Monday
Nov042013

Mark Menjivar / Super G Experiential Residency

Current Art & Social Practice 3rd year MFA student Mark Menjivar is doing a one-week residency at the Super G Experiential Residency Program in Greensboro, NC.

In conjunction with the Super G Experiential Residency Program, Mark Menjivar has been collaborating with flea market vendors to create a Luck Installation. All items in the installation relate to luck and have been sourced from the grocery store and various vendors at the Super G Flea Market. Some items included are: cinnamon, cats, dice, dream catchers, NASCAR memorabilia, shot glasses, UFOs, dolphins, candles, food items, fortune cookies and more.

This installation is an extension of the Luck Archive - an ongoing exploration into luck that Menjivar has been working on for over 2 years. Menjivar is inviting visitors to experience the installation and contribute to the archive.

On Saturday November 9th from 9AM-11AM there will be an open house with the artist at the Super G Flea Market located at 4927 W Market St. in Greensboro. All are welcomed!

The Super G: Experiential Residency Program is an intensive three-week residency that invites thinkers and practitioners to collectively develop projects that are directed towards the production of “experience.”

The Super G Mart is a 75,000 square foot international supermarket and public flea market. Residents are given a 144 square foot space within the flea market to use and transform in any way wish. This space can act as a central hub for exploring the Super G, an actual site for social engagement, a temporary resource for the public, or simply a place to sit and do nothing.

Resident groups invited to the program can range from professionals and amateurs in a vast variety of disciplines from musicians, architects, poets, yogi’s, carpenters, anthropologists, chefs, athletes, and more.

Tuesday
Jul162013

MOBILITY DEVICE: CARMEN PAPALIA

Artist and PSU Art and Social Practice MFA alum Carmen Papalia started using a white cane when he began to lose his vision nearly ten years ago. For one day, through his performance piece titled Mobility Device, he replaced his cane with The Great Centurion Marching Band of Century High School, Santa Ana.
 
A short documentary film by Mickey Fisher on Papalia’s performance art project at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA can be found online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=210rI8GgCgc


(Carmen Papalia with the Century HS Marching Band, Santa Ana, CA)



Wednesday
Apr242013

Eric Steen Awarded Outstanding Instructor of the Year 

Eric Steen, alumni of the Art & Social Practice concentration at PSU, was awarded Outstanding Instructor of the year in the Letters, Arts & Sciences college at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The prestigious award was given to only two instructors out of a total of twenty departments in the college. The award was based on recommendations from colleagues, students, and after class-visits from committee members. Eric has taught community based and socially engaged art classes at the university for three years and began his teaching career as Faculty of Record while a grad student at PSU.

Friday
Apr192013

CounterCraft: PSU Art and Social Practice in Residence at MoCC


How can we expand the definition of craft to include artists, makers, hackers, and do-ers, who are less visible? From the marginal to the illicit, how can exploring these clandestine craft practices help examine society, culture, and ourselves?

From the Lab at MoCC, the MFA students of PSU’s Art and Social Practice program will explore these questions through an ongoing series of programs, workshops, and events. The concept of CounterCraft will become the foundation for this unique residency partnering PSU and PNCA in dialogue in conjunction with 2013 Open Engagement.

By defining counter as outside the mainstream, we aim to highlight: firstly, counter-publics engaged in craft practices; and secondly, the making and distribution of counter-craft objects. CounterCraft seeks to explore processes and materials ranging from the utilitarian to the destructive, and interrogate concepts of social, cultural, political, and economic value related to this diverse representation of “crafters” and their crafts.

CALENDAR:

Thursday April 11, 6:30-8pm, The Lab at MoCC:

Workshop: The Botanical Craft of Attraction, organized by Heather Donahue and Sarah McLaughlin

Saturday April 27, 3-5pm, The Lab at MoCC:

Workshop: The Silk Road Marketplace and the Craft of the Deep Net, organized by Travis Neel

Tuesday April 30, 5:30-7:30pm, The Lab at MoCC:

Workshop: Bike Theft Storytelling and Theft Site Identification, organized by Zach Gough and Erin Charpentier

Thursday May 9, 6:30-8pm, The Lab at MoCC:

Panel Discussion: Crafting Conversation to Get What You Want: Art and Social Practice and the Art of the Ask featuring Harrell Fletcher, MK Guth, and Ariana Jacob, organized and moderated by Jen Delos Reyes

Saturday May 11, 1-3pm, The Lab at MoCC:

Drop-in-and-Make: May is Family Month, organized by Sharita Towne and Betty Marin

Friday May 17, 4-6pm, The Upper Gallery at MoCC:

Visiting Artist: Juna Rosales Muller presents Mending Patriotism, organized by Erin Charpentier

Tuesday May 21, 6:30-8pm, The Lab at MoCC:

Visiting Artist: Shani Peters presents Crafting Counter Histories: The Art of Counter Storytelling, organized and presented in collaboration with Sharita Towne

Saturday May 25, 3-5pm, The Lab at MoCC:

Workshop: Nail Craft, organized by Betty Marin and Grace Hwang

Saturday June 1, 3-5pm, The Lab at MoCC:

Workshop: Lost Craft, organized by Betty Marin and Patricia Vasquez

Friday
Mar152013

Introducing: The Art and Social Practice Workbook 

 An exhibition featuring the Art and Social Practice Workbook; an edited volume of assignments from students, 

faculty,visiting artists, and alumni of Portland State University's Art and Social Practice MFA Program. Visitors

of the exhibition will be able to assemble their own workbook from printouts of the text designed by students of 

the program, Erin Charpentier and Travis Neel. Visitors will also be invited to submit their own assignments for 

possible use in the workbook. This exhibition will accompany a lecture by Professor and Co-director of the 

program Jen Delos Reyes, regarding the topic of education and Art and Social Practice. Also on display, a 

collective bibliography and relevant framing questions by Paul Ramirez-Jonas, a visiting professor in the program.



Participating Artists:

Erin Charpentier

Jen Delos Reyes

Heather Donahue

Fallen Fruit

Farm School

Harrell Fletcher

Zachary Gough

Alexi Hudon

Grace Hwang

Betty Marin

Mario Mesquita

Adam Moser

Travis Neel

Carmen Papalia

Douglas Paulson

Paul Ramirez Jonas

Sean Schumacher

Alysha Shaw

Molly Sherman

Temporary Services

Transformazium

Lexa Walsh

Caroline Woolard

 

The exhibition will run from March 20 - April 7 at Civic Space in Windsor, ON.

The lecture will take place on March 21 at 12pm at the School of Arts and Creative Innovation, University of Windsor.