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Past Powered by PechaKucha Event: United States Artists 2014 Artists Assembly

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Building a simple metal church

BY MARLON BLACKWELL
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

One of the Arkansas regional modernist architects Marlon Blackwell was a bible salesman in his college years.  He is fascinated by taking the familiar and presenting it in a strange way. He is sharing his experience instilling strangeness and emphasis on the iconic through converting a metal shed into a church building.

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Let' s come together by playing banjo

BY ALLISON BROWN
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

A Grammy Award- winning banjo player from Nashville, Tennessee, and former investment banker Allison Brown is waliking us through the history of five string banjo in paintings and photography, its transition from African American slaves music to white Victorian parlors music and female orchestras and moving to the Northeast in the 60's. She is a co-founder of the internationally recognised Compass Records Group.

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Found Objects Art

BY EINAR DE LA TORRE
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

Artists Einar and Jamex de La Torre guide us through their baroque world of mixed media assemblage, installation and blown glass sculpture. Active since the mid 90`s they exhibited in Belgium, France, UK, Mexico and USA and are interested in creating dioramas and public installation small and big-scale works using layering of meaning and material.

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The Tale of Mohave Life

BY NATALIE DIAZ
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

Mojave native and writer Natalie Diaz is presenting her birthplace and first poetry book "When my brother was an Aztec". She is a recipient of the Holmes National Poetry Prize and is deeply involved with the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program.

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Ceasar's Bridge over the Rein

BY LIN HIXSON
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

The performance group Every house has a door was created by Mattew Goulish (playwright) and Lin Hixson (director) in 2008. They introduce us to their recent interdisciplinary projects - the installation performance Ceasar's Bridge and Testimonium. 

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Art is the Science of Play

BY D. SABELLA GRIMES
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

Artist D. Sabella Grimes is a choreographer, composer, writer and teacher, who delves into the multidimensionality of African cultural practices. In his dance projects he accentuates on the dual nature of human being as man and woman.

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The Amazing Art of the Waste

BY BENJAMIN BALL
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

Benjamin Ball is experimenting with the creation of architectural biodegradable sculptures like lamps, toy bricks, tanning boot, columns from soluable fiber, string, woven yarns and wild flower seeds combining different forms. He is experimenting with colors and quantifying the properties of the composite, nontoxic material in order to be used as a design material.

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Waving Goodbye

BY DEANNA DIKEMAN
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

"I had a new clarity of how midwestern I was, and what the midwest looked like. I got really excited about something that had seemed very ordinary to me."

In Waving Goodbye from United States Artists Assembly in Chicago, artist Deanna Dikeman guides us through her photography, billboard and poster projects. Her unassuming work, while humble is rife with intention and artful curiosity, relatable and resonating. Based in the Midwest, she explores the themes of family, childhood memories, dance, fashion, lost and found, life and death.

Visit www.deannadikeman.com for more of Deana's work and consider supporting her by picking up her book, "27 Good-byes".

This post is back by popular demand. It was "Presentation of the Day" on September 7th and again October 13th. 

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Smart Materials Design

BY DORIS SUNG
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

Doris Sung is a biologist and architect elaborating on the use of smart materials like termo-bio-metal and different geometry, 3D printing and digital technology in architecture.  She is working with self assembling systems, designing hardware, creating minirobotics and resilient buildings where people rely less on air conditioning in the summer time and developing window systems which retain the view while blocking the sunlight.

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Indigenous People and Cultural Art

BY NICOLAS GALANIN
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

Nicolas Galanin was brought in a traditional creative environment. He studied Jewellery design and Silversmithing, and dedicated his life to the continium of cultural art and to regain the displacement of his culture. He is also a musician and is interested in creating progress for the next generation.

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The Profound Beauty of Indigo

BY ROWLAND RICKETTS
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

"The choice to plant, transplant, weed, harvest, winnow, dry, compost, and ferment indigo entirely by hand is longer one of necessity. It is political. It is beautiful. It is labour. It is life." 

In The Profound Beauty of Indigo from Chicago's Powered by PechaKucha Event: United States Artists 2014 Artists Assembly, Ronald Rickettsshares his story of moving to Japan to teach English and explore Japanese craft heritage. He discovered indigo leaves and had an apprenticeship at a Tokushima dye factory. He became an indigo farmer, dyer and visual artist. His work developed into creating installations, establishing a social practice and spreading the indigo art. 

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Tuesday, August 12th, 2015.

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21st Century History Painter

BY SANDOW BIRK
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

Artist Sandow Birk work includes painitngs and woodblock prints. He is influenced by nineteen century European romantic painting which he layers with hip-hop culture and his art evolves from fictional history to real history painting. His themes are current events, the war in Iraq. His last project was a creation of illuminated manuscript based on traditional islamic manuscripts.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 27th 2015.

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Figurative Sculpture

BY TIP TOLAND
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

Figurative ceramic sculptor Tip Toland presents her sculptures and selfportraits with a lot of humor. Her contemporary work is psychological and spiritual. it explores the marginal, vulnerable, the joy which becomes painful, contemporary issues. She shares her process of charcoal drawing and sketches becoming 3D work.

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