Monthly Archives: August 2015

Studio: MAKE Home Work Message for B Group

B Group Homework/ Research
Studio: Make
Due: Thursday September 3rd

Hello B Group!

Professor Green and I have an ambitious first project planned for you. In preparation for our class on Thursday we would like you to gather the following:

200 items

These 200 items are the raw materials for your upcoming project. To help you collect these items we have compiled a list of words that you can use as a guide while you are brainstorming and searching for your materials.

linear fuzzy smooth angular asymmetric
bent bulbous chunky concave corrugated
curly flat forked pointy solid
hollow coiled abrasive barbed bouncy
bushy bumpy dehydrated ductile elastic
encrusted fluffy grooved hairy inflated
jagged knitted layered ribbed rough
sharp sleek spikey swollen thin
transparent woven withered broken bent
dull shiny tough fragile small
polished colorful frayed dense porous

As you are accumulate these 200 items please keep the following in mind:

Collecting materials that represent breadth and variety are key to a successful beginning!

– bring in multiples or a quantity of a certain kind of material ie. A bag of marbles, a ball
of yarn

– dumpster dive, bring in found materials and scavenge around campus and the village of
Alfred. REPO is a great resource as is the Op Shop ( thrift shop located in the parish house
of the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Alfred. They are open on Tuesday afternoons)
– bring in materials of varying sizes


– bring in 200 of the same item and assume that you have fulfilled the homework assignment.
i.e a box of 200 toothpicks.
– bring perishable items such as food, bodily fluids or natural materials that will quickly

** All materials will be permanently altered. Do not bring in items of sentimental value that you do not wish to be damaged.

11221632_885318428208257_5066174562386459044_nAnn Carlson will be giving a free talk about her work on Tuesday September 1, at 5:15 in Nevins! A MUST SEE. Later in the week, get yourself to nevermoor farm in Andover to see her wonderful work. Read about it below.

Doggie Hamlet – a preview performance created by Ann Carlson

Date: Thursday, Sept 3rd 9AM and Friday, Sept 4th 6:30PM
Location: Nevermoor Farm – 593 Lever Hill Rd, Andover, NY
Cost: Free/Open to Public
Sponsored by: Miller Innovation and Collaboration

Recent Doris Duke Artist awardee, artist and choreographer Ann Carlson will conduct a three-week residency/seminar beginning August 15 at Alfred University in Alfred, New York. This collaborative residency with Alfred University students, scholars, and faculty will culminate in two work-in-progress showings of Carlson’s newest performance work, “Doggie Hamlet,” on Thursday and Friday, September 3 & 4, 2015 at the nevermoor farm in Andover, NY.

Approximately one hour in length, “Doggie Hamlet” takes place in a lush green meadow and is performed by four (human) performers, an American Sign Language interpreter, three herding dogs, and a flock of sheep. This interdisciplinary work combines contemporary dance, classic narrative structure, and elements from competitive sheep herding trials. “Doggie Hamlet” mines the territory of human and non-human relationship, delves into the hierarchy of domestication and wildness, and explores instinct, memory, family, and loss.

The New York Times said, “Ann Carlson is a conceptual artist who uses gesture, text, and humor to break your heart.” “Carlson’s work mines the ephemeral and the commonplace towards extraordinary results,” stated Robin Wander of the Stanford News.

Pinhole Files!


Photo by Allison Piedmonte

Wish you had a copy of that awesome picture someone took of you or just want to see what your classmates did this week? Go to the Dropbox Folder that we set up to view and download images. Here’s the link: Dropbox Pinhole Folder

If you don’t yet use Dropbox… consider joining, it is a great way to share files and will come in handy this year in a number of your classes. I’ve sent you each an email invite to join….Join Today!


Work by Sophia Weiss

Tomorrow, the Foundations Students will be showing off the work they have created this week with our visiting artist Lou Krueger! Come to Harder Hall Studio at 10am, share a cup of coffee with us, see some wonderful pinhole photographs, and meet the newest members of the Alfred Art Community!

In Lou’s Words: Processing your Prints

Your paper is coated with an emulsion of gelatin and silver crystals that is light sensitive. After making an exposure in your camera there is –––if you’ve given it enough exposure–––an image on your paper that is invisible to the eye that’s called the latent image. In order to make the image visible your print will need to be processed in chemical baths that convert the silver crystals into incredibly small particles of actual silver in exact proportion to the amount of light they received. Therefore, the black areas on your paper negative received the most amount of light, and white areas indicate no exposure at all. In an ideal image you will have a range of tones from black to gray to white. If your negative is too black it indicates too much exposure, if it’s pure white to little.

There are two basic types of Black /White photo paper; one has a resin coated base (plastic) and the other has a fiber base. For our purposes try the following processing times. (You have resin coated paper, I brought some fiber paper as well…we’ll stick to RC Paper and processing times to begin).

RC Paper Processing

Developing Time              30secs – 1.5 minutes

Rinse                                     10 seconds

Fix                                          2-3 minutes

Wash                                     5 minutes

Fiber Paper Processing

Developing Time              2-3 minutes

Stop                                       30 seconds minute

Fix                                          5 minutes

Wash                                     20 minutes