from eBay or other image resources, sounds recorded or collected, old cassettes, records.