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Hello Jenny Holzer!

This is what I had somewhat envisioned for Project ANCHOR!!!! -Text over the face!

(Of course everyone will be smiling in mine)


Let Project ANCHOR Begin!

Sent to the ANCHOR Crew:

Hey guys! Hope ur all winters are wonderful so far. For my sculpture class I am planning on doing this tribute to Anchor if u will but I need everyones help. Please send me a photo of you and ur favorite camper with a few sentences about how they changed your life, how you changed their life or even your favorite story about the camper. If I get enough people to help me and it turns out the way I envision it, I am going to donate it to the office so you can all see it. It really would be greatly appreciated and will not take much of your time. Thanks so much!

Oh and please forward this to any other Anchor people you know!

~Kaitlyn Butler

First Response back ūüôā

hey. this picture is of me and tyler during the magic show. the first day of anchor he was my buddy and I will never forget how much trouble i had to go through to get him to do anything. after lunch he fell asleep because he had a headache so we stayed back at the tent while everyone went to where they were supposed to be at and 5 minutes after everyone left he was wide awake and wanted to do everything but go to where the group was. we stayed at the tent and for the rest of the day he wasn’t so happy with me. by the end of the summer though he would come up to me and show me everything he had and ask for my help. he even played with me on the bus. he made the summer unforgettable with his little tantrums and wheel of fortune and the singing bee.

if the pic doesnt come through let me know and ill try it again but in a different way =)
sorry if the thing is too long you can shorten it

~Kaitlyn P.


To Look Back for Inspiration…


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A Look Into Fluxus

I recently investigated the works of Fischli and Weiss, known for “extraordinary transformations of the commonplace” and Rikirit Tiranija, known for “set[ting] a stage, offering an opportunity or a possibility,” and discovered that these men bring art to a whole new level.

In an article I read, they said Fischli and Weiss’ work calls for a “childlike spirit of discovery which encourages the viewer to look afresh at their surroundings.” This idea got me thinking about what that experience would feel like. Children are very curious about everything around them and feel the need to stare, ask questions and touch. As we grow older we stop this wonderment, but why? Why are adults not supposed to look at something like they have never seen it before and stare in amazement? Some adults have closed the door to their childhood envisions of the world and only focus on facts and what is right in front of them. The type of art that makes these people open their eyes and remember the astonishment attached to seeing something for the first time should be praised. The curtain to a child’s eyes should never be closed, no matter how old they get.

The same idea is conveyed in Tiravanija’s work by not forcing a specific scenario upon the viewer, rather he leaves it open. These three men connect in the way that their art forces the viewers to open their eyes to a new world. Many images seen in everyday life leave nothing up to the imagination, which is why their works are so powerful. It makes you THINK and connect the art to your own experiences.

The Fluxus movement articles I read talk about all materials being fair game for artists. Since prehistoric times, there have been so many different eras and styles of art, and now in the 21st century, what better idea is there than to combine all of these different eras into one. Not only does it go across the board in the art world, but also it is interdisciplinary, incorporating science, philosophy and sociology. “Dick Higgins was the first to name this development as an actual art movement” and coined word intermedia. Like Fischli, Weiss, and Tiravanija, the Fluxus movement has a “playful and unconventional style.”

I think this is a wonderful form of art for this time because it incorporates numerous disciplines and therefore has something for everyone. The public is at a point where they want to make their own decisions and be independent; this type of art making allows that. One viewer can look upon a piece and remember a childhood memory, while the person standing right next to them, looking at the same piece, might think of their dream from the night before. This movement should gain publicity and invite all types of viewers to embellish the art work with own point of views.  Artists to follow should include Yoko Ono, Joseph Beuys, Dick Higgins, and Robert Filliou.

* References:

The Spore Collective Manifesto

The Spore Collective Manifesto, now featured as one of my pages, is going to make such a huge impact on myself and the class as a whole. As I discussed with the class during debates about the Manifesto, I am hesitant to take risks in art classes. This resistance is from my head constantly asking “What will your classmates think of this? What will your grade be? What will your professor criticize?” So in this case, instead of taking risks and being as creative as possible, I tend to ask around for suggestions and get the general consensus about where to go from here.

In reading an article for my social studies education class, I could not help but notice that the article was talking about the environment set up by the Manifesto. It said, ‚ÄúThe more single-mindedly an external goal is pursued, the less likely‚Ķthat creative possibilities will be explored‚ÄĚ
-Alfie Kohn, from ‚ÄúThe Trouble With Carrots.‚ÄĚ

In other words, worrying about grades = lack of creativity!

I was a little nervous regarding the free assignment aspect of the Manifesto but luckily for me “Hand holding is accepted!” I plan to take ideas for projects and just use them as a jumping off point, instead of following them verbatim. Hopefully, this way I can add in my own ideas, creativity and spins on the art work.

I believe the Manifesto will lead to fabulous work this semester because we are raising Sculpture II to a whole new unexplored level and the excitement alone will be sure to produce MAGIC…

And Here I Thought it Was Finished…


Comments from Crit:

-Forces people to interact with it

-Great little hands

-Bad platform and length of dowel (maybe make it vinyl)

-Corners of the platform need work

-Needs “tweeking”

-Have little hamster in monster truck


So my hamster has been haunting my thoughts more than ever today.¬† It was recommended to me that I play up the idea of a float.¬† I like this idea because I also believe it looks like a float but here is my question….is the float and the hamster supposed to have some connection?¬† Someone wrote one of my weaknesses as having no connection between the coffee filters and the hamster so would that only get worse when I added the float idea into it?¬† Please help!


We always have a choice. Existentialism does not stand for any kind of determinism except the one that determines our individual facts (existence)
We choose, and in choosing (in good or bad faith) we define ourselves. Choice is a definition of an existence in the world, towards an object outside of itself.
Choice is all that we have, without confirmation of our act; we never know what was right to choose. The doubt of our acts, together with the contingence of existence, leads to Angst


Dear Sculpture Class,

I am VERY sorry for attempting to use the vaccum vent last night!


Sincerely, Kaitlyn