Fun was had by all at Kidspace’s Merpeople-making session on December 29.Â Â Here some of the participants display their mermaids and mer-gents.Â James Grashow’s spectacular cardboard mermaid (shown above with her school of friends) and Aurora Robson’s recycled plastic bottles were the inspiration for the art project.Â Photos of some of the participants with their creations follow.
Disney recycles, just probably not in the way you are thinking! Â They may recycle old bottles and newspapers, however they definitely recycle animation.Â Artist Oliver Laric points this out in his documentary Versions, featured in our Memery exhibit.Â Take a couple of deep breaths before watching because the evidence may taint your image of the â€śWonderful World of Disneyâ€ť (:45-2min):
Versions highlights the widespread re-usage of images throughout the history of art, so donâ€™t worry, Disney isnâ€™t only at fault.Â However, Laric emphasizes how such recycling of images is iconoclastic in that the art that was once unique loses much of its significance as it is re-mediated.Â These Disney segments are shocking because their originality and individual magic has been undermined, essentially leaving them simply as versions of one another, hence the title of the documentary.
Though Disney is not the only one reusing images and animation, it is quite rampant through their history.
One of the most fascinating aspects of a Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing is that it can never be the same from one exhibit to another.
Every time a Wall Drawing is put on display, a group of draftsmen paint or draw a new interpretation of the piece.Â In following Conceptual Art, when the idea behind the art takes precedence over the actual piece of artwork, LeWitt writes a set of directions of how to create each piece of artwork.Â The directions drive the art process.
Before creating the new piece, wherever the Wall Drawing is currently located must be painted over so it no longer exists in that setting.Â Even if MASS MoCA wanted to relocate one of our Wall Drawings, the artwork cannot be moved, it must be repainted in the new space.
Only one official interpretation of a Wall Drawing can exist at one time; once the previous one has been painted over, the draftsmen are free to start their work.Â The draftsmen then use LeWittâ€™s directions to create their interpretation.Â However, every draftsman and every space is different, meaning that each time a Sol LeWitt is put on display, it is inherently unique.
Check out how varied, and at times similar, Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings can be even when they are rooted in the same directions!
Wall Drawing 146A at MASS MoCA. Â The “A” in 146A refers to the original (146) being white wall with blue crayon and this piece having blue walls with white crayon.
Every museum has a well-kept secret.Â Whether itâ€™s a stolen sketch, a haunted hallway, or a hidden painting tucked beneath another print, such covert wonders are proudly guarded as they help form each cultural hubâ€™s individuality.Â Today we reveal one of our favorite secretsâ€”Phyllis Criddle.Â You may not have heard of her (yet) because we have been keeping her all to ourselves.
Though only 23, sheâ€™s worked at MASS MoCA for 7 years, more than half the life of the museum! Starting as a member of the Art Fab crew, she went from working with hardware to working atÂ Hardware, the MASS MoCA Store, where she is now the assistant manager.Â Phyllis does more than run the store.Â She has created a custom line of MASS MoCA clothing and accessories, embodying the museumâ€™s mission of catalyzing new, bold art, which includes her famed Wilco dress (seen above, modeled on Phyllis).
Her first MASS MoCA creation was a dress crafted from the museumâ€™s logo-splashed t-shirts.Â Completely hand-sewn and definitely one-of-a-kind, the dress was rumored to be purchased by one of the creators of the video game phenomenon Rock Band.Â His wife even appearedat MASS MoCA this past summer, wearing the dress to the Bang on a Can Festival.Â Phyllis also was commissioned to create Katharina Grosse inspired tablecloths, which were draped over every table at the museumâ€™s 2011 Benefit in New York.
The buzz around Phyllis has recently grown ever since she debuted her Wilco fashion line, created out of hundreds of wristbands from the Solid Sound Festival held at MASS MoCA.