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Monday, November 15, 2010

Hazards of Love, Origin of Love, and LOVE

Recently someone passed along a flyer to me for an upcoming show in Reno. An adaptation of The Decemberists' Hazards of Love. "A progressive rock opera melodrama resplendent in myth, passion and archetype."

Needless to say, I was intrigued.

Two showings have passed, but three remain. November 18th and 19th at 8:00pm, doors at 7:00pm and November 21st 3:00pm, doors at 2:00pm. The show is to be performed on Th Great Escape Stage at 1575 South Virginia in The Sports West Complex (directions).
The Decemberists, an experimental folk-rock band, released “Hazards of Love” in 2009, and it seemed a natural fit for the stage because the songs tie together to tell the story of a woman, Margaret, who falls in love with a shape-shifting forest creature named William. The dramatic arc involves not only their romance but problems the lovers face with the creature’s jealous mother and another evil being. 
Marlene chose to present the story by having dancers act out the action while a live band plays and sings the songs from the album. Both the dancers and eight-piece band will be visible to the audience. 
“What this is,” she said, “is really performance art with a rock ‘n’ roll kind of foundation.
Full story on Reno Metromix here and event details here.

Below is an animated video created by students at St. Martin's College of Art for a song from the Hazard's of Love album (and presumably, the Rock Opera): The Rake's Song.

Fitting in with rock n' roll, love and animation is a clip from a wonderful rock musical I watched again earlier this month, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Below is the song The Origin of Love from the film:

But wait, there's more! We have below a small preview of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil showing at the Mirage in Las Vegas.

Cheers from this month's Student Blogger,

Galaxy rise

my dad sent me an email with the link to a night time-lapse on a clear night. its pretty nice

Saturday, November 13, 2010

stencil ephemeral

Cool animation, more lo-fi than it appears at first glance. They give a hint at the method at the tail end of the clip.

Subcarpati - Am crescut pe la Romana from z00x on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I enjoy this stuff

Monday, November 8, 2010

Cardboard overflow

After a three day session of stacking boxes up and breaking cardboard down, mixed in with PVC wrestling and inhaling too much saw/playa dust laden air, the gallery has transformed into the late stages of the Burning man show. These photos are from the middle of the installation. The end product, I hope, will be surprising.
You are cordially invited to the Tahoe Gallery Wednesday night for dusty Sangria and some great conversation. The Reception starts at 5pm and the discussion at 6pm.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Pictures at a Junior Portfolio Review: Fall 2010

It was a relatively small JAPR this semester -- only three students, Amanda Dabel, Lane Huntington, and Anza Jarschke were on the slate. Here are some pics of the artists and there work:

A partial list of topics broached:
The aesthetic overlap between cute and creepy
The effect of glazes on spatial perception
The spiral in ceramic forms
The negotiation of price-points for functional potters
The limits of umbrellas
Non-symmetrical rorschach tests

Thursday, November 4, 2010

the dust is here to stay

Sue Webster made some great trash pile art.....

Currently the New Gernres class is preparing to install the long anticipated exhibit "NWGN 430: Starland" this weekend. We have been brainstorming on how to make a large sculptural piece made of cardboard and other things we can find. I was playing around with making box piles and here are some phone snapshots.
I like this but it needs to be 100,000,000 times bigger :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Student Jesyka Hayworth has painted a mural in the back stairwell of the art building -- it was a midterm assignment for New Genres. Check it out when you get the chance -- here's a taste of it: