Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Art of Chris Dacre

Chris Dacre is an artist who I discovered my junior year at Syracuse and have been a fan of ever since. His large-scale, full room installations have been an inspiration for me in my transition from printmaking to more sculptural installation. I love his use of humor, color, and cartoonish aesthetic to address serious political topics, while still focusing on craft.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Northern Spark-This Saturday!

Whatever you are doing this weekend, it must involve coming to Northern Spark, the Twin Cities' very first nuit blanche festival. From dusk on Saturday until dawn early Sunday, the Cities will come alive with light and performance based artworks from over 100 artists and 50 participating organizations. Don't miss it!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

This is what I'm making today...

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon on a holiday weekend than baking rainbow cupcakes? I can't think of one.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Strawberry Fields Forever

It's hard to not love the playful nature of this adorable backpack made by Finnish textile and clothing design company Marimekko. Here's to a happy summer!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fecalface.com Photos of the Day

Today some images from Jump on in! were made photos of the day on fecalface.com, one of my favorite art blogs based out of San Francisco!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

4,000 Ball Pit Balls

Have you ever had that dream of turning your apartment into a giant ball pit? To relive those days of McDonald's Play Lands and IKEA's kid area? Well, now your dreams can become a reality! I am selling 4,000 ball pit balls in a fun mix of yellow, green, purple and blue. Each ball has been hand-cleaned with anti-bacterial soap and is ready for lots of play! See my Criagslist ad for more details.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Jump on in! Video

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Work of Tonya Solley Thronton

Tonya Solley Thronton's Twilight in the Valley from 2006 and Candy Mountain Wonderland are two of my all time favorite installations, well that I've seen on the internet. The video of Twilight is so magical and eerie, just the right combo, I recommend you watch it.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Work of Haas & Hahn

Today I discovered the work of artist duo Haas & Hahn, who use art to bring beauty to the slums of Brazil. Totally inspiring.

Sometimes you just need to say goodbye...

It is that time of transition, where some things just need to go. So long original daisy bush, you've inspired many recent projects.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Student Work-Perspective Drawings

Some of my students' final charcoal perspective drawings.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Northern Spark still needs Volunteers!

As Northern Spark's Volunteers Coordinator, I am still looking for about 50 more volunteers to fill in shifts as Smart City Walkers, Smart Bus Riders and Survey Seekers on festival night! Sign-up now and tell your friends!!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Student Work-Stop Motions

My students had to work together in groups of 4-5 and come up with about a minute long stop-motion using charcoal. Enjoy the results!

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Adventures of a Fruitcrate and Other Tales

I'd like to share with you the story behind the characters of Jump on in!, in comic book form. In the gallery, on the wall opposing the installation, is a series of hand-colored 22" x 30" woodblock prints of this same story. What follows are the original drawings, the black and white version. Limited edition 22" x 30" hand-printed and signed woodblock prints of each page (in black and white) are available for purchase, $15 plus shipping. Please email me at robinschwartzman@gmail.com for inquiries.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Japanese never seize to AMAZE me! Check out this Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant in Tokyo!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Article about Jump on in! in the MNDaily

Carter Haaland, arts reporter from the MNDaily, interviewed me last weekend. Here is the article that just came out, reviewing the thesis show!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Jump on in! pictures up!

Thanks to the amazing Mark Vancleave for documenting my entire thesis show and opening! To check out images of my newest installation, visit the Jump on in! section of my website. Do not click this if you are planning to come see the show in person!!!

Scene Painting-Column with Drapery

Done! My last assignment for my scene painting class with Lance Brockman.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Work of Misaki Kawai

Japanese artist Misaki Kawai's work has this incredible blend of sophistication and crudeness. Her use of space, especially in terms of installation, is both unique and compelling. She successfully integrates craft with fine art in every detail and texture of her colorful, innocently grotesque, yet whimsical creations. I am a big fan, you should be too!

Sunday, May 1, 2011