Monday, September 16, 2013

Where it's at

I will continue to post school work on this blog for Professional Practices class, but the process blog on which I am required to post before each critique is now located on my website.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Look at ME

Practicing writing press releases in Professional Practices class.

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Expanded cinema installation gets second life for SculptureX

Liz Roberts will revise her immersive cinema piece “Always Nowhere” as an outdoor installation to be exhibited during SculptureX Symposium 4: Performative Objects and the Everyday Spectacular. The two-day event, hosted by Columbus College of Art & Design [CCAD], includes a keynote address, interactive discussion panels, and emerging artist exhibitions. The opening reception is Friday, October 11, 7:30pm – 9:00pm at 380 E. Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio 43215.

CCAD, in partnership with The Sculpture Center, will host the 2013 and 2014 Annual SculptureX Symposium, an intensive learning event to encourage collaboration among arts educators and artists.

Martin Kersels, a well-regarded sculptor, installation artist, and Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Sculpture at Yale University School of Art, will provide the keynote address. Several interactive discussions will be led, one by the noted art historian, Terry Smith as well as one by a panel of highly regarded sculpture faculty: Chido Johnson, Osman Khan, Youmna Chlala, and Michael Mercil. Liz Roberts will participate in a group discussion of at least ten national emerging artists whose work will be shown on campus in a special exhibition.

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Dead End

The school year is over. After some winter turmoil the semester ended quite well. Thanks to all my fellow travelers who helped with the Always Nowhere project and to everyone who came out to our one-night-only show. The car crash in me bows to the car crash in you. Namaste.

Always Nowhere from Liz Roberts on Vimeo.

Many thanks to Shelley Kilgore for shooting this documentation video with her kickass wide lens.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

I'm always nowhere

Struggling with the documentation of this project. Nothing I do in photo or video quite does the experiential part justice. I guess that's life though, the real thing is usually better than the replicated image.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Get in the car

Always Nowhere rolls forward. Building a 3D movie in the sense that you can get in the car - serving as readymade - has been challenging but thrilling.
Mount building:
Projector hanging results:
Wiring sound continues tomorrow.

The post-cinema drive-in 3D movie. You can get inside it!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Always 8 1/2

I was heartened today when a visitor told me the Always Nowhere car reminded him of the opening scene from Fellini's 8 1/2.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

There's no place that's home.

The Always Nowhere project trudges forward. I have made a short film that is a companion piece to the installation. It has a voice over constructed of small narratives that are tied to the vehicle as a repository or receptacle for memory.

A car can be,
1. A place where things may be put for safekeeping.
2. A warehouse.
3. A museum.
4. A burial vault; a tomb.
I purchased a non-running 1998 Mercury Mystique for the installation. Here is a photo of "Dirty Mike," who sold me the car, and Dave Stockwell, who has been intrinsic to the installation being realized.

Thanks to Dave and CCAD Facilities, the car is now on the 2nd floor. I am prepping the glass for the window film and will be adhering it next week. The inside will be wired for sound. I have 4 different picture edits, one for each of the projectors that surround the car. The narrative story from the short film will be played as a voice over via speakers.

I am reading a book recommended to me by Elena H, graduate of the first class of MFAs at CCAD, Non-Places: An Introduction to Supermodernity by Marc Auge. In his introduction he writes,

Perhaps today's artists and writers are doomed to seek beauty
in 'non-places', to discover it by resisting the apparent obviousness
of current events. They may do this by highlighting the enigmatic 
character of objects, of things disconnected from any exegesis or
practical use, by putting a spotlight on the media that try to pass
for mediators, by rejecting sham and mimicry.[...] They are fragments
of utopia, in the image of our time divided between passivity, anxiety
and, despite everything, hope or, at the very least, expectation.

I spent some time in Christian Marclay's The Clock on it's last night in Columbus. Pondering time, mobility, meaninglessness, and the narrative tropes we impose on our experience so that we can make sense of the world. The piece evokes a feeling that am striving for in Always Nowhere. A non-specific unease, just enough to bring awareness to a sense of non-place. And then see what happens there.