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Archive for January, 2008

First of Many Stages…

Comments From Critique:

-Cave looks lost in paws and bottom

-Base needs something

-Japanese puppet show

-Change and connect honeycomb to hamster

-Make something for the back of hamster

-Nice slumped back

-Articulate face!


Coffee filter much!?


Susan Stockwell

344 Coffee Filters Later…

I am in an AWFUL mood!!! Critique today made me more frustrated than I was before I even brought my hamster in. What made me so frustrated was that everyones comments about my weaknesses were things I was thinking about as I was building my hamster. I came in today hoping for ways to fix these things, instead I heard them again and got more upset. Things that have been haunting my sleep include: Should I color him? What should I do with his eyes? His nose? I lifted the base off the ground but people still call it a base!? How can I articulate the face more because I already have made the face with smaller holes in an attempt to articulate it but that is still not good enough. I am lost…..

How did that hamster survive?!

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Georgia Russell


Russell’s work blows my mind! There is so much intricate cuttings and patience involved. I also love how there are not simple random cuts, instead they are used to cut out words. The cuttings bring the books alive and give them personality.  I know the case is probably strictly for protective reasons but I think it does a whole lot more.  The case enhances the knowledge of its delicacy and looks as if it is being preserved for future generations, which it should be!  I am so glad Russell has the book raised like he does and with a clear pole because it looks as though it is floating within the case.

Jacob Hashimoto


I picked Hashimoto because you can take a simple idea of paper and wood and build this huge piece that can stand on its own and be so powerful!  I love how each color panel has its own design and I think Hashimoto has such a creative mind for coming up with all of them.  It also amazes me how he decided upon that particular design.  Even the placement of the black vertical lines are so important, drawing the viewers eye into the ground and back up into the piece.

Yuken Teruya


I love this! Using a paper bag, you can create a gorgeous piece of art. The precision and detail in this piece is very impressive and the piece could not work without either of those two elements. The shadow plays a huge role in this piece because it has the ability to project a different image. I also love how Teruya did not try to disguise the fact that it was a shopping bag because I think the beauty of it is that it is in fact a shopping bag. Teruya uses may different types of bags, even McDonalds, giving each one their own personality.

Donald Lipski


I picked Lipski for his use of repetition, specifically in color, object, and direction. He takes smaller items and brings them together to create a completely different work.  There is also this great fluid motion in it, bringing the eye around and around a million times.  Looking at it in person would be like a ferris wheel ride that you could not get off of.  Wall pieces typically lay flush against the wall but in this case in invades the viewers space, perhaps leaving the viewer uncomfortable.

Don Porcaro


I came upon this sculptor last semester and feel in love with the material, color and just overall playfulness of his work. It has such a kiddy feel to it, you can’t help but smile and remember the days of all your shiny, brightly colored toys.  I probably do have to blame my love for PVC on my Dad though because he is a plumber so I have always wanted to work with it.  I also like the contrast between the smooth surface of the PVC and the rough texture of the concrete.  It seems as though his pieces are little creatures, wobbling through the room.  When they are showed all in one room, it looks as though they are like aliens taking over the planet.


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