Art Madness!


The Pen is Mightier… or the Sharpie
October 3, 2008, 9:53 pm
Filed under: Installation/Community Art

Yes, I know I’ve been slacking off lately and not posting as much, but I’ve got a great new thing for you to check out. Have you ever had the desire to decorate your bedroom? How about the basement of your house? Now, I have to warn you that while this is a great idea and an awesome way to create art out of usable living space, PLEASE talk to your parents first! The artist used black Sharpie markers to create a scene full of people and great faux-architecture (faux is a French word used in art to describe things that are not real or illusionary). The best news, he spent under $10 for materials on the entire basement! I wish I had this basement in my house…

Now, I have to warn you that while this is a great idea and an awesome way to create art out of usable living space, PLEASE talk to your parents first!

Check it out!

I’d like to thank Mr. Zona for sending this my direction. Do you have a great artist or a unique idea that you can send to me to post for the students at SE to see? Let me know, and send me the link in a comment, I’ll credit you here.



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 Syracuse.com.

Respect the Art – Fear the Madness