Tuesday, July 7, 2015

We Wanted To Wake Up New - Ceramics Student Exhibit - Library 580



We Wanted to Wake Up New
                
By Elizabeth Davis, 2015  

An artist inspired by history incorporates
archival resources into her work



On view at Alkek Library 580, 5th Floor, June 23 - August 31, 2015


We Wanted to Wake Up New, By Elizabeth Davis, 2015

Stoneware, Slip, Screen printing, Soda-fired
Biography

Elizabeth Davis is currently a Studio Art Major in the Ceramics Program at Texas State’s School of Art & Design.  Originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, she has also lived and studied in Budapest, Hungary, New York City, and Eugene and Portland, Oregon. The exhibited work, We Wanted to Wake Up New, is part of her portfolio to gain admission to a MFA Program in Ceramics. It combines her interests in History, Storytelling, and her three favorite mediums: writing, ceramics, and printmaking.

The longing to visualize a story or moment in someone’s life is one of the reasons I create art. Equally important is the unremitting desire to encounter a mystery and follow its path. Investigation and contemplation are paramount as is the need to intentionally stop short of a tidy explanation.
 
We Wanted to Wake Up New began as favor to a friend to make an inkwell for Civil War Reenactments. The inkwell shape quickly took on greater meaning as I imagined each one as a vessel containing a soldier’s desire to reflect, record, and communicate. I wondered how they might view our wars today. I wanted to talk to one of them. 

The words screen printed on the bottom of the inkwells come from the letters of Private William (Burkhart), dated 1862.  He writes from Headquarters in Velasco, TX and Camp Lubbock, TX to Celia Schrock in Waterville, TX.

Research
 
The second part of this project was to find an authentic letter of a Civil War soldier to screenprint on the bottom of the inkwells. It was important to me that the words come from a private, not an officer, stationed in Texas and reflect honestly his military and personal experience. With the help of librarians Margaret Vaverek at Alkek Library and Margaret Schlankey at the Briscoe Center for American History, I found letters from Confederate Army Private William (Burkhart) stationed at Camp Lubbock, Velasco, Texas, written to Celia Shrock of Waterville, Texas.

Process

The project took about 100 hours over the course of a semester. The main steps involved were the creation of the inkwells on the potter’s wheel, tracking down the original letter, creating a digital file from the letters to make screen printed decals, transferring the decals to the inkwells, and the two step firing process.

Letters

While I deliberately chose a range of legibility in the text, here are transcripts of the three excerpts used:
“Let others love the tented and battle field, and waste their time and destroy their constitutions in the race after face, but as for me let my life be one of peace, in the society of friends and relations.”
“If you were about to be transformed into a man, I would press it upon you, to make some other arrangements than going into the army. I advise you to engage a substitute, feign sickness or pretend to be dead. Do anything, rather than to be caught in my trap.”

“We have finally reached the point, which is beyond my descriptive powers, in its horror. Nature made it sufficiently attractive, but man in his vileness, has so entirely transformed the scene, that my spirits become dejected, my arm palsied, and melancholy takes general possession of me, when I contemplate its full reality.”

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Alkek Library Staff Art Show, 1st Floor

Drawing by Tara Spies
Come see visual art made by staff of the Alkek Library Building at Texas State University. Exhibit includes art by librarians, library assistants, and other staff in various departments of the library as well as staff in Instructional Technologies Support. See works of fiber arts, photography, jewelry, woodcut, paintings, drawings, and more!

 Alkek Library, 1st Floor, June 15th - July 31st, 2015.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Metaphoric Still Life, Art, and Books Exhibit - Alkek Library - 1st Floor

Still Life with a Gilt Cup or Still Life with a Broken Cup, Heda Willem 
Claesz, 1635, courtesy of the Rijksmuseum- Amsterdam
Metaphoric Still Life, Art, and Books Exhibit

May 6 - June 15, 2015
1st Floor Alkek Library
Texas State University

Curated by Studio Art Professor Kathleen McShane-Bolton and
Art & Design Librarian
Tara Spies Smith

A selection of 2-D Design students’ handmade accordion books inspired by their photographs exploring the metaphors of still lifes, nature morte, vanitas, momento mori, and mortality.

And featuring books about art on these various
themes, books about making books, and
accordion style books from
the library’s collection. Come check it out!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

See New Art & Design or Graphic Novel Titles

http://catalog.library.txstate.edu/record=b2749480~S1*enga
Would you like to see what new art & design or graphic novel titles have been added to the library's collection recently? Want to check all new titles added? You can, by viewing the new titles list for these areas!
You can subscribe to these lists as RSS feeds and get them through your favorite feed reader. Choose which one from the New Titles page.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Crushed Ivory Design Challenge - Call for Entries - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


http://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/crushed-ivory-design-poster.pdf
The U.S Fish & Wildlife Service is hosting the Crushed Ivory Design Challenge. Please read more about it, see examples, and read application instructions and deadlines on their site. This is an amazing design challenge with opportunities to bring your creative vision and proposal to fruition while also bringing more attention to the plight of elephants.

The Challenge:
We’re asking for your help to transform this crushed ivory to memorialize the elephants that have died, educate the world about the dangers of buying ivory, and crush illegal ivory trade. Through this pro-bono design challenge, you have the opportunity to create a compelling, thought provoking, informative and impactful display to increase awareness about our fight against illegal wildlife trade.



Thursday, October 2, 2014

San Antonio-based Artist and Photographer Mark Menjivar - Visiting Artist Lecture

Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 5pm in the Gallery Flex Space in JCM, the Art & Design Building at Texas State University.

Mark's work explores diverse subjects through photography, stories, and found objects while emphasizing dialogue and collaboration. Mark recently received his MFA in Art & Social Practice from Portland State University. His work has been shown at venues across the country including The Houston Center for Photography, The San Antonio Museum of Art, The Wignall Museum of Art, The University of Wisconsin-­Milwaukee, Baylor University, The Southwest School of Art and Central Michigan University. Mark's work has also been featured by TED, NPR, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Gastronomica, Orion Magazine, GUP Magazine and dozens more. In addition, his series, You Are What You Eat, won Director's Choice from CENTER and was a Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 project in 2009. In 2011 Mark received an artist grant from The Breckenridge Foundation. More information about Mark's work can be found at http://www.markmenjivar.com/.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Finding Images Workshop 9/26/14 @ 2PM

The Merry Family, Jan Havicksz. Steen, 1668
The Merry Family, Jan Havicksz. Steen, 1668, oil on canvas, h 110.5cm × w 141cm. From the Rijksmuseum.

Need to find good quality images for your presentations or papers? Come to the Finding Images workshop to learn how use the library’s image databases, books, and public domain/open access image websites to find high quality images in all different subject areas including art, advertising, journalism, popular culture and more. Presentation tips, copyright, and tech tools will be also briefly be covered. 9/26/14 @ 2PM in Alkek 101. Register here.