Archives for the month of: December, 2011

Get excited because its now possible to take a virtual tour of Masters of the Visual Universe. Check out the tour here or watch the video posted below.  Also, don’t forget to come see the show in person at the DCCA. The DCCA is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Wednesday and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm. Just a reminder the DCCA is closed New Years Day.


There is the great need for social forums on the various dire situations that we face as a species on this planet and art is a medium in which to express the common concerns heard around the world.  Yet, there remains a great divide between the art community and the human community at large.  This divide is one that deserves consideration as the separation of like-minded people weakens their cause.  The ideas behind my work are deeply political, and I want as many people to understand them as possible. Therefore, I have turned to compositions that have stood the test of time to help carry my message.

My process is to collage a new image onto the original composition. The combination of these two elements, new and old, with the silk painting technique, first discovered in 2nd Century India, makes for a fusion of time and culture. East meets west as past meets present.  While some pieces are more humorous than others, they are all telling the human story.

When looking at Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly delights, I was struck by the similarities between past and present, in that there are still so many unanswered questions about how humans came to exist and where we are going.  A year later, I was working on the Guernica Revisited as a reaction to the seemingly senseless nature of war throughout time, particularly the present.  By the next year, we had entered yet another war while the infrastructure of our own nation crumbled.  At this point, it seemed time to look to a composition that is recognized by all of humanity: the composition of the world map.  This time, I wanted to convey a message of peace, a reminder that the majority of the world is merely trying to get through every day with as little conflict as possible.

As an artist, there is an underlying desire for conflict so that my work is able to grow and not become stagnant.   My life goal is to make every ten paintings better than the last ten paintings by keeping my eyes, ears, and mind open to the concerns of those around me.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a post about the People’s Choice Award. If you’ve been watching the poll, you might have noticed we’ve had a bit of a coup. Emily Erb has taken the lead with 48.54% of the votes. Steven Riddle has dropped into second place with 22.51% of the votes. Ted Walsh has managed to stay in the top three with 16.37% of the votes.

Don’t forget to vote, if you haven’t already!

The semester is winding down, and the MFA artists in Towson’s MFA seminar are preparing for their last assignment. Ready to find out what it is?

“The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.” -Pablo Picasso

Invitation to a Debatable Exhibition on the Final Day of Class: December 15, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.: Debate + Curate = Irate

Irate: One Last Maddening Conversation and Curatorial Provocation

Concept: MFA Classrooms Are Rhetorical Devices Where Graduate Students Become Masters of Sophistry*

IRATE will be held in the classroom of the Art Topics Seminar and will consist of a group debate about whether or not art students are increasingly learning to become greedy, hairsplitting wordsmiths who use fallacious reasoning (artist statements?) to deceive people—ultimately for a profit. As an IRATE facilitator, I will designate two opposing student teams who will debate both sides of the argument. Please Come Prepared by Thinking and Doing Your Own Curatorial Research On Both Sides of the Argument. WHAT EXACTLY IS THE ARGUMENT? You be the judge. This is a curatorial provocation

Now that you know the concept behind IRATE, its time to chime in. Tell us what you think. Does the MFA create masters of art or masters of sophistry?

Note, IRATE is for discussion purposes only, it does not necessarily represent the opinions and views of the DCCA or Towson University.


Elizabeth Hamilton, "1991 Brougham" and "Everything Must Go", installation, 2011

I hope you all have gotten a chance to read Anton Vidokle’s article “Art Without Work?”. Remember the Towson MFA students who participated in Masters of the Visual Universe  as a part of a MFA seminar? A few weeks ago, they had to read Vidokle’s article and write a response. Here was the assignment:

Also, in preparation for this Thursday and in lieu of having class after my lecture, please read the attached article by Anton Vidokle entitled, “Art Without Work?” I would like for each of you to email me a one page, single-spaced written statement on your response to Vidokle’s article ASAP (by this Friday), specifically articulating how you interpret his statements about art in relation to work. Please write this short paper using a formal rather than casual, conversational style. This paper should not take long, so please do not stress about it. I sincerely want to know your thoughts on the article.

Check out Jordan Bernier‘s response below.

I think that being a dishwasher is somewhat like being a shepherd. The work does not occupy one’s thoughts, and thus free to think. In fact, I actually think that many jobs are comparable to that of the shepherd, and therefore related to the Greek vision of occupation and a free mind. I started to compile a list of all of the other jobs I had that allowed me the freedom to think. In fact, I’m trying to think of a job that doesn’t allow people the freedom to think while they are technically working. Pretty much any job with a computer is ruled out of the picture. I have never known someone who works at a computer and doesn’t spend most of their time surfing the web or doing nothing productive for any particular company. Just like Warhol’s Factory!

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