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Matthew Cummings

Artist/Designer, Matthew Cummings Studios in Knoxville

The Moon is my Scholar Rock

PRESENTED ON FEB 11, 2016
IN KNOXVILLE @ VOL 18

"I was really interested in the challenge of replicating these textures, patterns, and forms of meteorites."

For Matthew Cummings, artwork has always been personal journey for escape and meditation in both the making process and viewing.  "The Moon is my Scholar Rock" from PechaKucha Night Knoxville Vol. 18 is a look at the work from his last solo exhibition, 'The Moon is my Gongshi'.  This group of work examined the moon as an object of meditation, the tradition of Chinese Scholar Rocks or Gongshi, and the inspiring career of his grandfather-in-law, Charles Bradshaw, who ran the computations department for NASA during the development of Rocket Technology. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016. 

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Kev Rock

BY KEVIN GIBSON
@ VOL 66 ON OCT 28, 2009

Kevin Gibson was about to turn 40 when he had a great idea: why not have a rock concert to celebrate, and ask all his favorite bands when he was growing up to play? The rest is history, welcome to Kev Rock!

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Rock & Reel

BY MIKE RYAN
@ VOL 47 ON FEB 27, 2013

Mike Ryan talks about Rock & Reel, a local arts project that works with musicians and filmmakers to create collaborative works. The project groups musicians and filmmakers randomly into pairs, and gives them 3 days to create a narrative work together.

Sound Note: Crowd noise is heavy for the first 10 seconds or so.

 

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Golden Moon

BY KRISTOF CROLLA
@ VOL 15 ON MAY 24, 2013

Kristof Crolla discusses his work on "Golden Moon", an installation at 2012 Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Wonderland in Hong Kong. From initial design to building and execution, Crolla leads the audience through the process of creating the moon, capping the presentation with stunning photos of the finished product. 

"Presentation of the Day" on July 18, 2013.

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Illuminating Mahina

BY SONIA CHIYOMI FABRIGAS
@ VOL 18 ON AUG 16, 2013

Sonia Chiyomi Fabrigas talks about Illuminating Mahina, which is a project supporting a multitude of Hawaii’s local multicultural, science, spiritual, women and educational organizations relating to the moon that also promotes living sustainably and from a place of aloha. Sonia shares stories about these people.

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Let Me Learn the Lessons You Have Hidden In Every Leaf and Rock

BY MATTHEW DEBARDELABEN
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 11, 2014

Matthew Debardelaben shares excerpts from a short book he is writing for his boys titled, "Let Me Learn the Lessons You Have Hidden In Every Leaf and Rock." The first time we hear grandpa speak he says to the boy, “That which is lacking in the present world is a profound knowledge of the nature of things.” The book follows grandpa and the boys as they experience the world together. The book is being illustrated by Dani Collins.

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Through a Glass Lightly

BY AMY ANDERSON
@ VOL 13 ON JUN 05, 2015

Less that 2 weeks before this event Amy Anderson learned that there would be glass art on display in the gallery. She put together this presentation that explores all of the ways we interact with glass - emotionally, spiritually, physically, and many more. I guess all that time spent in libraries (see her previous PK) has paid off.

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Rock Solid Dreams

BY BECCA KACANDA
@ VOL 1 ON OCT 15, 2015

Grottoes! Isn't it everyones secret desire to create one? This presenter explains what grottoes are, highlights the largers grotto in Iowa, and how she uses this art form to express herself.

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Guitars, Rock and Roll, the Stranglers, David Bowie and MORE!

BY JOHN ELLIS
@ VOL 9 ON FEB 22, 2016

John Ellis shares on a number of topics including his time with the Strangerls meeting Iggy Pop and David Bowie...and MORE! Ellis is an English guitarist and songwriter.

Between late 1990 and 2000, Ellis was a member of the punk rock band The Stranglers, starting with the album Stranglers In the Night. During that period he also created music for European Art exhibitions and several short films. Ellis left the Stranglers in 2000. He is an exponent of the E-bow guitar.

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Pop Up Urbanism – Black Rock City

BY THOM WHITE
@ VOL 16 ON NOV 12, 2016

What happens when some friends start having a Summer solstice bonfire on the beach? Well, if you keep it up long enough you end up building the 3rd largest city in Nevada for 70,000 radical self-expressionists for one week a year, and then erasing all trace of it until the next solstice. Thom White has been participating for a number of years and shares his insider knowledge of Black Rock City and the Burning Man Festival.