Graduate Art Faculty Replaces Pigment with People
In the latest issue of Dot Magazine, writer Rebecca Epstein digs into artist Lita Albuquerque’s recent large-scale ephemeral project Spine of the Earth 2012, which was created as part of The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time arts initiative.
Here’s an excerpt:
January 22, 2012 / 2:13 p.m. / Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook / Culver City
Despite predictions of rain, it is a sparkling winter day in L.A. Two thousand feet above Culver City, a skydiver in a red jumpsuit leaps from an airplane. Red smoke trails from her shoe, tracing her path toward Earth.
Two minutes later the diver lands, exactly hitting her mark. Waiting to greet her are approximately 300 volunteers dressed in similar red suits. As soon as she touches down, 100 of the volunteers begin their walk, creating a spiral around her.
They hold onto each other’s shoulders and count aloud to keep pace, filling the space with sound in addition to color, movement and line. Soon, the remaining volunteers lead the entire group toward an immense stretch of stairs on which they will all stand, one volunteer on each of the 287 steps, for four minutes.
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Get the Message
Get the Message (above), a drug abuse PSA that enters the mind of an addict as he calls a friend and asks for money, won first place last week in the Promax/BDA Marketing Awards Student Award Competition.
The motion design work was created by Teodros Hailye GRPH ‘12, Kevin Shin ILLU ’11 and current Graphic Design students Esther Park and Lamson To during the Summer ’11 term in Kaan Atilla’s Advanced Graphic Studio course.
Art Center had additional reason to celebrate at that ceremony as recent Graphic Design alumni James Kim ‘11, Ivan Cruz ‘11, Micael Mazza ‘11, Jeff Han ‘11 and Kevin Heo ‘11 brought home the second place award for Eight Balloons, a work based on a Shel Silverstein poem and created during the Spring ’11 term in Atilla’s Advanced Motion Communication class.
“The student award category is one of the hardest to win,” said Graphic Design faculty and Motion Design director Ming Tai of the wins. “Not only are the judges industry veterans, but there is only one category for motion students.”