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PechaKucha Presentation

Weird and Useless; a Journey into Art

PRESENTED ON JUN 02, 2017
IN HAMPTONS @ VOL 20

Monica Banks shares her journey into the world of art, from her major intallation Faces Times Square, which hung in Times Square, New York, to porcelain figures and cakes. She explores the concepts that drove her to create her works, and also explores what it means to be an artist.

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Chihei - Playful Porcelain

BY ANITA WING YI CHU
@ VOL 16 ON MAY 25, 2013

Chihei is a community arts project combining the traditional art of handpainted porcelain with new and playful visuals. Anita Wing Yi Chu and Carman Ka Man Ching, 2 of the company's members, share some of their products and the themes behind them, as well as their community events. 

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Quilting With Clay

BY PAMELA DOSS
@ VOL 5 ON JUN 15, 2013

You wouldn't expect quilting, clay, ferrous chloride, and a hand-made kiln to all be part of the same project. But Pamela Doss made it work along with 3,184 holes while she was in art school in Texas.

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WISP - Weird Illuminated Sky Paintings

BY BRENT MARSHALL
@ VOL 28 ON JAN 21, 2014

WISP or Weird Illuminated Sky Paintings is a collaborative project by three creative technologists, Brent Marshall, Partick Dinnen and Dre Labre. They want to capture the idea of whimsy or the first time you draw your name with a sparkler. 

"Presentation of the Day" on May 12, 2014. 

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Thin/Second/Onion/Fish

BY JO ROWLEY
@ VOL 17 ON APR 12, 2013

Johannette Rowley talks about her various series of sculptures and how it expresses themes of identity, conformity, joy and peeking behind the curtain in reference to society.
 
"Presentation of the Day" on April 17, 2014.
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My Journey Sculpting with Light

BY MARK CHAI
@ VOL 20 ON APR 18, 2014

Mark Chai's art is part of his spiritual journey. He creates three-dimensional pieces that are organic, abstract and conceptual. His inspiration comes from his love for the ocean, fascination with the structures of exotic flora and fauna, and a growing awareness of his genealogy.

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Forever Weird, and Not So Clear

BY ED KEEGAN
@ VOL 32 ON DEC 02, 2014

"Exploring the successful intersection of nature and design is THE challenge of the 21st century. Where does nature end and architecture begin?"

Writer and architect Ed Keegan tells us just why Chicago architecture is so weird. Ed delves into the history behind Chicago’s architectural oddities and ultimately concludes these unique spaces are a good thing. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 17, 2015.

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What Sculpture Gives to Me, What I Hope Sculpture Can Give to Everyone

BY BILL MCGRATH
@ VOL 3 ON MAY 12, 2016

Contemplating retirement after successive careers as an attorney then city administrator in his hometown of Batavia, Illinois, Bill McGrath has begun pursuing his love for art, specifically working in metal sculpture. Sculpture, like any artistic endeavor, presents the opportunity to express oneself to others, but also requires some emotional distance to remain true to one’s visions. He also shows how public art, sculpture in particular, can add to a community’s sense of place by speaking to values, history, and universal experiences, such as fear.

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Becoming Lao┬┤s Clay Animator

BY SOULIYA PHOUMIVONG
@ VOL 4 ON SEP 15, 2016

Souliya Phoumivong's presentation is about becoming the first Lao artist to make a stop motion animation, "The first animation that I made was a figure of myself with a buffalo – one boy and one buffalo. No studio. I used the city as the studio and placed them around the city". He is the director of Clay House Studio, dedicated to developing clay animation in Laos. 

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Metalwork Art at Mojo Gallery

BY ROBERT MOJO
@ VOL 20 ON JUN 02, 2017

Robert Mojo gives a brief account of his life through his metalwork, starting from his first piece to his giant kinetic sculptures that are iconic throughout the Hamptons. He also describes his work with rebar, and opening his own studio.