Supersurfaces

sophia-vyzoviti-supersurfaces

Today’s featured find is from our pamphlet collection. Don’t let the word “pamphlet” dull your interest though- this little booklet is loaded with nothing but mind-bending, full-page photos of ordinary materials (cork, paper, fabric, etc) folded into awesomely complex things.

Basically, it’s perfect for flipping through when you need inspiration, no matter what you work with. There are even step-by-step photos to give you an idea of how some of the materials were folded, and let’s be real, who here doesn’t love nerding out over materials?

Find it in the pamphlet section, above the reference books in the study nook.

PAMP

NA

2765.V997

2006

Check it out!

Mary J. Wilson

 

 

Check It Out!

Greetings!

I’m Mary, and I’ll be posting all the interesting things I find while shelving books during my work study shift.

For those of you who don’t know me personally, I’m That Girl With The Purple Hair. If I’m not in the library, I’m usually lurking around Book Arts or hiding out in my thesis studio.

If you’d like to know me personally (or, you know, if you want help finding a book or something), stop by! I’m here Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon til two.

And if you’re not feeling as amped about the library as I am, check out our coffee!

It’s free and is loaded with delicious, nutritious caffeine, to perk you up and get the old noggin in gear for some serious book ogling.

coffee

Check it out!

Mary J Wilson

Summer’s coming…

Isn’t that great?! Although many people in our community are incredibly busy right now, the end of the semester is upon us and the glorious summer is right around the corner. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for a wonderful Spring semester, and to wish you all a happy break.

A couple reminders:

The library is open during the summer break! Please take advantage of that! Our hours are reduced, however, so please plan accordingly.

Monday-Thursday 12:00-4:00 pm

If you’re not going to be in the area during the break, please remember to return your library materials before you wander off.

Let me know if you have questions, and hope to see you this summer!

Elsa

keep-calm-cause-summer-s-coming

 

BFA Thesis Oral Exhibitions

Join us in the Hoffman Gallery today as we honor the fourth week of thesis exhibitions!

We’ve already seen some outstanding work from our graduating artists, so come check out the next batch this afternoon.

Here’s the schedule in its entirety:

BFA THESIS ORAL EXHIBITIONS

Students in the college’s BFA, Certificate and Post-baccalaureate Programs spend their final year perfecting their craft in the creation of an original body of work that reflects their personal and conceptual ideas, and finely tuned craftsmanship. This entire learning experience culminates in the exhibition of their work.

Week 1 April 6-10
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 6, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Week 2 April 13-17
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 13, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Week 3 April 20-24
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 20, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Week 4 April 27-May1
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 27, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Week 5 May 4-8
Post -Baccalaureate & Certificate Exhibition
* Opening Reception Wednesday, May 4, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Heidi Schwegler At Bullseye Projects: The Emotional Life Of Objects

MFA AC+D Chair Heidi Schwegler exhibits work at Bullseye Projects, on view from January 6 – March 26, 2016.

Err, cast glass, 2015

“Bullseye Projects presents a group exhibition that examines our complex relationship with objects through the mixed media sculpture of Silvia Levenson, Dante Marioni, and Heidi Schwegler. The Emotional Life of Objects will be on view January 6 –March 26, 2016.

Humans have a complex relationship with objects, which can be seen as mundane artifacts but also become enmeshed with meaning through human use. We often use objects as placeholders for our emotions, for memories, and as extensions of ourselves. They are imbued with useful, aesthetic, or sentimental purpose and this can be fulfilled, exploited, ignored or frustrated. The lives of objects are rich and full. Each object is the culmination of the history that made its creation possible and the individual story of where it has been. The work in The Emotional Life of Objects looks past the commonplace or decorative appearance of objects to find the ways in which our lives are entangled with theirs.”

Bullseye Projects
300 NW 13th Avenue
Portland, Oregon
97209

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Winter Break!

Hello OCAC!

This is to let you know that the library will be closing from December 23-January 3rd, 2016. We will reopen with regular hours on the 4th of January. In the meantime,  I hope everyone enjoys a well-deserved break after a busy and productive Fall Semester!

When the library re-opens, we will have a new interim library director, Darla Garcia! She will be at the helm of the library while I am on maternity leave until after Spring Break. Darla comes to us with a great deal of academic library experience, and she’ll be a great addition to the community at OCAC, so come and say hello!

Take care, and have a safe and happy break!

Elsa

Conversation On Craft: Mending

November 14, 2015
OCAC Campus 8245 SW Barnes Road
3:00PM Vollum Drawing/Painting/Photography Building
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The Oregon College of Art and Craft’s MFA in Craft and Fibers Department present Conversation on Craft: Mending, a panel discussion investigating Mendingthe iconoclastic undercurrents within making-based creativity, featuring artists and educators Jovencio de la Paz, Rock Hushka, Mark Newport and Tali Weinberg. Together, with moderator Emily Nachison, head of Fibers at OCAC, they will establish an open dialog concerning the metaphorical, figurative, and formal process of mending in contemporary craft, fiber, and art. Attendance is free and open to the public.

To mend is to repair, to correct, and to improve. Historically this was a common practice of making greater use of the objects in our lives. In recent years, however, mending, repair, and patching has become a political act of anti-consumerism by sustaining an object beyond its obsolescence and a declaration of individuality by opening an opportunity to hack, modify, decorate, connect, and take.

Conversations on Craft is a forum addressing the skill and art of creativity. Focused on a making space, the intention is to incite discourse and exercise motivations, aspirations, even prejudices that surround Contemporary Craft, particularly Craft’s persistent presence in a contemporary culture suspicious of labored beauty and material literacy.

Mark Newport, Detail of “Mend 3,” 2015. Embroidery on muslin, 17″ x 13″.