Sunday, July 06, 2008

this is Old School, baby

Several months ago Janine Vangool of Uppercase Gallery put a call out to artists to see if anyone would be interested in participating in her next show, entitled "Old School". Needless to say, the response was overwhelming - I am honored to be one of the participants (and the only artist from Kansas City)! Here's a little blurb about Old School from Uppercase:

The "Old School" theme will celebrate the aesthetics of twentieth century education through an art exhibition and companion book, as well as curated objects. It is inspired by vintage flash cards, old desks, biology class, science fairs, crayons, card catalogs, textbooks, class photos, teachers, yearbooks, lunchboxes, gym class, maps, lockers, report cards, film strips, recess, spelling, chalk... and the list goes on!

one of my favorite drawers in my studio

How fun! Considering how many "old school" things I have in my studio and the wonderful inspiration packet that Janine sent each of us, I started to get lots of ideas of what my piece could be. One of my favorite drawers in my studio contains all kinds of little things that I've collected over the years: game pieces, blocks, bottlecaps, plastic toys and various cards. I also have a piece of furniture that's made up of 18 little drawers. Each drawer contains various paper bits that I've collected including old photographs, old postcards filled with wonderful handwriting, pages out of old textbooks, tickets from county fairs, and bingo cards, to name a few.

the blocks I used to make my piece

As I considered what to make, though, what came to mind were these amazingly cool old wooden blocks that my husband spotted recently. About a month ago we ventured out with his mom to a local antique mall that I hadn't been to in years. Despite the fact that he spotted these gems, I walked out without them. Well, we went back the other day and they were still there so I snatched 'em up. Aren't they cool?! These blocks will be the base of my Old School piece and as I work on it, I'll be posting my process on flickr. Check it out, here. Stay tuned for more soon!

To see more about Old School, check out this great post by perfectbound where they've featured some wonderful artwork by some of the other participants. In addition to the show, there is also going to be an Old School book that will feature artwork from the show. You can pre-order it here.

*Old School image taken from Uppercase.

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