Art Quote for the Day

ETHNOGRAPHY: n. the documentation and analysis of a particular culture through field research.

SELF-ETHNOGRAPHY: n. the documentation and analysis of the self as a foreign culture through field research.

“What we need to question is BRICKS, Concrete, glass, our table manners, our utensils , our tools, the way we spend our time, our rhythms. TO QUESTION THAT WHICH SEEMS TO HAVE CEASED FOREVER TO ASTONISH US.  We live true, we breathe true, we walk, we open doors, we go down staircases, we sit at a table in order to eat, we lie down on a bed in order to sleep. How? Why? Where? When? Why?”

Georges Perec

Use yourself as your subject for documentation. Document in detail all of your movements, activities, behaviors, and conversations throughout the course of a week. Include date, time, and place.

FOUND PATTERNS

Collect or document as many patterns as you can find while on your travels . You may decide to use only patterns in nature, or human-made, or both . Pencil rubbing works well for this.

” No man who ever lived liked so many things and disliked so few as Walt Whitman.  All natural objects seemed to have a charm for him.  All sights and sounds seemed to please him.”  Dr. William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience.

entire excerpt from  HOW TO BE AN EXPLORER OF THE WORLD by Keri Smith

Art Quote of the Day

” In a 1960’s film about the computer there is a good description of the creative process….

The narrator states that the artist is never bored.  She looks at everything and stores it all up.  He rejects nothing; she is completely uncritical when a problem confronts her, he goes through all the stuff he has collected , sorts out what seems to be helpful in this situation and relates it in a new way , making a new solution.  She prepares for leaps by taking in EVERYTHING. ” – Corita Kent-

from the book,How To Be An Explorer of the World by Keri Smith

Art Quote of the Day

ONE THING

” Choose an everyday object. This can be something you find on the street or something you have.  Look at the top half of the object for 15 minutes. Record everything you see there in detail. Then do the same for the bottom half.  The longer you look the more you will see. ”

” If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four.  If still boring, then eight.  Then sixteen. Then thirty-two.  Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.” – John Cage

entire excerpt from How To Be An Explorer of the World by Keri Smith

Art Quote of the Day

“What we need to question is bricks, concrete, glass, our table manners, our utensils, our tools, the way we spend our time , our rhythms. TO QUESTION THAT WHICH SEEMS TO HAVE CEASED FOREVER TO ASTONISH US. We live, true, we breathe,true, we walk, we open doors, we go down staircases, we sit at a table in order to eat, we lie down on a bed on order to sleep. How? Why? Where? When? WHY???

Georges Perec – excerpted from the book,How to Be An Explorer of the World by Keri Smith

I love this quote . As I sit here in the early morning , summoning up my energy to get on with day number 3 of this Winterim Session I’m teaching at Edgewood College I  reflect on the irony of my situation. I am teaching others to see, to question, to pay attention to the most insignificant things, and to find the beauty in them,you know, being the crazy art teacher to non-art students. This Winterim thing is a marathon, art class on steroids, intense, exhausting , fun, and  A JOB! I find that my ability to question  anything by the time I get home is non-existent. A glass, (or two) of wine, some dinner , though appreciated, is taken like medicine…. to revitalize not to savor. An hour or two , relaxing, and I find I’m ready to sketch for a little while before bed  and sleep and now,here I am. Not feeling very aware, artistic, appreciative of , ANYTHING , right now . I  do have an early morning public television show on painting watercolors on TV while I write  and I do get a “tingle” of excitement as the artist applies colors and imagery to the paper. There I am, I’m not gone yet ….. I still have it in me to appreciate a patch of a subtle green,  a beautiful line, a crisp edge left by the masking fluid. I’m still here and in a couple hours I’ll be “there” , at school , doing it all over again. And, I LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!

Art Quote of the Day

ARRANGEMENTS
“Go out and collect any item you can find in abundance. (leaves work well for this in the fall). Bring them home and come up with as many ways of displaying and arranging them as possible.Try to think of things you’ve never considered before( such as sealing them in ice, covering book covers with them, making a long chain that reaches the length of your house), etc. really explore the material and try to understand it, how it works, how it is affected by different factors, (movement, humidity, weight) Experiment with arrangements that the viewer can physically interact with ( make a tunnel, a web, a house). Try adding other materials, (water,dirt, or paint).

Keri Smith- HOW TO BE AN EXPLORER OF THE WORLD, PORTABLE ART/LIFE MUSEUM