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Share #11: Hirshhorn Muesum’s Over, Under Next

Posted 03 Jul 2013 — by Jennifer
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If you want to see the origins of collage and assemblage, and you live in the DC area, head to the Hirshhorn to see Under, Over, Next. Something I had to keep in mind is context–the collages and assemblages in this show are from as early as 1913 (Braque’s Aria de Bach)

This piece by Jess, A Western Prospect of Egg and Dart1988, made me consider the physical  process involved in cutting and pasting, now more commonly accomplished with Photoshop and similar software and applications.

A close-up.IMG_4354

There was something about the presence of the ‘real’ puzzle pieces and other objects-the trompe l’oeil, that was exciting.IMG_4355

So many things were hiding in the image. Today was the second time I studied this picture and I saw entierly new things.IMG_4356

I also was drawn to these images by Jiří Kolář, organized in a visual way, for example in diagonals:


Or weblike structures:IMG_4360

Or vertical lines: IMG_4359

Share #10 Rachel Sager Mosaics

Posted 05 Jun 2013 — by Jennifer
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fracture_smRachel Sager Mosaics.

I wrote a post a while back:…-the-challenge/ about having a bias towards certain materials. Sager’s post reiterates that sentiment and her beautiful and unusual mosaics show what can come from confronting our prejudices.


Share #8 Shelia Hicks

Posted 23 May 2011 — by Jennifer
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Shelia Hicks got me into wrapping a few years ago. It was great to see her work in real life. Go see this if you are in Philadelphia, it is beautiful –the immensity of the work–the physicality of the pieces–does not translate well in pictures.

ICA: Sheila Hicks: 50 Years.



Share #7-Shad are in!

Posted 27 Apr 2011 — by Jennifer
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Something that has become more apparent to me in recent years is the importance of context. What makes a school, a neighborhood, a city–a community? What is particular to a place, and what impact does history, culture and tradition have on everyday life? What values does a community hold, and do they contribute to a sense of well-being?

When I think about where I live-Washington, DC, what I identify with-what makes this city mine–I think about Rock Creek Park. My runs, hikes, bike rides through, and the view from my windows of the park make me so happy to live here. What impresses me is the wildness of the place, in the middle of the city. In one afternoon we caught 5 species of fish (including an American eel) in the creek. There are fox, deer, owls, hawks, coyotes, turtles, frogs and more right in my back yard!

I wanted to post about a unique annual happening-the shad run on the Potomac River, but also in Rock Creek, because it is something I look forward to every year. So…

The shad are in Rock Creek at Peirce Mill in DC today–if you are local and you haven’t seen this awesome spectacle–get down here today or tomorrow! Three years ago obstructions were removed and a fish bridge was installed at the mill to allow the shad to make their annual run to spawn. It is really a beautiful sight, and the history of the shad in this country is very interesting as well. A favorite author of mine, John McPhee, wrote a great book called Founding Fish if you want to read more.









Share #6 Coral reef at Natural History Museum, DC

Posted 14 Feb 2011 — by Jennifer
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My friend and colleague Jessica told me about this exhibit at Natural History. It is a beautiful example of the cross-contamination of disciplines-science, math and art. This immense crocheted coral reef is a tactile example of hyperbolic space. There was a model made of paper from the ’70’s, but it was fragile and hard to make. A woman named Dr. Daina Taimina figured out  in 1997 how to make a tactile model using crochet. The exhibit, and a beautiful little book “A Field Guide to Hyperbolic Space” clearly explains the math principals going on, for those of us less schooled in that area…

Share #5 Alexis Rockman-A Fable for Tomorrow

Posted 13 Jan 2011 — by Jennifer
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My friend invited me to go to hear Alexis Rockman speak at American Art last night–don’t miss this show if you are a DC local (or visiting our fine city).  The museum also offers a free Lecture Series, last month we heard Sarah Sze speak, another standout lecture. Past lectures are available to view on-line.

Exhibitions: Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow / American Art.

Share #4 Art as…

Posted 06 Oct 2010 — by Jennifer
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This is a list made by the artist Ad Reinhardt, of undesirable and  more adequate words to describe art, from a recent exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.: Lists: To-Dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations. Interesting, and thought provoking…

The exhibit is closed, but there is a catalogue from the exhibit available.

Share #3: The Sunday Papers

Posted 08 Aug 2010 — by Jennifer
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Two articles in the Sunday papers interested me today, the first in The Washington Post by Blake Gopnik on Dan Steinhilber.

This is a tapestry, or painting, made from duck sauce packages. I love his use of everyday objects, the often obsessive surfaces of his sculptures, and the repetition of form.

The second article was in the New York Times Week in the Op-ed section, showing work by Megan Barron.

These are paintings of the flotsam that she collected everyday for a year. What I like about this is that taken collectively, the individual treasures become a record of a place and time. A diary of sorts. The interesting part of this work for me is when Barron shares her process:

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved walking along the beach and picking things up — shells, washed-up bottles, children’s toys. In 2009, I started making paintings of the objects I’d scavenged. Every day for a year, I’d come home, lay them on a table and experiment with different combinations, then render the piece using acrylic on paper. The objects depicted below were found on the North Fork of Long Island this year. I chose them both for the beauty of their forms and for what they say about our relationship with — and effect upon — the sea.”

Wouldn’t it be fascinating to have a transcription of the conversation she had with herself about what to select–her decision making process? I think this is something that is often overlooked when it comes to working with materials. Artists must choose what size brush to use,  how firmly to press the edges of the clay together,  what angle to observe and record an object from–every move an artist makes from material selection to concept to technique to display–involves decisions and choices that will influence the final product. These decisions are sometimes instinctual, sometimes calculated, but there is always thought behind the movements that make up a particular piece.

Share #2: Ears that hear

Posted 30 Jul 2010 — by Jennifer
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This summer I have had the luxury of a few weeks away from work and children. I have been filling my days with taking hikes, swimming, improving my fly fishing, making things, reading, and listening. A Washington Post article alerted me to NPR Music and since then I have been discovering new songs, new artists, new sounds! I love getting the Song of the Day emailed to me-and whether I like the song or not, it widens my musical repertoire.  I also think Tiny Desk Concerts is brilliant (check out the Jimmy Cliff concert,  I often cry when I hear this set). Watching musicians play and perform in such an intimate, uncomfortable setting brings a certain kind of life to the music.

So why post this on In Dialogue, a blog about education? Music, art, science, dance, math, and so on ..these are the languages of life. When we stop seeking them out and learning about them, we stop living.

Share #1: fossils

Posted 27 Jul 2010 — by Jennifer
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I love looking at things and sharing what I’ve encountered with people. I also think it is important to keep looking, to make a habit of seeking out and discovering ‘things.’ In particular, as an atelierista or studio teacher, it is critical that I look at art, and at the world. Please post your discoveries! In Fiberarts magazine I saw this beautiful quilt by Diane Savona:

Diane Savona, Domestic Markings #3

Here is a detail from another work.

This reminds me of one aspect of a larger project done this year at St. John’s Episcopal Preschool Washington, D.C., in the Tucker Room connected to a classroom intention of sense of place. After months investigating O Street, the street just outside of the school, children made impressions in clay of key elements of the street to record memories and to have a physical reminder inside the classroom of the place they became so familiar with over the months of research.

St. John's Episcopal Preschool, Tucker Room 2010, Clay Impressions of O Street

These are the trolley tracks just outside of the school on O Street. I love the way the old bricks are partially buried under the asphalt, this reminds me of an archeological dig.

All of which influences my own work, below is “Fingerprints: Front Porch May 2010,” an inventory of everything on my front porch recorded on a single day/time:

Jennifer Azzariti