HSC Visual Art Resources

Every now and then something comes along that has all the hallmarks of becoming a future place of pilgrimage in the educational landscape. Emily Portmann’s new Stage 6 Visual Art WordPress blog site is just that.

HSC Visual Art Resources is Portmann’s response to the need for an articulate, concise and informative repository of case study resources for HSC Visual Art students and teachers.

Recently launched and still in it’s infancy HSC Visual Art Resources is already flush with quality content that is organized into a systemic and logically sequential flow of information that addresses the work of each cataloged artist in terms of biographical information, ‘Conceptual Framework’ breakdown, ‘Frames’ breakdown and relevant ‘Practice’ references along with a healthy selection of supporting images.

As Portmann so succinctly put it

“HSC Visual Art Resources’ aim is to become a data base of relevant artists explored as case studies for both teachers and students. Teachers can access new contemporary artists in which to add to their own programs and course content, whilst students can access this information as inspiration for their own artmaking (particularly in reference to their HSC Body of Work, BOW’s) as well as for their theoretical studies of art criticism and art history.” @http://hscvisualartresources.wordpress.com/

Emily Portmann is an acclaimed photographer entering a promising educational career.

I would certainly encourage any teacher and/or their students to do themselves a great service; visit the site and select any artist under ‘Recent Post’s’ in the right sidebar and enjoy the journey.

Art History / 30 Years of Art Journalism

For their 30th Anniversary, the German ‘Arts Magazine’ conceived a photographic exhibition that present Portraits of 70 artists from the last 30 years in an art journalism context and as an exhibition independent

Among the works selected are portraits of Robert Rauschenberg, Daniel Richter, Gilbert & George, Hanne Darboven, Jonathan Meese, Martin Kippenberger, Dash Snow and many other known and not so known artists. Among the photographers are Jürgen Frank, Det Kempke, Robert Lebeck. Robert Lebeck’s portrait of Fernando Botero was the cover of the first edition of ‘Art’ back in October 1979. The exhibition is currently on show at Art Cologne 2009 (until April 26, 2009).

In this video, Ute Thon and Editor in Chief Tim Sommer talk about the concept of the exhibition, how they selected the artists – and their favorite photos.

Big Bambu

Named so after the infamous Cheech and Chong Album, this extraordinary two year undertaking by the Starn brothers has to be seen to be believed. Using (currently 2000) bamboo poles the artists and their team of assistants have assembled a continuously morphing structure that moves, envelopes and evolves along the length of their enormous studio. The entire process which involves de constructing the trailing edge and reconstructing the leading edge, is documented, and the resulting photographic montage will show an image of a construction that never existed in its exhibited state.
See the first part of the interview with the artists at

http://vernissage.tv/blog/2009/04/09/mike-doug-starn-big-bambu-talk-part-12/

and see more at
http://www.starnstudio.com/