Tuesday, July 31, 2007

chi-town stand up

just when i had started to get irritated with being back home & around people again after camp (it had been one day... but nonetheless i had scheduled the day for sleep and i was urgently awakened at 10:30 by my momsie) jackie & i took an semi-impromptu road trip to the windy city. impromptu in the fact that we didn't actually decide we were going until the day before, and we didn't know how we would get there. not impromput in the fact that we had been planning such a trip for months & had spend many late nights searching a cheap hotel . (until we realized that jackie's dad had "perks.")

anyway, it was a much needed departure. good to catch up with jackie and jam to sufjan stevens (illinoise, bien sur) on the way there. good to not have a detailed itenerary... but to have things just work out. good to be back in the city... and in my little bubble. jackie had to listen to my seemingly endless flash backs from my ecp experience at the school of the art institute last summer... the starbucks where i got my java chip everyday (i'm pretty sure it was the same cute barista... but i figured it would be weird to ask.) the intersection where i had almost gotten hit by a car because i had gotten a little too comfortable & had my headphones on. the panda express where i got chow mein and orange chicken every friday. the building on michigan avenue where i watched the fireworks on the fourth. i usually don't reminisce that much, but being back there reminded me how much i actually do miss it.

we did lots of walking and shopping and eating... but the part that made it totally worth it was all of the art. the mca was totally energizing, as usual. soaking in so much conceptual art, especially on a time limit, is always overwhelming. the escultura social exhibit was such a suprise. (especially the "kitty room") the whole concept was joseph beuy's idea of social sculpture or "how we mold and shape the world in which we live." his belief is that sculpure is an evolutionary process, and everyone is an artist. i couldn't help but think of ali edwards & the life artist concept. it was interesting to see throughout the exhibit how the everyone an artist idea empowered the latin american artists creating in environments of turmoil and suppression.

jackie & i read every single word of pablo helguera's the school of panamerican unrest. such a cool concept. i especially liked his challenge to the city of chicago "we call upon chicago artists, critics, curators, and art institutions to challenge what is being done, to take it as far as they can, to break the comfort barrier, to be uncomfortable, to make us uncomfortable, to raise the stakes, and to set their pants on fire." (http://www.panamericanismo.org/index.php)

and no trip to chicago would be complete without stopping at the art institute. (except it was strange to actually pay to get in...) jackie decided before even entering the jeff wall exhibit that she was in love. all of wall's photographs are huge transparancies, lit from behind. standing in front of them, you become intranced. i usually have to watch myself at museuems, because i'll read the description of a piece before really looking at it and investigating it for myself. (it's the part of me that still loves words and text as it relates to art just as much as the art itself.) but the jeff wall exhibit had only the photographic transparancies and the title of each one. nothing more. very simple. i wasn't being spoon fed historical connections or concepts. i could just look at the art for what it was and for what emotions or ideas it provoked in me. now that i'm back at home, i found this website from the same exhibit when it was at the MoMA. (http://moma.org/exhibitions/2007/jeffwall/) each piece is accompanied with commentary in wall's own words. so interesting.

other pieces that i was drawn to enough to scribble down on my floor plan:

arthur dove, "a reasonable facsimile"
elizabeth sparhawk-juones, "shoe shop"
joseph cornell, "untitled: yellow sand fountain" (ms. wright told me earlier this year that some of my collages reminded her of cornell's shadow boxes.)
cy twombly, "the first part of the return from parnassus"
helena almeida, "deutrode mim" (or "within myself")
james bishop, "early"
berthe morisot, "woman at her toilet"
georges vantongerloo "curving function, greenish-brown"

and being the art geek that i am i just had to get a picture with my all time favorite at the aic - gustave caillebotte's "rainy day, paris street."

Saturday, July 28, 2007


so glad i found this quote after the whole sc switch was thrown at me.

my jc warm fuzzies... which i actually made while i was there & just never handed out. they will be coming in the mail shortly. i promise.

a little bit of red.

my gift for doris. what do you give the person who prints off pictures two minutes after she takes them?

a picture with brent so i can tell him that i put it on my "gossip blog"

the crazy junior councelors. so much love!

what a week. wow is all i can say. just one of those experiences i'm not sure i'm ready to even attach words to. just wow. maybe sometime when i've had enough sleep & enough time to reflect i'll sit down & document it all.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

peace. love. camp.

it all starts this friday. tomorrow i am sleeping in (finally!), packing all my red stuff, jump starting warm fuzzies, finding a ride, and getting into the camp frame of mind. and then i'll be ready.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

dumb serifs

my addendum to ellen lupton's (love her!) dumb quotes theory, as documented in the ralph lauren department of macy's (my mom likes it... ok.) i'm calling it "dumb serifs." i hope ellen would approve.
go to this universal resource locator for the original "making the world safe for typography" presentation. http://www.papress.com/thinkingwithtype/resources/images/Safe_Type_AIGA.pdf
seriously so funny. laugh out loud.

Monday, July 9, 2007

yeah, about that...

i just did a walk of shame out of party city toting $100 worth of red stuff. combine that with a few previous red shopping sprees, at the dollar store and the like, and i've more than negated my jc stipend for the week.

such is camp. it's all about the color. and i am all out embracing the red.

& i am an impulse shopper. at least i come by it honestly. but i really did need the red spidey gloves. and the red fish net tights. and the red shiny star cut outs. i'm a sucker for stars. my council will be decked out fo' sure.

other slices of life:

met mrs. sullivan today for dinner at panera. so good to see her. she is truly something else. looking back i realize how lucky i have been to have had so many dynamic individuals part of my avondale experience.

hanging with my girls, ava & liv. we had our ups and downs... as can be expected with a full day of babysitting. but nothing a little dancing and yogurt can't fix. back for another round tomorrow.

the home run derby broadcaster could be giving impemba a run for his money. "...kids are converging on each other out there. somebody's going to get hurt." i was rolling.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

the best kind of mail

is mail from mica.

a fun little envelope came in the mail yesterday with a book about orientation. logo and all. so very art school. gotta love it.

i'm ready. ready to get my new address and ready to find out who my roommate will be. ready to log into the student portal & explore. (why isn't my password working? arrgh!) ready to say goodbye to the family and head off to the freaky tiki party on the commons lawn. ready to take the writing assessment the next day.

it's really happening. bring it. i'm ready.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Thursday, July 5, 2007

three day delay

better late than never. and the little slogeris family jaunt to cedar point is worth documenting. this past tuesday we ventured down to good old sandusky for a day of fun and thrills for the whole family. except my nose was feeling a little stuffed up and my mom hates roller coasters.

nevertheless, a good time was had by all. the picture above says it all. i don't know whose expression is better... mine or that of the red head kid behind me. (i'm the one in the pimped out p. diddy shirt. math is still like rollercoaster.) i'm hanging on for dear life.

when all was said and done, three of the four of us braved the dragster, millenium force, & the new maverick- which was wicked cool.

note to self: next time wait more than a few months before returning to cedar point... once a year is enough for me.