Friday, August 23, 2013

Surprise Art Finding

Well the big news is I'm going back to school.  After 30 years of being out of college I decided to take a college course this fall to learn something new for work. I'm a bit nervous...  Not sure about keeping up with all those young ones!  And it has been so long since I've had homework and tests!  The class is only one night a week, but 3 hours long.  Will I fall asleep after working all day?!!   I went today to pick up my text book and check out where my classroom will be.   The few times I've been in the building this month, it doesn't matter what door I go into, I never find it to get back out!  Last thing I wanted was to be trying to find a way out and my car at 10:00 at night!

So I figured out my route today, but the big surprise was some awesome pictures hanging on the wall between the old part of the building and the new technology building!  The depth isn't large, but they have this really awesome 3D look.  I snapped some pics, but of course pictures don't capture the 3D effect.  Enjoy!   I've also included some information on the artist and this collection below. 

Passages by Steve Waldeck
“Passages” is an interactive artwork that features images combined with sound and music composed by Peter Gena. The work consists of a series of 16 three-dimensional wall-hung imagry units located in the link between the Library Atrium and the Technology Building at the Grayslake campus. The spacing between the units varies accordingly in proportion to the their widths. The subject matter is an actual American gothic farmhouse and its surrounding environment that stood until recently in Lake County, Illinois. This homage, installed at the College of Lake County, consists of small glimpses of a single reality, filling a corridor that is 96 feet in length. Passages uses actual photographic processes, as well as bas-relief forms, painting, lighting, motion and sound to create a convincing realistic presence. The series of the farmhouse interior is presented on one side of the corridor, while the exterior views cross to the opposite side.

In the artist’s statement, Steve Waldeck wrote that “Passages conceptually evolved from my 35 years spent here in northern Illinois. It is during the course of this time that I have learned to appreciate the passing beauty of this farm-rich heartland. Grayslake, the home of the College of Lake County, has been part of this classic transition from farmland. This piece is inspired by this passage. Parts of this piece are an actual representation of a local site, just a few miles from the college campus.”

Friday, August 02, 2013

I did it!

Last week my daughter called from Oklahoma.  Her best friend was visiting and was talking all about this car garbage bag another friend had in her car.  So K wanted to know if I could make her one.  Since K is not a sewer, her description left a lot to be desired!  So I asked her if she could borrow it once she got back to IL so I could see it.

K dropped it off a few days ago.  I thought on it some and finally dove in last night making it.

How do you like it!  Pretty on the outside.  Functional inside!  Completely washable!  Easy to empty and adjustable straps gives you lots of choices of places to hang!

Now to write down the sizes and order so I can repeat the process!