Art Madness!

Installation Art in Syracuse, NY
June 26, 2008, 2:57 pm
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Installation Art is the way an artist changes how people experience a space or place. When an artist creates a work of installation art, they are trying to give the viewers an alternative way of seeing something they are used to seeing ever day. For example, the artists Christo and Jeanne- Claude wrap buildings and bridges to change our experiences with these common places. For more on Christo and Jeanne-Claude, check out their website here (my favorites are The Gates of Central Park, and Running Fences!)

A great local example installation art was created by a group of graduate students from Syracuse University. They came up with the idea to cover an abandoned gas station in the city with crocheted fabric. The students used colorful materials and created patterns, words, and messages that have to do with conserving energy and recycling. These artists created a work of art that beautifies the city of Syracuse and comes up with a good use for a derelict building. For more pictures of this work of installation art, click here, from

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Lego Art
June 24, 2008, 6:51 pm
Filed under: New Artists

What can art be made of? Is art limited to paint, clay, charcoal, and other traditional materials?

This sculpture is made entirely from Legos!

The answer is, of course not! We often see artists creating great works from all sorts of new and creative materials. In fact, the last post celebrates the artist Andy Goldsworthy who uses stones, ice, leaves and other natural materials to create his sculptures.

For something completely new, how about the artist Nathan Sawaya? He uses Legos (yes, the toys) to create interesting and colorful sculptures. Check out these pictures of his work, but for more, visit his website at the link below. All the images on this blog come from his website, and all credit for the photos and the work belong to Nathan Sawaya. Thank you, Mr. Sawaya!

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Let the Madness Begin…
June 24, 2008, 6:28 pm
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Welcome to the Art Madness! weblog! This blog is meant to be a place where artists of all ages can come and be inspired.

A great place to start would be the work of Andy Goldsworthy. My students know him as the nature artist who creates sculptures all across the world, made of naturally occurring materials. Goldsworthy has created art from stone and ice, leaves and branches. Goldsworthy works in the moment and is not worried about the permanence of his work. For Goldsworthy, a temporary sculpture made of leaves is just as rewarding as the oldest stone structures from Athens or Rome. He takes photos of his work and allows them to melt, break, wash-off, or blow away, back to nature from where they came. For us aspiring artists, this can be a tough concept to grasp.

The most appealing part of his work is that it is all done with his own two hands. We look at a sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy and see that we, too, could create something like this! I fact, in honor of our first Art Madness! post, I’d like to challenge any brave reader out there. Take a look at these few images of Goldsworthy’s work, then go out into your backyard, your stream, your woods, or anywhere you can to create your own natural sculpture. Enjoy the process and try to ignore the idea that your art will soon be gone! Don’t forget to take pictures, and be sure to attach them along with your comments when you are done.

Best of luck! Respect the Art – Fear the Madness

Welcome to Art Madness!
June 24, 2008, 6:16 pm
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I painted this while on vacation in the Adirondacks

Welcome to Art Madness!

A place where Art rules and the best artists from the past and present come out to play.

This weblog is being constructed for the specific use of the high school art students at Sherburne-Earlville CSD in Central New York. However, all artists, teachers, students, and visual learners are welcome to get involved.

Stop by frequently to see what’s new and don’t forget to leave a comment! Happy reading…

Respect the Art – Fear the Madness