sculpture

Thomas Dambo: Forest Giants | Muse Moments

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Thomas Dambo of Denmark created Forest Giants in a Giant Forest using “trash”—wood from old whiskey barrels, old pallets, and trees downed in ice storms. “I try to be a trash superstar,” he says.  

Marble Sculpture | Artistic Roots

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Marble from Sylacauga, Alabama is some of the best marble in the world. Sophie meets sculptor Craigger Browne to learn more about sculpting with marble.

MN Original | Joynoelle: Design

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Joy Teiken’s signature fashion line Joynoelle, has been worn by the likes of Allison Janney, Andie MacDowell and Toni Braxton. A former art teacher, Joy approaches her fashion design like she does sculpture, working around the form from all angles. Once a year she comes out with a collection and show (which she calls a performance) that incorporates MCs, experts, and DJs to showcase her personal designs. MN Original documented her 2017 collection, which was inspired by fungi and lichen found by her cabin in northern Minnesota. Her 2018 show on Sunday, May 20th at Lightbox studios, was inspired by books about space and the solar system with her son.  “All I could think about was how nice it would be to go there, to go to those places and get off planet earth for a bit.” Models will appear in an intimate, gallery setting with NASA images, space exploration footage and the feeling of weightlessness playing a role in the presentation.

The still photography in this video was provided by Eric Doolin Photography, with make up by Melissa Tomfohrde, and hair by Kristine Loehrer.

Additional footage provided by Patrick Pegg.

MN Original | Sieng Lee: Mixed Media Artist

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Sieng Lee's stunning site-specific installation is inspired by his immigrant experience. At the center of Becoming American, Lee combined objects from his Hmong culture with familiar American items to create a large-scale sculpture. The work is a visual reflection of the sometimes tumultuous feelings Lee had growing up as an immigrant in the United States.

MN Original | Northern Spark

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Alison Hiltner (Visual Artist) and Lisa Aston Philander (Curator of the University of Minnesota's college of Biological Sciences Conservatory) partner with local artists Alyssa Baguss, Julie Benda, Regan Golden, Maxwell Hoaglund, Erica Hoaglund, Terez Lacovino for the Northern Spark 2017 exhibit Ecological Futures: Speculative Biomes of the Past, Present or Future.

Tesoros de Devoción

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Some of the great cultural treasures of America reside in the ancient churches of New Mexico and in the collection of the New Mexico History Museum. Created by santeros, the classical santero tradition of carving and painting religious artworks was rooted in New Mexico for most of the 1800s when Roman Catholics commissioned these devoted carvers to sculpt a santo or saint. Santos were found in churches, private chapels, and taken out for processions during holy days. While the tradition died out when religious images became commercially manufactured, the santero tradition saw a revival during the latter half of the 20th century. New Mexico History Museum's Curator, Josef Diaz, shares insights into the history of these treasures of devotion. Renowned contemporary santero, Ramón José López, takes us on a special visit to his family's beautiful capilla and shares his thoughts about what keeps the santero tradition alive. Also featured are prayers recorded in northern New Mexico churches and sacred Spanish-language musical hymns Alabados de Abiquiu courtesy of Jack Loeffler's oral history archives.

CM Russell: Evolution of an Artist

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This lesson has students choose an artist who they will research as to how he or she developed their personal talents.

Working with Clay | Art in the 21st Century: "Secrets"

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Enter artist Arlene Shechet's studio and find out about the process of creating clay art, in this clip from Art in the 21st Century: "Secrets." The artist demonstrates her techniques for creating an artwork, and explains some of the problems that arise from using clay glazes. You will find out why clay can be both a blank slate and a complicated material for an artist to work with.

Rick Lowe, Artist and Community Organizer | MacArthur Fellows Program

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In this interview, 2014 MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe shares how a question from one of his students inspired him to re-think his relationship to his art and the impact art can have on a community. Lowe’s unconventional approach to community revitalization has transformed a long-neglected neighborhood in Houston into a visionary public art project that continues to evolve to this day. Lowe’s “social sculptures” have inspired a generation of artists to explore more socially engaged forms of art-making in communities across the country. This resource is part of the MacArthur Fellows Program Collection.

MN Original | Rogue Taxidermist Sarina Brewer

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As a founding member of the Rouge Taxidermy movement, Sarina Brewer’s ethically sourced sculptures have received international recognition and praise, including being featured on the front page of the New York Times’ Art Section. Learn about the rogue taxidermy movement and how her work pushes the artistic boundaries with her hybrid creations.

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