Foundations

November 26, 2018

Buy Shaver site specific exhibition

Author: Sam Fritch

“ Matter”, Hicks Art Center Gallery, Bucks County Community College, OCT 29 DEC 10, 2018. A site specific exhibition pairing the sculpture of Michael Grothusen and text mural by Buy Shaver. “Matter” brings together two new works by midcareer Philadelphia based artists, Michael Grothusen and Buy Shaver. This pairing of sculpture and wall text strives to explore the gaps between perception and belief in order to speculate how we might know and share anything with certainty. The exhibition takes its title from Shaver’s text piece, Faith as sm. Matter, originally composed in 2012 and adapted for this exhibition as an installation. Rendered by hand in black paint on the gallery walls, the phrase envelopes a grouping of mobiles by Grothusen entitled Self Portrait, by weight, not touching the floor. Read More

April 6, 2018

Student interview

Author: Sam Fritch

  Jarrah May- It seems like you've lived everywhere. Is that true? I was born in Arlington, VA, but the entire timeline of moves is like this: Read More

January 5, 2018

Matthew Colaizzo - Artist in Residence

Author: Sam Fritch

In the Spring of 2017 Matthew Colaizzo was an artist in residence at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Located high in the Rocky Mountains, close to Aspen, the area is a big tourist destination for skiers and visitors looking to be immersed in the scenic beauty. This culture often overshadows the area’s history of mining and natural resource extraction. While at the residency, Colaizzo’s research drew heavily on these altered landscapes of strip mines, marble quarries, gypsum mines, concrete and gravel plants, and wind farms. Playing with the idea of “scenic,” his work focuses on large scale woodblock prints of landscapes that appear to be grand mountains; but after further investigation, it is revealed that this “view” is nothing more than rubble piles and excavated earth.   Read More

January 5, 2018

Yvonne Lung Residency

Author: Sam Fritch

Yvonne spent this past summer as the Social Practice Lab Artist-in-Resident at Asian Arts Initiative. Working with the North Chinatown community in Philadelphia, she worked on her project, Dish, where participants learn their favorite home made dishes from their elders.   Read More

April 8, 2015

Student Interview: Jacob Kevra

Author: Yen Dinh

1. Tell me about yourself. My name is Jacob Kevra, and I like to make jewelry, work with metal and leather, and most importantly make knives. I have some prior experience towards the origins of certain blade shapes and handle shapes and have been mostly self-taught in metalsmithing. Read More

March 30, 2015

Student Foundation Award: Chloe Pinero

Author: Yen Dinh

The Foundation Program has awarded three students one of the three Dean’s Foundation Awards. Students are selected by a faculty jury and representatives from the Dean’s office based on their work. The award is given to students who created excellent work in one of the three areas of the foundation curriculum.  Below is the statement of Chloe Pinero, one of the students who was selected for the award:  Read More

March 30, 2015

Student Foundation Award: Sarah Demers

Author: Yen Dinh

The Foundation Program has awarded three students one of the three Dean’s Foundation Awards. Students are selected by a faculty jury and representatives from the Dean’s office based on their work. The award is given to students who created excellent work in one of the three areas of the foundation curriculum. Below is the statement of Sarah Demer, one of the students who was selected for the award: My cardboard sculpture, Forced Perspective, was originally supposed to be 4 feet tall but my teacher insisted on pushing my limits. Originally I was very skeptical, but as I developed a process and technique I began to fall in love with it. I came to Tyler thinking I knew which direction I wanted to take my art in, but this project has changed my mind. I enjoyed exploring a new field of art that I never expected to enjoy so much, I gained a lot from this project.   Photo credits to Sam Fritch Read More

February 16, 2015

Foundations Faculty: Nichola Kinch & Love Stories

Author: Yen Dinh

Nichola Kinch, an Assistant Professor of Foundation and Visual Studies, recently had her exhibition at the University of Rochester’s Hartnett Gallery. The exhibition, “Love Stories”, is a collection of animation machines, photographs, and optical devices that presents a rarified image of nature. Each object offers an illusion: a grove of 10 foot trees that appear real but are flat, a phenaksitascope that is dressed up as the moon, and a flock of birds whose flight is powered by a manual crank. Through these objects, and the images they create, Kinch draws parallels between the mediated photographic experience and the construction of romantic thought in regards to experiences of nature and others. Read More

October 1, 2014

Foundations Faculty: Buy Shaver

Author: Rhiannon Bell

I’ve been teaching here for three years.  This is my fourth year, and I’m now full-time, so that’s been a major shift for me.  But I’m thrilled to be here more time, having come from other institutions.  I worked at the University of the Arts, another Philadelphia University, and a couple community colleges in the area. What’s interested me about Tyler is that the students here are better equipped, meaning they come to class, they get the work done, I see a direct to link to their attendance to the progress they make in class.  They’re basically very diligent and intelligent people, so it’s a lot easier to work with that. Read More

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