“Ordinary Things” by Pamela Beck

I had never thought of the world this way before; never imagined that every day objects and activities could be beautiful, creative and/or thought provoking depending on the context in which they were presented and an individual’s intention. Artists know this intuitively; it’s what they do and how they live.

Pamela Beck

Pamela Beck

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When I was younger I often used to write my shopping lists on pieces of sturdy tree bark I’d find in the woods. (Don’t roll your eyes; I had a lot more time on my hands back then and my sister was a hippie.) When my doorknobs looked empty, I’d paint them to resemble a design you might find on a Clarice Cliff teapot. Leftover pieces of colorful ribbon were curled around cans in the pantry; masses of flowers were hung upside down to dry from a ceiling rack in the laundry room so that it felt like I was folding clothing in Alice’s Wonderland.

This all started because I was lucky enough to take a trip to Paris with my family when I was fourteen. As I straggled behind them on one of our daily walking tours, I happened upon a storefront grocer’s window. There I saw a small wooden crate, about 12 x 12 inches, standing upright but slightly tilted back for the viewer to see its contents easily. It was divided into nine squares, three per row. Nine green pears were displayed in their individual cubbyholes, every fruit nestled in crisp lavender tissue paper that peaked out around each pear. It stopped me dead in my tracks. The ordinary made extraordinary.

I had never thought of the world this way before; never imagined that every day objects and activities could be beautiful, creative and/or thought provoking depending on the context in which they were presented and an individual’s intention. Artists know this intuitively; it’s what they do and how they live. But up until that Paris-pear moment, I had relegated these kinds of experiences to the galleries and museums my parents took us to and had not connected its relevance to my everyday world.

I was reminded of this vital life approach when I visited the Postal Art exhibition, “The Unexpected: Art in Transit” at Ringling College’s Basch Gallery, up until November 28th. Organized and installed by six Ringling students enrolled in Professor Mark Ormond’s course “Contemporary Art and Role of the Curator”, the show began as a call to artists from the International Union of Mail Artists, a few of whom are included in this show (http://iuoma-network.ning.com/). Time constraints turned this into a loan exhibition representing fifty artists, but primarily art from the collections of Sandra Lefever and Sarah Carter.

The Unexpected: Art in Transit, The Basch Gallery, Ringling College Academic Center

On display is the correspondence (the artwork itself) that has been mailed between the artists in this show over several years. Some are shown on the wall or on stands. The most interesting displays have the correspondence dangling in clear frames suspended in the air like mobiles, so that both sides of the Postal Art can be seen. This is a highly effective and beautiful reminder of the art-in-transit theme of this exhibition.

The Unexpected: Art in Transit, The Basch Gallery, Ringling College Academic Center

It’s fascinating and a bit unsettling to view the private exchanges between the artists; it can feel like you’ve stumbled upon someone’s secrets but can’t look away. (Excluding the theme of ‘Save the USPS” which was a common thread.) Usually the artwork made by Postal Artists, is seen only by the sender and receiver. But the show’s curator/team leader, Van Jazmin, describes the public display of this artist to artist work as a “progressive step for Postal Art, ” usually considered somewhat of a “relatively underground movement in response to the Fluxus movement.”

http://www.behance.net/gallery/Fluxus-Manifesto/5136121
http://www.behance.net/gallery/Fluxus-Manifesto/5136121

A letter, a pear, just everyday things… it all depends on what you do with them.

Exhibition info:
-The Basch Gallery, Ringling College Academic Center, 2363 Bradenton Road, Sarasota

The Unexpected: Art in Transit Team: Curator/Team Leader, Van Jazmin; Registrar, Cindy Cherng; Graphic Designer, Kasia Dybek; Editor/Assistant for PR, Jordon Stone; Event organizer, Lauren Burger; Press Correspondent, Andrew Angstadt

Q & A with Sandra Lefever, Nov 14th, 4-6 PM,

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/440169886019040/?fref=ts


To read more about Pamela, view these links:
http://srxq.blogspot.com/
http://whatdogsreallythink.blogspot.com/

7th annual ‘Illest of Illustration’ show at Ringling College

Friday, October 12, 2012 (7:30PM-11PM)
Ringling College of Art and Design – Exhibition Hall

Organized and run by students at Ringling College of Art and Design, with funds raised by the students through various fundraisers and departmental contributions. Planning for the show begins about a year in advance and is passed from student to student each year.

Friday, October 12, 2012 (7:30PM-11PM)
Ringling College of Art and Design – Exhibition Hall

The seventh annual ‘Illest of Illustration’ art show is organized and run by students at Ringling College of Art and Design, with funds raised by the students through various fundraisers and departmental contributions. Planning for the show begins about a year in advance and is passed from student to student each year. This year the show is run by Angeline Chen, Audrey Gonzalez and Natalie Andrewson.

Guest judges are Sam Bosma and John Hendrix.

Additional help from the following students: Christopher Baldwin, Alivya Long, Kyle Katterjohn, Jordon Stone (PR), Daniel Samuels (Illustration), Gabriella Thompson (Graphic Design), Harrison Stagner (Filming), Sean Benson (Filming). Faculty Advisers are Don Brandes and Jeff Schwartz.

To showcase the work made by Illustration majors at the college and create a memorable event for everyone who attends. Also to bring in professional artists who are able to share insight on the industry with students and answer any questions that they may have.

Additional presentations:
Wednesday 10/10 – 8.30 PM to 10.30 PM- Sam Bosma’s Demo, Diane Roskamp Exhibition Hall

Thursday 10/11 – 1.15 PM to 3.15 PM – John Hendrix’s Demo, Academic Center Auditorium

Thursday 10/11 – 4.00 PM to 6.30 PM – Presentation & Panel Discussion – “Experience in Illustration Industry and Advice for students” – John Hendrix and Sam Bosma, Academic Center Auditorium


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