It’s that time again, yes you know what time I’m talking about! . . . No, not finals and summer, what are you thinking about? I’m talking about Studio clean up day and crits!
While all you other college students took finals at the end of the semester (never cramming I’m sure) and there was a standard week of hell, all us little art majors forgot what the sun looked like, having donned our welding hoods or locked ourselves into the photolitho room in the back of the print studio. In my case, I’m got to do both!
I’ve chugging away at my next sculpture and have almost no time to complete it. YIKES. assembly go go go! but Print making has been the thorn in my side all semester. Now I love scheduling and planning so I have all my prints worked out and planned out to be finished on time. . . except I didn’t really remember how to make a Lithograph. Oh dear. So I have to wait until my lovely friend had the time in her busy painting schedule to come help me.
Off we trotted at 9PM on Wednesday night. Into bed I climbed at 5AM Thursday morning and out again for art history at 8. I love it when I get a full nights sleep of 3 hours! [/sarcasm] The only thing that made it tolerable was that the ceramics grad student with the rainbow hair (I love art students. our grads totally top the others) had an awesome presentation. She did her presentation of William Wegman. To quote her “you probably don’t know his name but I’m sure you’ll know him when you see his work.” I was skeptical but now I’m going to make the same claim.
The first video she showed us was . . . well, this.
Now I’m sorry, but no matter how tired I am a man with a talking stomach will make me laugh. At this point I run out of tea but no matter, I’m interested. So on she moved to the works that are his current style. My favorite being this one.
but you probably know him best for these (unless you had no childhood)
Yeah, you know who I’m talking about now, right? The guy behind the dogs on sesame street!
Well, these dogs get me reared and ready to head back over to Printmaking after class to finish my Photolitho. Yes, because even though I was there from 9-5 the litho press was never free so I could only prep my plates. URGH. Instead I helped my friend finish up all her plates and get at least her etching printed. Then clean up began. Printmaking clean up alone is almost enough to make me never want to take it again.
Now cleaning that studio I run into many of the same problems I do with my dorm kitchen. I clean as I go, make sure I’m polite to those around me and leave counter spaces and at least rinse things that I can’t get to right away. The others in the studio did the last minute rush and wrecked the place last night in addition to their caked on mess. URGH. A lot of it was general maintenance though, like cleaning the parts washer and sweeping up the rolly-pollies. (which we had an infestation of). Now I’m pooped from no sleep and working all day and night on really only a mug of tea and a sandwich at 5 AM, but to top it all off I was already exhausted before I began from studio clean up in sculpture the other day. True, cleaning up metal side really just consists of a lot of sweeping for the most part but then you need to clear the dock too. Sometimes you even have to get rid of all the scrap metal and junk that’s been accumulating for years. Lifting = not my speciality. I was SO SORE all afternoon!
Well, all that’s left now is to study for my exams (since I decided to do liberal arts instead of art school. Woo! physics and history! [/sarcasm again] At least there’s no english of philosophy this semester.) and finish my art projects. Alright I can do this . . . maybe? I have paint, epoxy, wire and still access to the power tools. just take a deep breath! My prints just need to be matted. The BANE of my existence, I swear. My future roomie and I are getting BLACK matt boards for our last few prints (as opposed to the tragic white ones we can buy from the professor. So hard to keep clean!) Then make sure to call about an interview for my summer job and fly home! (this’ll be my first time flying home with 2 suitcases. I’m Looking forward to a light carry on so bad!)
Hopefully I’ll get around to posting up some pictures of my studio and prints next!