Archive for February, 2012

New collection: Gothic Past

February 22, 2012

The Department of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin has developed an open-access resource for the study of medieval Irish architecture and sculpture called Gothic Past. Funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS), it highlights three major photograph research collections at Trinity College: the Stalley Collection, the Edwin Rae Collection and the Moulding Profiles Collection. The images making up Gothic Past have been a primary resource for investigations carried out as part of Reconstructions of the Gothic Past, a thematic research project carried out in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College from 2008 -2011. The project monograph will be published in 2012 by Wordwell Books.

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Artist Mike Kelley, 1954-2012

February 3, 2012

More Love Hours: Wages of Sin, 1987

Post-Conceptual artist Mike Kelley died in his Los Angeles home on Wednesday. Kelley was an unorthodox artist who started his career in Detroit with the proto-punk band Destroy All Monsters before moving to LA to study with John Baldessari and Lauri Anderson at Cal Arts. Kelley, who continued to mix media / disciplines throughout his career, was known for his large mixed-media installations. He had solo shows at the Whitney and LACMA and participated in Documenta X in 1997.
For those interested in exploring Kelley’s work, the VRF has a copy of “Day is Done,” Kelley’s video installation at the Gagosian Gallery in 2005.
Obituaries: New York Times, LA Times, ARTINFO, and CalArts. Listen to “Mike Kelley: a Conversation with Art21”

We’re living in the post-modern age, the death of the avant-garde. So all I can really do now is work with this dominant culture and flay it, rip it apart, reconfigure it, expose it.
—Mike Kelley

Christo’s ‘Over the River’ blocked again

February 2, 2012

Christo’s  project to install 5.9 miles of fabric over 42-miles of the Arkansas River has been dealt another set-back. From the start,“Over the River” has had a number of detractors, most expressing concern over the potential environmental risks posed by the installation. The Colorado Wildlife Commission voted in May against the project. It wasn’t until November that the Bureau of Land Management actually gave “Over the River” permission to move forward.

The latest block comes from University of Denver law students suing on behalf of Rags Over the Arkansas River (ROAR), a group concerned with the environmental dangers that could result from such a large scale project in a sensitive area.  They describe themselves as an organization “dedicated to preserving and protecting the headwaters of the Arkansas River, the Bighorn Sheep Canyon, its inhabitants and the communities that depend upon them. Our founding project has been to formally oppose Christo and Jeanne Claude’s “Over the River” project. This project involves suspending horizontal fabric panels within a 45 mile stretch over the Arkansas River’s Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Hence the name ‘Rags Over the Arkansas River.'”

Christo, who is hoping to complete “Over the River” in August 2014, is required to put several mitigation measures into place for local wildlife including bighorn sheep and birds. (source: “University of Denver Law Students Sue to Block Christ’s ‘Over the River’ Project,” Huffington Post)